Friday 28 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

Longer observation (14): An Objective Measure of Success?: Here is a mathematical formula offered as an expression of the amount of success in a person's life: s = (h-l) + w + gwh - d

In the formula s stands for success.

h stands for the heights to which you have risen.

l stands for the lowest depths from which you started your climb up, so (h-l) is the distance you have risen. A person who started low and rose to the middle, came further — has a larger (h-l) — than someone who started very high and has risen to near the top.

wstands for how much work — effort, energy, force applied over time — was necessary to overcome the obstacles to get to h. So if you worked very hard to go even a short way, your w may be higher than someone who is very high up but who got there without much effort.

gwh stands for the amount of good work (gw) you are trying to do in your current position (h): If you are lazy and doing nothing much in your present position (h), or if you are working hard but are not trying to increase the good (the good as you see it), your gwh is near zero. On the other hand, if you are working hard but are doing bad things (bad by your own standards), your gwh is below zero (as gwh can have a negative value).

Finally, once you have figured out your (h-l) + w + gwh, to figure out the total amount of your success, you have to subtract d from the sum you have arrived at so far, where d stands for the amount of destruction you did in getting to where you are now (this time not measured by your own, personal, definition).

— If you accept this definition, you see it requires self-honesty and an openness to self-knowledge to make an accurate assessment of how successful you are and that it is not an easy, single step process.

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