How Actual Smart People Talk About Themselves

This is an article from The Atlantic… Hint: not by discussing IQ The I here is James Fallows… although I tend to agree with him. this is a companion article to my previous article on self-esteem…

If you just want to know what people who are actually smart think of themselves… talk about themselves, jump there…
by James Fallows Jan 6, 2018 Science

I’ve never met or interviewed Donald Trump, though like most of the world I feel amply exposed to his outlooks and styles of expression. So I can’t say whether, in person, he somehow conveys the edge, the sparkle, the ability to connect, the layers of meaning that we usually associate with both emotional and analytical intelligence.

But I have had the chance over the years to meet and interview a large sampling of people whom the world views the way Trump views himself. That is, according to this morning’s dispatches, as “like

The mind is the stupid part of you…

Your mind, your stupid part, has no direct knowledge about reality. It has no concern, no regard to reality… It has in it what the memes have programmed it to have… 1% reality, 99% b.s. And your mind is, therefore, your worst friend. It is killing YOU and it is killing your life… sometimes slowly, sometimes really fast.

Every Tuesday I read my email to find my weekly horoscope, and here it goes… again. Setting a context for my life, a context I could have never dreamed up myself… Rob Brezsny and his weekly horoscopes I would not want to miss.
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The real meaning of real life events

Oops, this was published by accident… although I love it, I am not sure you are ready for me giving it to you straight like this… lol.

This will be, probably, a growing post… so I will republish it every time I add to it.

Marriage proposal: (the real communication:) I finally want to be in the position to tell you what to do: to tell you to stop doing the things you want to do, to stop seeing the people that support you, and tell you to start doing the things I want you to do, and start seeing the people that support me in telling you what to do.

I also want to take you for granted, stop courting you, stop pleasing you, stop complimenting you… I am tired of earning my keep. So, would you marry me?
Mother driving their offspring to practices, etc. What seems to be happening is a good mother wants to participate in their child’s life. What is really happening is

–self-sacrifice: I am taking care of you therefore I can’t grow, take ca

Case Study #4: Landmark Education and its programs

I first participated in what is now called Landmark Education back in 1985, the last weekend of August, in Haifa Israel.

I lived in an immigration hostel, I worked as an architect and town planner in Jerusalem and I was miserable.

In quick succession two Russian immigrants killed themselves: I knew and liked them both. One of them was so determined that she manage to hang herself from the window bars, even though the window sill was only about 20 inches… Knee high.
I was going to be next. Except that someone invited me to something on a Wednesday evening.