Identity as simplification of sentience

Most identities are fundamentally category headings that simplify and organize consciousness.

In Buddhist terms, identity is empty.

Being empty does not mean identity does not arouse strong instincts.

Strong instincts arising based on identity are the poison fruits of delusion.

In this world where so many strive to have fierce identities, you have to be careful.

Though you do not need an identity yourself, you do have to be mindful of what others may do with their identities.

Identity politics is an inevitable result of many people striving to take on the same identity. Like identity itself, identity politics simplifies consciousness and arouses strong feeling.

Many people who have strong identities—be they individual or group oriented—conceal motives based on their identities, which they may also conceal in whole or in part.

This is the very nature of delusion and a major basis for understanding the First Noble Truth, the truth of suffering.

Why psychometrics and general ideas about personality inhibit psychological optimization

The short answer: psychometrics invariably yield bell curves.

The medium answer: general ideas about personality are derived from psychometrics.

The long answer: probably no one has ever been in the middle of all psychometric bell curves—curves for empathy, perseverance, intelligence, musical talent, athleticism, sexual satisfaction, “extraversion, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness, or neuroticism.”

If you are on either side of the bell curve for anything that is significant to you, you will be measuring yourself against a standard that is not right for you.

And even if you are in the middle for everything, no one else is.

It’s fine to have a look at what some researchers find on some test, but it would be close-minded, not conscientious. probably neurotic, and highly disagreeable (to you and others) to do more than use those data as a mildly interesting sociological marker that doesn’t tell you all that much.

Without question psychometric data will inhibit your psychological optimization if you take them too seriously.

If you are to the left of any “good” metric, knowing the center of the curve might inspire you to try harder but it might also inspire you to try too hard at something you will never be able to do well. If you are to the right of any “good” metric, the center of the curve may cause you to hold back.

And who gets to say what is a “good” metric? At best some other metric. At worst a soft consensus among experts who have been acculturated into thinking that way.

Psychometrics are helpful for general classifications of individuals who cannot care for themselves or who have no one to turn to or who cannot achieve any happiness on their own.

For individuals who are self-reliant, understanding how your mind actually functions in real-time real-life situations is the only way to optimize your psychology.

Psychology is warped by too much reliance on patterns and types rather than how people actually function

You will never figure yourself out by answering questionnaires or trying to match yourself with a psychological metric or type.

Beyond that, you will absolutely never optimize your psychology and life using those methods.

The right way to grasp and optimize your psychology is to understand how it functions in real-time real-life situations.

To do this you have to take control of your own life and use a technique like FIML that allows you to observe yourself in real-time real-life situations.

I honestly do not think there is any other way.

“Russia collusion” explained: Citizen journalism at its best

So you guys know:

  1. Hillary loses and cannot cover up super illegal Uranium One deal with own cabinet positions. Must have made a lot of people in govt a lot of money to find so many “helpers” in illicit activity. I believe this is much bigger than Clintons, I think this was a circle of a lot of people up to and including guys like McCain.
  2. Need to get “Russia” cover story in the public spotlight to send an “investigation” in to “investigate” the Russia issue.
  3. What better than to blame it on Trump? Let him take the heat while the FBI to go “look into this issue” Sounds dumb but public buys it!
  4. Trump unexpectedly fires Comey. Comey, Clinton, Obama, etc all panic and Comey does a very illegal thing to get a “Special Council” in there to keep cleaning up for the Clinton and Obama administrations (memo)
  5. Mueller is an old loyalist, he goes in to “investigate” Trump and Russia.
  6. They hire only loyalists since each of the people on the special council are going to find out what is really going on here. (Trump/Russia is a cover story)
  7. The FBI does what the FBI does in situations like this. They bring everybody in for questioning presenting “immunity” deals to turn over all evidence… and zip their mouths
  8. The second somebody gives them evidence, they hide it away, shred it, whatever
  9. Person who got immunity deal, cannot speak about it, doesn’t want to speak about it because its a get out of jail free card (in a lot of cases) They are free and clear and nobody wants to shake that boat. Nicer to go home and be with their family
  10. Mueller quietly continues what Comey was doing on destroying evidence to cover up RICO issues with many people in the the federal government and Obama administration.
  11. The public is set off track thinking this has anything to do with Trump.

You guys know Trump/Russia is just a cover story for what is really going on… right? Its really about covering up the filthy shit they were all doing from the Clinton Foundation to McCabe’s wife and the Obama administration. They were all getting down and dirty on this deal. The FBI and DoJ was covering for it. Something is still wrong with the FBI and DoJ! They are still covering for it! Also, the only reason Comey opened up the “investigation” into Hillary’s emails last November is because Wikileaks was releasing info, the NYPD found an “Insurance File” on Weiner’s Laptop… Comey literally freaked out and started trying to play dumb thinking the whole house of cards was coming down. (everybody for themselves) When Wikileaks and NYPD info didn’t leak anything he didn’t know how to explain, he went back to “nothing to see here folks! move along!” (Source) (Archive)

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Edit 9:15: Two things left out of the above are: 1) the “Russia collusion” investigation was started wholly or in part to spy on the Trump campaign, and most definitely was used that way by September 2016 no matter why it was started; and 2) Clinton with the help of MSM promoted Trump during 2015 and beyond believing he would be the easiest candidate to defeat.

FBI uncovered Russian bribery plot before Obama administration approved controversial nuclear deal with Moscow

FBI informant blocked from telling Congress about Russia nuclear corruption case, lawyer says

10/21/17: Uranium One ‘May Well Turn Out To Be the Biggest Scandal in American Political History’

10/24/17: Very good overview: The Obama Administration’s Uranium One Scandal

Hollywood: Two more shoes waiting to drop

Beyond the casting couch for adult actors, two more shoes are waiting to drop—organized pedophilic abuse and sex-trafficking and Jewish supremacy, both of which extend far beyond Hollywood.

In spiritual terms, these are demonic forces that defile our society as well as our individual minds. They seduce us with pleasure and then frighten us when we try to break free.

Pope Francis said something about this on Friday:

The demons… start being part of the man’s life. With their ideas and inspirations, they help the man to live better and entering his life and heart and start changing him from within, but quietly without making any noise. (Source)

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10/16/17 related: What #HarveyWeinstein Needs to Say to Bring Down the #Hollyweird Hypocrites Who’ve Disowned Him

10/17/17 related: An undercover reporter secretly records how the Israeli Embassy directs local groups

10/17/17: Former Miramax Screenwriter Posts Harvey Weinstein Mea Culpa: “Everybody Fu*king Knew” BTW guys, everybody also knows about the Jewish supremacy. Here’s a view of how deep that goes: Mountebank’s Monster and His Mom: a peculiar resurrection. Jodie Foster needs to read this book.

10/22/17: The third shoe dropping: 38 women have come forward to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment

Anxiety and default brain states

Our brains/minds have default states (plural) that we tend toward for a variety of reasons—pleasure, boredom, habit, even a systems checkup.

Default states are generally based on instincts like hunger, sex, fear, love, anger, disgust, humor, aesthetic joy, etc.

Humans tend to dress default states up. Instead of just eating something when hungry, most of us take time to prepare something good or pay someone to do that for us.

Everybody knows what we do with sex. Love, anger, hate, humor, disgust, fear, curiosity, thoughtfulness and so on are not very different in the many ways we dress them up.

Anxiety can be usefully understood as one of the default states of the brain/mind/body.

Anxiety is based on fear. We need this state in its basic form. If we are attacked by a wild dog, we need to be able to dump adrenaline and cortisol into our system quickly.

In many cases, though, anxiety takes on a life of its own and arises even when we are not in real danger. I think this indicates a default state that we can become habituated to in much the same way that we can become habituated to overeating, drunkenness, hate, anger, or unreasonable trust, love, or desire. Additionally, some bouts of anxiety can be understood as the system simply running a checkup.

People watch horror films because we like feeling afraid. It focuses the mind. We take risks because risks make us feel alive. Like horror films or danger sports, risk-taking focuses the mind.

Anxiety also focuses the mind. I think we like this aspect of it in many cases. It stimulates the brain and body, providing a level of clarity that feels very good, especially if we are hanging from a rock 500 ft above the ground.

Sometimes when we feel anxiety we can go out and do something, go running, ride a motorcycle, go surfing. When we do something that requires high levels of mental focus, we use our anxious state for what nature “intended.”

For myself, I notice that thinking about anxiety helps me put it in its proper place. I also notice that something unexpected—a health scare or good news—can immediately change my mental priorities, greatly demoting anxieties that had seemed so real just moments before.