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My Failures - Part 1 of ?

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I have been fretting over starting this article for two days.


The basic idea here is that I have made various errors of judgment, decision, and action in the past. Because I have not adequately examined these errors I have not sufficiently developed the ability to avoid them in the future and do better. To do better in the future we must learn from the past. To develop foresight we must develop hindsight. A number of psychologists and philosophers talk about this. My favorite is Jordan Peterson. Here are two selections from his paper "Self-Deception Explained", and one from "Complexity Management Theory". (Somewhere he expresses the exact idea that I'm using better, but I can't find it at the moment.)

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...not only do those who avoid get worse, but those who voluntarily expose themselves to the anxiety-provoking and depressing – even if extremely traumatic – get better! Pennebaker and colleagues have demonstrated, for example, that normal indivi…

Explorations in Business - Part 3 of ?

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This is my third time trying to write this article in the last two weeks.


Here was my last attempt.

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I always wanted to have an interesting life, and I do.

I have done the classics like mountain climbing, skydiving, alligator wrestling, whitewater rafting, running with bulls, scuba diving, ice luging, road tripping, etc. I officiated my second wedding this weekend, I just arranged to borrow the staffs, swords, and dueling pistols for one of my four speeches at the Harry Potter festival in Sparta, Michigan this summer, I'm writing notes for the comic book I'm working on, and the philosophy papers I'm working on, and the fictional tales I'm working on, and I'm editing horror stories for the "Horror Without Borders" anthology for the Russian publisher I'm working with. All of that just starts to hit on the interesting things I've done, but I have a bit of a problem.

Since I've focused so much on doing interesting things that almost a…

The Charismatic Elizabeth Holmes

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Elizabeth Holmes built a 9 billion dollar company on her personality, and her personality alone. That's charisma. (Theranos is now worth zero dollars, but that's another story about corruption, fraud, deceit, empty dreams and promises, and her future prison sentence.)


My three favorite books on charisma are "Prophetic Charisma" by Len Oakes, "The Spellbinders" by Ann Ruth Willner, and "Charisma" by Charles Lindholm. There are tons of insights in each of them.

Without reading about charisma at all you would probably notice a few things about Elizabeth Holmes. She is a solid public speaker and tells a great story about her uncle getting sick. It's a great story to build a medical testing company on, which is what she did. She has a really deep voice and an icy stare. And she's extremely confident.

(None of this is bad. What's bad is that she used her skills to defraud a bunch of people by telling them that her and her company had invente…

Lack of Consistent Goal Pursuit

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I'm going to try to understand my own lack of consistent goal pursuit in this article. We must start by realizing that the odds that I will be very insightful or successful in this endeavor are low. I will approach it from two perspectives. I will lay out the ideas first and then see how they apply to my story.


First, a unique view that's no longer in favor from phenomenology and existentialism. The idea is that there is no unconscious. There is no repression. Instead, there are just things that we are not conscious of. There are things that we don't know. Instead of the idea that there are things that we were aware that were too painful, this idea says that we never really examined them in the first place.

Let's use an analogy. Imagine you're standing in the middle of a room looking towards one wall. Let's call that wall your conscious awareness. You can't see the wall behind you. With the more traditional idea of the unconscious and repression you aren…

Psychological Landscape, Timescape, and Symbolscape

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Life is complex. We need frameworks to help us organize that complexity. Here are three that I've been thinking about.


Psychological Landscape

First, how we represent the world. Jordan Peterson often characterizes the world as having two basic areas, a known area and an unknown area. This is true at several levels. There is the territory that we have explored and the territory that we haven't explored.

This can be physically true. I have explored the forests in West Michigan quite a lot. I haven't even been to the Florida Everglades. It is also true in a more general sense. I know a decent amount about literature, but little about chemistry.

Encounters and awareness of the unknown reveal our vulnerability and insufficiency, and thus cause anxiety. It's important for us to voluntarily confront these vulnerabilities, insufficiencies, and the unknown to the degree that we can.

I want to expand on this a bit. I think that two primary landscapes can be shown that are separat…

Why is Slytherin House Bad?

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Is Slytherin house bad? Should they be bad? Why?


Intro

There are four houses in "Harry Potter": Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin. Each is associated with certain psychological traits and attributes. Gryffindor is associated with bravery, Ravenclaw is associated with intelligence, Hufflepuff takes everyone but is most closely associated with friendliness and loyalty, and Slytherin is associated with ambition.

Slytherin is not presented as all bad in "Harry Potter", but they are presented as almost all bad. This is not particularly popular because many people are in Slytherin. But, there are good reasons for this. (Also, it's important to point out that no one is a pure fit for a house. Some of the characters in "Harry Potter" even seem to be a bit of a contradiction.)

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I did one test where it gave you the percentages of which house you would fit in. I was rated 43% Ravenclaw, 26% Gryffindor, 19% Slytherin, and 12% Hufflepuff.

(I…

An Interesting Note on Suicide from Viktor Frankl

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Viktor Frankl focused on suicide quite a bit throughout his career. First, with the unemployed youth in Vienna after WW1. Then, with the persecuted and targeted leading up to WW2. After that, with prisoners in the concentration camps. This may be his most important paragraph on the subject.


I read this in the introduction of "The Feeling of Meaninglessness" by Viktor Frankl. It's a quote from an earlier work.

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Now insofar as it is necessary to evaluate precisely to what extent the seriousness of suicide risk a person represents, either when one is determining the advisability and reasonableness of discharging the patient from a closed facility, or else during a patient’s initial intake into inpatient institutional care, I myself have created a standard method that proves itself effective without fail. It enables us to provide a diagnosis of continued suicide risk, or rather to make a diagnosis of the dissimulation of suicidal tendencies as such. At first, we…

A Small Adjustment to "On My Personality"

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In "On My Personality" I delved quite deeply into my personality. I want to make one small adjustment though.


Thinking of myself as an "open conceptual explorer" sounds cool. But I'm not sure that gives you or me a good grasp on what I'm actually made for. I think "wanderer" might be a better classification. And, thinking about this, it fits pretty darn well.

I wanted to be an international traveler bouncing around to different countries. This isn't really feasible now because of my health issues, but I'm still drawn to it when I see other people doing it while teaching English as a second language. I like have deep and long conversations that wander around wildly between subjects. Most people have a difficult time with this, but it's the best way to keep me from being bored. I do the same thing with writing and reading. What am I reading about right now? A weird mix of a bunch of different things. What do I write about? A weird mix of…

On My Personality

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My personality has always been a bit... different. And, as the years have progressed, I've slowly been able to gain some insight into the nature of this difference.


Let's start with a personality trait breakdown. There are different ways to do this, but we are doing this one. (An example of what these numbers mean: I'm in the 26th percentile in agreeableness means that out of 100 people I am more agreeable than 26 of them, and less agreeable than 73 of them.)

Agreeableness - 26th percentile
- Compassion - 21st percentile
- Politeness - 38th percentile

Conscientiousness - 0th percentile
- Industriousness - 0th percentile
- Orderliness - 0th percentile

Extraversion - 18th percentile
- Enthusiasm - 21st percentile
- Assertiveness - 22nd percentile

Neuroticism - 87th percentile
- Withdrawal - 93rd percentile
- Volatility - 72nd percentile

Openness to Experience - 97th percentile
- Openness - 97th percentile
- Intellect - 94th percentile

If you want to be traditionally successf…

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