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

Site News:

April 1: 2016: I plan on doing an ongoing psychological commentary on the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. It can be reached here.

March 12, 2016: A book, The Mountain Archetype: A Psychological Approach; is now available to read for free. The results for the 2nd annual JMH International Prize Essay Contest have been announced (see Home page). 

November 23, 2014: 1) The results for the JMH International Prize Essay Contest have been announced on this Home Page. 2) This site has been newly designed. If there are any problems. We are ironing out a few problems. If you notice any problems, please feel free to contact us through the contact form (click on the Contact link at the top of this page). Thanks.

October 18, 2014: The contest is over, and the judges are working on their decision. The decision will be announced by December 1, 2014. I have been working on a new version of the whole website and have been spending a lot of time on this. I have been writing but not as much. The focus is twofold: making the site work better with Joomla version 3 and also working on a circular menu that will better capture the category system fundamental to this site.

March 25, 2014: Announcing a Prize Contest that we are helping with. Soon we will be announcing the details of this contest. Essays will be accepted on the Psychology of Anger and/or Violence. There will be a $1,000 First Prize, a $500 Second Prize, a $250 Third Prize, and five Honorable Mention prizes of $50 each. The contest is open to anyone in any country though there are restrictions in accordance with the laws of this and other countries. The essays will not have to be from professional psychologists, but they will have to be in English. The goal will be to get an original point of view of the psychological side of anger and/or violence.

February 26, 2014: I forgot to mention that there is a new section (a new menu item) on Notes to Readers. And there is a section (with a new menu item) on Psychological Paradoxes for readers who enjoy thinking and thought puzzles.

February 6, 2014: I have continued adding research data on the use of metaphors in psychological speech. I have now added nearly 5000 examples and have roughly 5000 more to go. The data can be found in table form under "Research Data" in the menu at the left of the Home page. I am working to analyze it and to present some of it in chart form. In addition, I have added a number of new articles as well as Short Ideas and Long Ideas. These can be found in various places on the Home page.

September 18, 2013: I have begun to present my collection of data (and my observations on it) relating to metaphors that appear in psychological talk. This topic, in my mind, dovetails with the topics of symbolism and dream imagery. The relevant material is in the menu at the left, under "Research Data."

March 19, 2013: I have rewritten the beginning of the Start Here page and recommend to anyone who is taking this site seriously to re-read this page or, if you've never read it, to read it now.

March 17, 2013: I have been doing a significant reorganization of this site so that it can help me meet my goals better.

March 3, 2013: For about thirteen months now I have been working on a book about Anxiety. I estimate it is about 3/4 done. A copy of an early version of the first six chapters is currently up on this site. The book has absorbed much, but not all my attention.

March 6, 2012: I have added a new Home Page tab: "Opinion." I have wanted to have a place where I can put observations about current events. These ideas are more "off the cuff." They are not researched.

February 13, 2012: I have been working on expanding a few articles that I think might be useful. It is taking longer than I thought, as there is much reading involved. I have added new articles. I also have been working on adding a store and putting some of the articles in eBook formats. I have conceived of the site as, in part, helping me financially in my retirement, and I am trying to figure out a way I can keep most of it free yet still bring in some money. I also am working on recording some of the writings, so they can be listened to, say while driving.

August 25, 2011: The Self-Knowledge Inventory is now functioning, but it is still at a neonatal stage. I plan on adding to it a little at a time and integrating what I add with other parts of the site.

June 19, 2011: Here is an update since the last note. For the top menu, all the items are finished. For the main menu, the Home page is okay. The Key Concepts and Psychological Laws are complete. The Lessons, Part 2 have not been written. One of the lessons is Lessons, Part 1 are done: the one on Consciousness. The ones on Attention and Discrimination are there, but not completely done.

I have added many "Short ideas," probably two or three a week. There is a new "Longer idea."

More published articles have been put up. Many images are up but have not yet been annotated. Most of the unpublished material has not yet been put up.

March 20, 2011. This is a new site, and it is in progress, both with the design and with adding content. Please be patient and feel free to point out flaws. There is a lot of content that I have not added yet. There is some I have added but in an incomplete form. And the organization is not yet complete. I will be adding more and more content over the next weeks and months. In order to determine where to begin in this site and how to approach it, I recommend that the new visitor click on Start Here and then Site Goals. All new news will be added here, in Site News.

Thank you,

Thomas Hersh

Two Approaches to Understanding Psychology

via reflection on the world
via reflection on one's immediate experience

   the One   the Whole
the Sacred
the Ordinary
feeling stuck
feelings of failing,        of dying
 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