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A bit of psychology

Summary: I have summed up the actuality – reality – story model, which is philosophical in nature in the first 14,000 or so words. With the introduction of the three powers/capacities – perception, communication, and action, I have moved it into the human realm, from philosophical to psychological. If all existence is a dialogue, a movement, an interplay between actuality, reality, and story, then by understanding how humans play out their lives in this existence gives us insights into humanity. My first non-philosophical based thoughts, the first psychological human based thoughts were concerning omniscience – those with the ability to perceive to a greater extent than normal. So I differentiated based on ability. The second distinction I made was between populist and individual.

I’ll now extend my thoughts on human nature, using the three level model as my base. First, a story to put my thoughts in place. When the world first came into existence, there were no living beings, only matter. Rocks, mountains, water, lava, and air. There was only one plane, and that was actuality. No life form existed who could view things otherwise. Thus was born actuality, the first level.

Suddenly, a crack of lightning, or the hand of God came down, and the first life form came into existence. This beast was motivated by survival, and using whatever means it had it reached out and tried to understand its new world so it could act in it and live. It formed a reality based on its power of perception, and acted on this reality based on its ability to act. The beast’s reality was similar to actuality, but not exact. Its viewpoint had its failings yet allowed the beast to survive. And it started to change actuality as it forged ahead. Thus was born the level of reality, formed by perception to be acted on. Over the years, new life forms came into existence. There was no longer one reality walking the world, but multiple realities. The beast found it impossible to avoid coming into contact with the new life forms with their own realities, and even advantageous when it came to cooperation. Furthermore, it needed to propagate, and this entailed communication and interaction. The beast started to communicate its reality, and listen to the attempts of other beast to communicate their reality to him. Thus the level of story emerged.

All humans perceive actuality and act on their perceptions to survive. Given that we live in society, we must communicate and interact in order to convey what we have perceived in order to survive. So we all must live in the three spheres and use our powers of perception, communication, and action. A balanced person is able to marshal all the powers to a degree, but I doubt there is ever a true balance. Someone may be poor at action and decent at communication, but excel at perception. Another may excel at action and perception, but be only good at communication. I think one can analyze oneself and determine what power one leans to, and that which one lacks, relative to the other. Note that I am talking about self-analysis here, a relative ranking of one’s capacity to the other. Not a relative ranking of one’s power to that of another person. This is different and does not interest me.

Questions: Here are some questions that would help one determine one’s tendencies, the level to which one leans.
1. Do you think and work out your feelings before you act or do you tend to dive right into something? This question determines the tendency of a person to be an actor or a perceiver. An actor doesn’t concern himself or herself too much with perceiving actuality, just affecting actuality. A perceiver would rather be sure of what is actual before jumping into something.
2. Do you wait before you speak to observe more and work out your thoughts and feelings or do you speak and let that determine your thoughts and feelings? This question determines the tendency of a person to be a perceiver or a communicator. A perceiver needs a firm concept of reality before they choose to communicate. A communicator believes that dialogue leads to reality, and that truth can be reached by working off what others say.
3. Do you like to speak about what you are planning to do, or do you find you’d rather act first and talk about it later? This question determines the tendency of a person to be a communicator or an actor. A communicator solicits the opinions of others and communicates their intentions before they choose to do something. An actor prefers to jump into things rather than talk about what they want to do.

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