Over the past 40 years I have, as a clinical psychologist and researcher, been studying human nature, the judgments we make about each other, and the consequences of those judgments on our emotions and relationships. I’ve gained deep insights about a very common psychological phenomenon I call “people-appraisal,” which occurs when we make judgments, typically without conscious awareness, about the intrinsic worth and goodness of people. In doing so, we are assigning a value to what we believe is a person’s true nature.
This judgmental tendency is a root cause of divisiveness among people which manifests in problems at many…
Material (physical) entities cannot exist without boundaries (borders, perimeters). Sounds simple, but a deeper look into physical boundaries is key to understanding essential elements of our reality and existence. This article presents a thought experiment that examines reality to reveal an incredible mystery science cannot explain.
Reality could not possibly exist without this fundamental concept!
I contend that there’s a single concept (a mental abstraction, principle, idea, notion, conception) that’s fundamental to the reality we experience. The concept is fundamental because it is the :
To identify this fundamental concept, let’s begin by examining the very earliest moment of our Universe.
The Cosmic Inflation theory states that, in the early Universe, the Big Bang was preceded by very brief period when the fabric of space was bound up with energy:
People-Appraisal, like other mindsets, consists of a belief related to a set of emotions and behaviors. It involves a mental process believed to determine the goodness and worthiness/worthwhileness of people. The People-Appraisal process and its consequences are examined in this article.
People-Appraisal has been developed, cultivated and promoted by cultures around the world for ages. It’s taught to children by their parents and teachers. It’s a primary lesson of certain religions. It’s incorporated into government laws and societal values. …
In the midst of a worldwide threat to our ways of life, it’s a good time to ask meaningful questions about our existence, such as the purpose of life.
There are two perspectives by which to define the fundamental purpose of all life: Logic only and logic plus metaphysics, while embracing relevant scientific knowledge. I’ve been pondering the question of life purpose for decades and present a proposal below that defines it from both perspectives.
From a purely logical point of view, the fundamental purpose of life is the one thing all forms of life have: Experiences.
The concept of…
The primary reason for racism, ethnic prejudice, gender discrimination, etc. is the perception that there are different “types” of people; some types are superior and more worthy than other types.
It is a main reason for the attacks aimed at Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, “the elites,” and others, as well as conflicts between conservatives and liberals.
It’s built on a mental framework, a mindset, that the true nature of people in the groups to which I identify (my “in-groups”) are superior to those in certain other groups (the “out-groups”).
The thoughts and perceptions in that mindset reflect these beliefs such…
In a previous article I discussed the power of mindsets. In this one I define different mindset types and compare two primary groups of mindsets: adaptive and maladaptive mindset types.
Mindsets can be broadly categorized in two primary groups defined as adaptive (sometimes called “growth”) and maladaptive (sometimes called “fixed”).
Adaptive mindsets foster greater (short and/or long term) life satisfaction and wellness because they are characterized by rational patterns of thinking. They promote beneficial behaviors and supportive emotions.
This article focuses on explaining why…
A Mind is a concept that defines the functions of consciousness that enables and processes the elements of experience that are mediated by the brain, nervous system, and/or sensory organs.
A Mindset is a cognitive (mental) framework that’s “installed” in our mind to help us process every single piece of information that we receive from our surroundings. It includes the mental activities/functions of cognition comprised of:
This was the summer that the Mercury program’s Gus Grissom, piloting the Liberty Bell 7, became the second American to go into space (even though it was a sub-orbital flight). The mission is doubly famous in space history because, upon splashdown, the hatch prematurely opened and the capsule sank.
Space may have been embedded in the nation’s thoughts back in the summer of 1961, but it wasn’t on mine.
It was a just a late summer afternoon and I was 11-years-old, just doing my daily errands by taking out a bag of garbage from my house. We lived in the…
I’m a clinical psychologist and software architect focused on understanding the intricacies human nature, mind, consciousness, thought, emotions and experience.