Personality Lecture #2-3

Discussion thread for Personality and Its Transformations - Lecture #2-3

study group discussion

Discussion as part of our Study Group.

my notes

  • 0:05 - technology is somewhat driven by our desire to tell richer stories

  • 10:30 - most important question in life is not “what is the world made of?” but “how to act in the world?”

  • 32:00 - the mythical underworld is where you go when things fall apart, such as procrastination, it is a state of being - what are you afraid of, what are you failing to develop, how can you get over it, how can you reclaim those parts of yourself

  • 38:00 - punished for your virtues is a typical story

  • 39:00 - humanities should make you more than the child of your parents, it should also make you the child of your culture, to become a well-rounded adult

  • 40:00 - as life is so difficult, you must do something truly worthwhile to justify it - you have an ethical duty to straighten things out, and if you don’t do it, you will suffer - story of jonas, and saint patrick, saint george

  • 41:00 - jungian idea - part of development is to understand your shadow - the shadow of the parts of you, that you don’t want to own up to or face - you cannot have proper respect for yourself unless recognise you are a monster

    • << this probably applies to organisation, scheduling, and planning - keeping the shadow of your procrastination under control by your better self, because you know you are a fallible dopamine addict >>
  • 44:30 - medusa, prey animal response freezes us to threats - facing your fears voluntarily is your best bet if you want to survive, but it is not easy, and many people fall under, get bit, and die - but to not face your fears, you will go under and you will die - as you won’t stand a chance, you are coward of your own shadow, a slave to it

  • 1:09:00 - your attention is autonomous

  • 1:30:00 - being at the top of the dominance hierarchy regulates your emotions (happy things make you more happy, sad things don’t affect you as much) - being at the bottom of one, makes things affect you worse, and you perceive the world as more chaotic as you don’t understand its games, nor how to play in them

    • << perhaps regressive left victims are victims precisely because they don’t know how to play the games, and thus they want to change the game >>
  • 1:38:00 - advice for a happy life - routine, diet, work, hobby

  • 2:03:00 - agreeableness is maternity

  • 2:08:00 - transcended figure of judgement

    • << youtube >>
  • 2:11:00 - human nature purists vs societal nature purists

  • 2:18:00 - nature kills you, culture keeps you alive