The gr8ful grind: Conceptual projection

Let go of anger; It's an acid that eats away the delicate layers of your happiness

The reverse side has also its reverse side

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Conceptual projection

The role of our conceptual projection is deeply ingrained, much of it occurring either unconsciously or only semiconsciously. Because conceptualization is largely semiconscious, we usually are not aware that this compulsive and semiconscious interpretation is taking place. Instead, we tend to assume we are not projecting anything on reality at all, and that our basic sense of things is valid. There can be a lot of delusion in that.


Blogger Dave said...

Would you elucidate please? I'm not quite understanding you.

10:38 AM  
Blogger Pearl Pocock said...

With the caviat that I understand that you are speaking towards our spirituality with your entry, I am writing a response about our psychology. When we refer to how we filter our experience, our spirituality and psychology are necessarily intertwined.

Depth psychology has a great deal to say about your comment and about how we process our varieties of experience (I won't touch on that here as it would take too long, though I encourage you to seek out writings on depth psychology).

Personality theory speaks directly to the concept of how we "see what we want to see" and create our own world by our expectations, orientations and colored glasses. People tend to assume that everyone experiences the world through basically the same filter as each other, though I have come to realize that we make meaning in very different ways.

I encourage you to check out the enneagram. Although simplistic, it is a very effective tool for seeing how we live within paradyms of preference for how we make meaning in the world. Take the test here and see if the personality type described doesn't inform how you tend to exist in the world.

Take it lightly and enjoy.

4:06 AM  
Blogger Gr8fulTed said...

Well, I took the free portion of the test. It indicated I was a combination of:

Type Two
The Helper
The caring, interpersonal type. Twos are empathetic, sincere, and warm-hearted. They are friendly, generous, and self-sacrificing, but can also be sentimental, flattering, and people-pleasing. They are well-meaning and driven to be close to others, but can slip into doing things for others in order to be needed. They typically have problems with possessiveness and with acknowledging their own needs. At their Best: unselfish and altruistic, they have unconditional love for others.


Type Three
The Achiever
The adaptable, success-oriented type. Threes are self-assured, attractive, and charming. Ambitious, competent, and energetic, they can also be status-conscious and highly driven for advancement. They are diplomatic and poised, but can also be overly concerned with their image and what others think of them. They typically have problems with workaholism and competitiveness. At their Best:: self-accepting, authentic, everything they seem to beā€”role models who inspire others.

How about all of you? How did you do?

6:05 AM  
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6:40 AM  

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