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Damn Interesting » The Total Perspective Vortex

I run into this problem a lot, now that I think about it… but maybe the answer is in developing more effective coping mechanisms to deal with reality instead of trying to change perspective only. At least, that’s what would make sense to me. Emotional health, while very important, should not be allowed to “drive” no more than pure logic – that’s how things end up lop-sided.


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  1. January 22, 2009

    Well this is the basic equivalent of telling yourself that Ford makes good cars, believing that there are pots of gold at the end of the rainbow, or that tomorrow will be a better day. It’s not a bad mindset to get to, but I, personally speaking, don’t think it’s possible for a person to just outright lie to yourself until it becomes true. This isn’t breaking a habit by not doing it, this is breaking a habit by not thinking it. It takes a, what I believe, a catastrophic event for your mind to bend itself into delusion, if you are not going to seek outside help.

    Once again, this is just my perspective, but I know my mind well enough to know that I could try to lie to myself, but I would end up calling myself a liar.

    You know your mind better then I do, maybe you’ll be able to out-trick yourself.

  2. January 22, 2009

    The way I see it, it was the times that Mr. Cynycism was running amok in my head for all those years that I was able to see the world without the delusion flavored glasses.
    I knew for a fact that my life sucked, but I also knew that it was a necessary thing for me to strip away the window dressing of my reality and look hard at the underlying truths for me to have the insight to either accept that which I saw as unavoidable, or take the actions necessary to change those realities into something more advantagous to me.
    To see the world unobstructed by delusion isn’t insanity (as the article says), but rather a coping mechanism.

    As we have learned through our training “We make our own reality”. Whether that reality is based on a cynical viewpoint or a rose-colored-glasses one, it all comes down to the same thing in the end.
    We live. We learn to cope. We trudge on
    And we always walk the line between That Which Is, and That Which We Want To Be.
    By seeing things the way they were, I was able to choose to make the changes I needed. Not just in the perspective in which I viewed life, but also the reality of what I saw.

    At the end of it all, I think that the article was a very insightful and useful one for me.
    Sometimes you have to state the obvious in order to understand the subtle.

    But then again, what do I know? I’m just a rancid old man with too many ghosts.

  3. January 23, 2009

    Wow. Gee. Welcome to my LIFE.

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