Monday 24 July 2017

Short Observations

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JMH International Essays — Announcement

Original Essays on the Psychology of Anger and/or Violence 

We thank all those who have submitted an essay to the JMH International Prize Essay Contest. As of now, February 1, 2017, we have decided not to continue with the contest.

For those who feel they have an important contribution to the subject of the Psychology of Anger and/or Violence, please feel free to submit your essay with the form provided here. If the judges agree that the essay is a significant contribution, we will publish it here (subject to agreement with the author).

We include here links related to past essays — For the 2014 contest, click here for the summary article and here for the list of winners; for the 2015 contest, click here for the summary article and the list of winners; and for the 2016 contest, click here.

Longer Observations

The Law of Limited Attention:

A person can pay attention to only 2, or at the most, 3 things at one time. If we are stretching our attention and trying to pay attention to say 3 things and a fourth thing comes along and we try to attend to it also, the fourth thing becomes the new first and the others recede. Some psychological research indicates some can pay attention to 7 things at once. This does not contradict the principle; it only changes the numbers.

Corollary: There are many things in the world, most everything, about which you are not now aware. And if you do become aware of one or more of these things, you will not be aware of what you are aware of now, and there will still be an endless number of things that you are not aware of.

Corollary: There are many things in the self, most everything, about which you are not now aware. And if you do become aware of one or more of these things, you will not be aware of what you are aware of now --there will always be an endless number of things in the self that you are not aware of.

Corollary: In pre-scientific times this law may have been formulated in different ways. For example, in alchemy there was an important law that was supposed to have been formulated by Maria the Jewess: “The One becomes Two. The Two becomes Three, and the Three becomes Four as One.” It is possible that this was an ancient way of formulating this law about attention.

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Two Approaches to Understanding Psychology

via reflection on the world
via reflection on one's immediate experience
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   the One   the Whole
the Sacred
the Ordinary
People
Action
Experience
Consciousness
Universals
feeling stuck
feelings of failing,        of dying
waiting
 waking up — feeling reborn
   focusing   on the self
confronting the   unconscious
the whole person
living in multiple       worlds
learning about     the world
feelings of success,     of the good life