Thursday 27 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 Perspectives:

There are two Global Perspectives on Life.

"Life is good with painful moments"


"Life is painful with pleasant moments."

At any one point in time you can have one perspective or the other but not both.

People can and do go back and forth between perspectives.

It is parallel to a painter who can start with a dark canvas or a light canvas but not with both at the same time.

There is no way to evaluate which perspective is better, because everything a person thinks and does comes from one of the perspectives and is "colored" by it.

The only possibility of an objective evaluation is if there is a third perspective or point of view from which to view the other two.

I think there is such a third point of view that does not combine the first two but grows out of them organically.

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