Repost: Signals and subliminal signal associations

Signals sent between people are almost never simple, single entities devoid of ambiguity. Indeed, even very clear communicative signals, especially in interpersonal communication, are often fraught with subliminal associations. These “extra” associations are a primary cause of interpersonal error and ambiguity, and deriving from that, of individual, personal discomfort or neurosis. We have mentioned this … Continue reading Repost: Signals and subliminal signal associations

A signal-based model of psychology: part two

If we consider humans to be complex signaling systems or networks, then it is readily apparent that each human network signals within itself and also is connected by signals to other networks. In A signal-based model of psychology: part one, we said: the only significant interpersonal signaling data we can really know with significant certainty … Continue reading A signal-based model of psychology: part two

The ‘Semiotic Age’ or the ‘Age of Signals’

From Pater Tenebrarum’s recent piece The Taming of Deluded ‘Conspiracy Theorists’?: Look who is warning us again about the great harm conspiracy theories are doing to the minds of impressionable citizens everywhere: Cass Sunstein has emerged at Bloomberg, to once again plead for ‘correction’ of the many conspiracy theories that are disseminated on that pesky … Continue reading The ‘Semiotic Age’ or the ‘Age of Signals’

Signals and subliminal signal associations

Signals sent between people are almost never simple, single entities devoid of ambiguity. Indeed, even very clear communicative signals, especially in interpersonal communication, are often fraught with subliminal associations. These “extra” associations are a primary cause of interpersonal error and ambiguity, and deriving from that, of individual, personal discomfort or neurosis. We have mentioned this … Continue reading Signals and subliminal signal associations

A signal-based model of psychology: part one

Signals are fundamental to everything that exists. There can be no physical realm without signals and certainly no life. What is a signal? Anything that transmits any effect to anything else is a signal. In this sense, all signals “mean” something, including the smallest signal anyone can think of. The advantage of basing a model … Continue reading A signal-based model of psychology: part one

Repost: Signal quality

Schizophrenia is characterized in part by difficulty in telling the difference between internal and external signals. My guess is that virtually all “normal” people are characterized by their difficulty in telling truthful signals from bullshit. Normal interpersonal relations are conducted with signals that have low resolution. By that I mean, signal references are rarely unambiguous. … Continue reading Repost: Signal quality

Signalling as a basis for understanding introversion and extroversion

Basing our understanding of human “psychology” on signalling and signalling systems—essentially seeing people as complex signalling systems—can make many aspects of being human clearer. For example, rather than analyze “introversion” versus “extroversion,” we can use terms that work better with the signalling model—introspection versus extrospection. Extrospection is a made up word. In this context it … Continue reading Signalling as a basis for understanding introversion and extroversion

Signal quality

Schizophrenia is characterized in part by difficulty in telling the difference between internal and external signals. My guess is that virtually all “normal” people are characterized by their difficulty in telling truthful signals from bullshit. Normal interpersonal relations are conducted with signals that have low resolution. By that I mean, signal references are rarely unambiguous. … Continue reading Signal quality

Signal intensity

An important part of FIML practice is understanding signal intensity. That is, how big or strong or important the signal in question is. FIML practice was designed to work with small signals and works best when close attention is paid to small signals. These “small signals” can be ones you send to your partner, ones … Continue reading Signal intensity