Archive for February, 2008

You Owe Yourself a Realistic Self-Perception

Life has offered me until now the privilege to meet and to observe people having various status more or less important in this society. In these interactions, in my mind it often appeared two questions: they are enough “interested” to have a realistic self-perception? If, at a certain moment, they discover that they have a utopian but positive self-perception will they make the effort to change it for the real one no matter what?

For someone to reach and to keep a realistic self-perception is helpful to better understand the types of the perceptions involved in. The real self-perception can be “found” somewhere between our perception on us and others perception on us because the objectivity is obtained from every one’s subjectivity.

No one knows us more than we do. The first notable element is our perception on us based on our abilities to self-knowledge and also on our interior demands. So, is necessary for every person to avoid not only high estimation but also the low one to be able to distinguish a realistic self-perception from a utopian one. This mean we have to maintain our self-appreciation to the most reasonable level even our tendency to present us in a positive light is tempting. (more…)

Contemplative Thinking vs. Actionable Thinking

Thinking is that mental process which allows us to know and act in this world. It use information as input and its results are ideas and actions. Thinking doesn’t stop even when we are sleeping, so it is crucial to be aware what we are thinking about, because our thoughts produce our moods, our acts and finally our lives.

Contemplative Thinking is a solipsistic phenomenon, it is content with its own activity, and its final purpose is its own process. Actionable Thinking is an extrovert process, because, in this case, someone doesn’t think for the sake of thinking, but for the sake of action. Even more, action in itself isn’t the final purpose but Results. So, a simplistic scheme will look like this: Actionable Thinking —> Action —> Results.

In the case of Contemplative Thinking, the venerated value is Knowledge. It is the interest of knowing that drive contemplative thinking. Most valued, in the case of Actionable Thinking, isn’t Action, as it may seem, but Results. There are actions without results, without aimed results. In this situation, we can say that Actionable Thinking and process of action was wrong or unproductive, and that they must be revised and adjusted to attain the aimed results. (more…)