Change to and from

Change to and from :   The Paradoxical Theory of Change

What was tolerable then, may have no usefulness now. Growth is a collision of an every changing now . Growth is both erosion and assimilation. With relative autonomy , ( a slow developing set of behaviors in itself ) one may , as an agent of change , accelerate or stall the natural erosion and assimilation of:
people and things important ones life lilly-pad-blooming

  • values and meaning
  • experience
  • environment

As one reacts to pressures and novelties in contact with him and his internal health.

This is my summary of Arnold Beisser’s of Paradoxical Theory of Change.

Arnold Beisser wrote this as a preface for a Book by Fritz Perls , who developed a conceptual mix of humanistic psychology , experiential practice (or rather existentialism) and a graphical context into his so called “ Gestalt therapy ”. Fritz Perls did so with his wife , Laura and the help of numerous colleagues.

the purpose of Beisser’s “Paradoxical theory of Change ” was  introduce tthe humanistic psychology work by another.
However , there are important and brilliant observations in its rhetoric.

Change is seldom what a person thinks wants change  — at least initially and often do to desperation or boredom. change is a slow process.

that change occurs when one becomes what he is, not when he tries to become what he is not. Change does not take place through a coercive attempt by the individual or by another person to change him, but it does take place if one takes the time and effort to be what he is — to be fully invested in his current positions.

Beisser is actually describing a specific nature of change, with autonomy and agents in mind , more than postulating a science theory.

The Nature of Change may apply to integrated group than just a single person. and the Nature of change may describe a community , a social group or social movement.
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But it is proposed that the same principles are relevant to social change, that the individual change process is but a microcosm of the social change process. Disparate, unintegrated, warring elements present a major threat to society, just as they do to the individual.

The Nature of Change can be compared in study by comparing what “is” to what it “is not ” , as they meet and mobilize .

First, there is an awareness within the system that an alienated fragment exists; next that fragment is accepted as a legitimate outgrowth of a functional need that is then explicitly and deliberately mobilized and given power to operate as an explicit force. This, in turn. leads to communication with other subsystems and facilitates an integrated, harmonious development of the whole system.

the construct or object or gestalt: “is” and “is not“.
Contact” is a graphical boundary of definition between what something is and what something is not — this is a fundamental point of gestalt therapy, where focus lies at the interplay of the two — the awareness of difference and similarity, cooperation , conflict, withdraw and assimilation.

A somewhat abstract social example:

How do we describe the feminist movement of the last 100 years ?
We’d define “what is feminism and “what is not feminism”
furthermore, we would need to create context for both.
“What happened when and where: ” What is Feminism ” met or meets “What is Not Feminism
As far as the changes is Feminism , Beisser would have us expect the pressures and agents of change, erosion and withdraws along novelties.
the social collision of what is and what is not Feminism.

The personal example :

A person may describe himself as
What I am ” meeting “What I am not
The observation of change of “I “and “I am not” is the erosion, the letting go of old tenants and the assimilation of new tenants. Beissers point in his essay, that person must come to realize all facets of this if he is to change “I” and “I am not ” in a healthy manner. the person must become aware of differences, past hindrances or resolve past parts of what he is , in the contrast , interplay , coercion and cooperation of what he is not.
Beisser extends this advise beyond the single person , so that groups community and movements can change in a healthy manner.

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Paradoxical Arnold Beisser

Further more…

What happens at boundary of contact is more complex than a Boolean value of this or that. With that said, it is important to become aware of distinction of what two are compared.

Another important characteristic of perception is the tendency toward closure–that is, toward making meaning about a figure. Presented with a circle of unconnected dots, for example, the perceiver instinctively fills in the gaps mentally to create a complete, bounded image.

http://www.clevelandconsultinggroup.com/articles/paradox-theory-of-change.php

A description of the natural tendency of “far perception” to further relationships.

reification triangle image

Reification

What could be inferred is the desire to make connection between broken or non-wholes.
an autonomous body may seek beyond its boundary as much as take what it was minutes ago.

Today the ( growingly) controlled media outlets, especially the internet and pundits is full of standoffs and bullies, both in groups and as people.
Its almost like someone is teaching a foolish irrational ways of “change” or defense.
Whats at risk ? An integrated way of being , for single person , environment, and community.

The compartmentalization of old people, young people, rich people, poor people, black people, white people, academic people, service people, etc., each separated from the others by generational, geographical, or social gaps, is a threat to the survival of mankind. We must find ways of relating these compartmentalized fragments to one another as levels of a participating, integrated system of systems.

Arnold Beisser – Paradoxical Theory of Change
https://www.gestalt.org/arnie.htm

I wrote you a poem…

a one draft poem inspired by Beisser. I wrote this years ago:

All things are shaped by friction
Growth by by erosion,
the crash of objects against environment
water against rock, man against circumstance,
two crashing into one and other
I am no different,
except for the engine within that propels me
forward, fueled with past experience
with the gift of mind, sensation, and memory
and the awareness of the sparks
created between me,
and the who and the what
that I crash into.

titled by me “Self indulgence”. thanks Arnie.

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Labor Markets


Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/

How Labor Markets are calculated in a Capitalist Venue

labor Market

The nominal market in which workers find paying work, employers find willing workers, and wage rates are determined.

Read more: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/labor-market.html

Demand

in the context of the firm , ask the question ” How much benefit is the firm getting when it hires that incremental employee .
In return applicants to a new job are selling there skills and experience to convince a hiring firm that the applicant will satisfy that demand.

    Marginal Revenue Product

  • A marginal revenue product (MRP), also known as the marginal value product, is the market value of one additional unit of output.
  • The marginal revenue product is calculated by multiplying the marginal physical product (MPP) by the marginal revenue (MR).
  • The MRP assumes that the expenditures on other factors remain unchanged.

source http://www.investopedia.com/terms/m/marginal-revenue-product-mrp.asp

be

be vocal
be dangerous
be reserved, be ethical
be compassionate
be the rise of the day
be the setting sun
be the lows. tangents , the between
just be.

Be as you are – Fritz Perls

IMHOs

more of my humble opinions
ethics * self * needs * compassion * reserve * value *

founders GESTALT – existential humanistic therapies

FRITZ PERLS: http://gestalttheory.com/persons/fritzperls/
LAURA POSNER PERLS: http://www.gestalt.org/laura.htm

what is power?


“your never drunk, that real control, control is power”
“is that why they fear us ?”
“We have the fucking power to kill thats why they fear us”
“if a man commits a crime we have him killed […] or we kill him ourselves and feel pretty good[…]
thats not power though, thats justice. ”
“Power is when we have every justication to kill and we dont”

Oscar follows up the discourse with a story of a judge who pardons a criminal, “thats power”.
Stephen Spielberg movie “Schindler’s List
What was Spielberg conveying here? THIS IS human power :

  • to hold anothers fate in his hands and action
  • to betray the formal code, to see value and future value, more so than a punishment of death to a felon.
  • to risk his own stature in a pardon

quotes about violence , power and justice

 
 

” Violence is not power, but the absence of power. ”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

” Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. ”
Abraham Lincoln

The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.
Napoleon Bonaparte

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.”
Henry Ward Beecher

“Absolute power was not meant for man”
William E. Channing

“The only real power comes out of a long rifle.”
Joseph Stalin

“He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.”
Adolf Hitler

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.
George Washington

We are not for Names, nor Men, nor Titles of Government, nor are we for this Party, nor against the other, because of its Name and Pretence; but we are for Justice and Mercy, and Truth and Peace, and true Freedom, that these may be exalted in our Nation.
Edward Burrough,Quaker

 
 

 
 

” With great power there must also come great responsibility!”
Stan Lee

 
 

” Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power “
Tao Te Ching

 
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Balance of power U.S Fed

My opinion is that: the U.S government should have been or should be greatest functioning government there is — A government concerned for its people. A government that protects the safety of persons, and their legal space, from each other and from the government itself. When in time of peace and health, a government that does not obstruct the creed “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness ”

Different opinions are held on how much additional usage and power the federal government has. Their is no debate that the U.S government hasnot always lived up to full protection of its people and space. (eg. Slavery in the early 1800s)

Mexican Shoot Out

So how does the government work and how does it keep it self in check?
U.S. Federal Government has three branches, two that are influence by democratic vote.
Each of the three Branches ( EXECUTIVE, LEGISLATIVE , JUDICIAL ) has checks and balances on the other two

VIDEO

credit —Khan Academy .

yet another liberal-conservative spectrum

at 4 minutes to the end of this sweet and short presentation, an important and historical question is asked.
this is described in certain contexts, especially the Judicial as the Liberal – Conservative argument.
How did the original writers of the constitution, who layed the frame work for the federal, intend the separation and checks of the government
to be carried out.

  1. the so called conservative interpretation, is to stick firmly to the intentions of th constitutional authors.
    This is a challenge because one would have to understand the complete history in zeigeist of the authors, and do so from todays lenses.
  2. The so called liberal perceptive is that the authors of the constitution expected the interpretation of the constitution to change. After All the Constitution is amendable.
    But how flexible should a reinterpretation of the constitutional be? what is the frame work or precess for the flexibility?
    what are the consequences for a quick deviation?

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Filter_Noise – zone , localise, breathe

originally posted October, 2012

2017-2018 more than ever– especially if one is bombarded with news from television, radio and web feeds– over what is happening “over there”. this group and that group, and globalisation.
Are the going-ons of “over-there” really more important.. during the entire course of a day.. than, going-ons right in the air one breathes… his wellness?
does the ” happening over-there” really apply to oneself? How would he know? his expertise is what and where HE_is over the course of a day.
In practice, breathing and zoning enhances a localized approach in thinking and doing. a practice  that is more economical to ones personal ecology;
without invading th ecology of “over there.”
it is not avoidant, excessively selfish or xenophobic, to organize ones influence, affect and maintenance from a localized center zoning of importance.

In his work ” Introduction of Permaculture“, Mollison explains his use of “zoning” to allocate areas of gardening and agriculture in a landscape. “Zones”, are prioritize by importance and demand of work. most important and/or work/time intensive crops are located closes to the dwelling area. Un-farmed areas are designated as “the wild”.

Mollison’s (and fellow permaculture father Dave Holmgren) application of zoning is, essential, the act of organizing one’s environment — in the case of permaculture — the garden or farm, around and including living-space. In the image above the living quarters in graphically centered; the most labor intensive and important areas of the garden are kept close .. the least important tasks are pushed to “the wild” or unmanaged land.

I’ve been thinking about the Permaculture method of zoning in gardening and agriculture and I have wondered if one could apply (pattern, if you will) zoning to managing the flood of stimuli and information that seems thrown at us in our day-to-day busy lives.
So many things we sense or think about  in any moment of our consciousness, One could easily feel overwhelmed and overloaded.
I am wondering if i can make a connection with Gestalt talk as well, as one visualize  zones as figures formed out of a ground (what Mollison calls the wild) by designers.

Could one organize, or garden , his rough consciousness landscape of raw stimuli, senses thoughts, worries, brainstorms and activities? Keep the meaningful tasks, ideas and concerns close and push meaningless data to the background?

From Dischord find Harmony

— Albert Einstein *

Image, senses and thoughts arise as Gestalts, figures from the background of constant noise, discord… It’s up to you and I to decide what is meaningful, important at a given moment, and reject unimportant information, zone back to “the wild”, or background.

info-zone-jpg

so how can i improve my abilty to “zone” the flood of information each day?
one way could be to create a simple todo list:
here is one: Pennsylavania Echoes — Todo List.

I keep a todo or task list on my computer, also a calendar — and I have learned not to worry about them until I look at them again.

Another way to learn how to stay relatively “mindful” of important things in the moment and filter out the meaningless to “the  wild ”  or “background”:
Sit or stand somewhere in …

  1. relax, be confident, be square in posture.
  2. breathe in and out from the belly
  3. become aware of your breathing
  4. when you catch you mind thinking of some else return to step one

I like this breathing exercise and practice often. I am less distracted by unimportant thing in the present- centered moment.

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When being mindful of only breathing, breathing fills the whole of mindfulness, a single zone, while all else is ignored and left to the background of wild data.
Overtime, breathing exercises and meditations are helpful in developing an intuitive ability to zone:
cognation and doing what is important at the moment, and letting go of the unimportant.

Its a great way to reducing stress, feeling more organized, focused and at-peace.

Understanding Others for Career Choices

After Visiting the Library  I found a great book for young old––
for   plotting  future career considerations:

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Career- graphic guide to finding the perfect.. (DM publishing)

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I decided to make my mindmap  (A note and brainstorming tool)
using page 10:

Understanding Yourself

mindmaps are a great tool   for  brainstorming or general notes––
all you really need is a pencil and paper.
I used  Freeplane  software  in this case. (note: freeplane requires Java)

Here is my map:

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Understanding yourself: for Careers

 

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Outline Form:

 

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Understanding Yourself- Career Paths  outline form (Freeplane)

click here shows an outline in text

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Good luck on your own Career choices