Posted 1 year ago on Feb. 27, 2012, 7:40 a.m. EST by Middleaged
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My guess is that if we knew how to talk to each other better, we would be able to see through Propaganda better. So I want to Posit that if we all learn Cognitive Errors for our personal life, we will make the world a better place. So I am reprinting something from an other string which I recognize as Cognitive Errors.
1.All or nothing thinking: Things are placed in black or white categories. If things are less than perfect self is viewed as failure.
2.Over generalization: Single event is viewed as continuous failure.
3.Mental filter: Details in life (positive or negative) are amplified in importance while opposite is rejected.
4.Minimizing (or Maximizing/Inflating): Perceiving one or opposite experiences (positive or negative) as absolute and maintaining singularity of belief to one or the other.
5.Mind reading: One absolutely concludes that others are reacting positively or negatively without investigating reality.
6.Fortune Telling: Based on previous 5 distortions, anticipation of negative or positive outcome of situations is established
7.Catastrophizing: Exaggerated importance of self's failures and others successes.
8.Emotional reasoning: One feels as though emotional state IS reality of situation
9."Should" statements: Self imposed rules about behavior creating guilt at self inability to adhere and anger at others in their inability to conform to self's rules.
10.Labeling: Instead of understanding errors over generalization is applied.
11.Personalization: Thinking that the actions or statements of others are a reaction to you.
12.Entitlement: Believing that you deserve things you have not earned.
13) Exaggerating Reality: Taking a situation and declaring it will be the end of the USA, or Freedom, Or Liberty, or the Constitution.
14) Invoking Patriotism: Projecting a life or death frame work to get people to go to war, take up arms, condemn a country, condemn an enemy - often with no pretense at real analysis.
15) Name Calling: Thinking that calling someone a name is a way to WIN an Argument. Name Calling is never effective and is Really a Power Play (an attempt to make yourself more powerful).
These were posted by ChristopherABrown on separate thread several months ago. I have seen these before 20 years ago in Dr. David Burns Book "Feeling Good".
For my own personal communications improvement I would post the following:
I wonder if many of us could benefit more from considering the abilities of our audience. You know we can try to write to a 6th grade level, and we can try to be more step by step in presentation. I'm sure you do that if you are a movie maker. The forum as a medium is sort of limited.
Looking at your web page a little and thinking about some comments on problems in forums. As far a 9-11 goes, inside job theory, pre-planted explosives, etc. This is controlled information and I'm guessing that people in demolition sign agreements with bond holders and/or government agencies - to not reveal the technology of bringing a building down in it's footprint.
I've put off a big writing project idea for almost 2 months. I'm not the smartest guy, but writing help me realize my abilities, talent and maybe creates a record of where I am at and maybe where I am going with current events.
The Point is that
1) Americans don't really share a common mind or binding agreement on the Future of the US
2) Americans don't share the same Education, History, Culture
3) Americans are polarized
4) Americans shout each other down, because they don't know how to have talks, discussions, debates, etc
5) The Dumbing Down of US Peoples is Real
6) Propaganda is Real
7) There are Classes based on Money
8) There are Classes based on Judgements like Physical Appearances
9) Judgements of Each Other Separate US People Politically and make us Politically Impotent.
That said US Organizations do try to control us, try to control our opinions, try to control our judgements, and send us simple messages that are repeated on TV and Radio.
I have travelled outside of the US and beleive the world is a big place full of information that I did not learn. I have a lot of catching up to do!! It is facinating how many convert actions that the US Political Machinery has been Engaged in to influence politics in foreign nations.
THE CONCLUSION IS WHY WOULDN"T the powers of our big religious, covert, political, corporate organizations work for their own benefit and against us. WHY WOULDN"T THEY PLANT SIMPLE MESSAGES TO KEEP US SEPARATED Politically. WHY WOULDN"T They Provide Us with FALSE HISTORY and Coverup History.
Additionally, noticing News about "Calls for Drones for use in Crimes", we don't really know the motivation of anyone asking for purchase of drones which might also have "service contracts". I would posit that all local, state, and federal government spending should be framed in the context of the US Constitution and the US Bill of Rights. I admit that Police departments could use new strength or tools, but QUESTION if drones are displacing emergency personnel and where the Money/Funding is coming from. And the borders are still wide open during a so called war on terror, so it is disingenuous to say it is national security in some situations.