Basic Laws of Psychoharmonics® that Govern Human Behavior

©2014 by Jack Thomas

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  1. The first step toward achieving wisdom is to develop a sincere love of truth, whatever that truth might be.
  2. The primary enemy of wisdom is the love of being right even when your information and opinions are wrong.
  3. With a love for truth, you nearly always can learn something useful from opposing opinions and criticism, thus increasing your knowledge, wisdom and performance.
  4. The basic unit that launches each act of behavior, however large or small, is the goal.
  5. Goals can be set consciously or subconsciously, but no action or inaction can be achieved without the setting of a goal.
  6. All goals that are achieved have four parts: the specific positive result that is desired to be achieved; the method to be used in seeking the goal’s achievement; the time at which it is desired that the goal be achieved; and the reason the achievement of the goal is viewed as rewarding and, therefore, provides motivation for its achievement. The shorthand for these essential parts of a goal is represented by answering four questions: What? How? When? Why?
  7. The ultimate goal of all behavior by humans and other social animals is to be considered worthy by self and others. This is the underlying motivation for all goals that are deliberately set and for which energy is expended for their achievement.
  8. Only possible goals can be achieved.
  9. Humans and some other social animals spend a great deal of time and energy futilely pursuing the achievement of impossible goals.
  10. Impossible goals cannot be achieved because of time, space, or circumstances. Nothing can be achieved yesterday or even a moment ago. A person cannot be in two different places at the same time. We cannot control the motion of the Earth in the universe or the consequences thereof. Conflicting goals cannot be achieved. Neither can we set and achieve goals for any other person, animal, thing, or event. We can set and achieve goals only for ourselves.
  11. Anytime a goal is set, it creates tension in one’s mind and body that provides the motivation for achievement of that goal.
  12. The greater the motivation to achieve a goal, the greater is the tension that is produced.
  13. As with pleasure and pain, tension and stress are on a continuum.
  14. Possible goals fueled by powerful motivation will produce a large amount of tension; however, possible goals that are believed to be possible can never produce stress.
  15. Stress is defined as tension that is so excessive that it produces psychic pain and sabotages normal, healthy bodily functions and can result in illness and death.
  16. All stress is caused by the harboring in one’s own mind of one or more impossible goals.
  17. There is no such thing as “good stress.” All stress is “bad” because it contributes to a variety of diseases and is the result of goals that achieve nothing of value.
  18. All stress can be relieved by cancelling all impossible goals.
  19. If desired, impossible goals that are cancelled sometimes can be reset as possible goals by changing the variables.
  20. Proverbial peace of mind can be achieved in any circumstance by canceling all impossible goals and accepting the tasks and circumstances that are at hand.
  21. Any task can be rendered stress-free by setting the goal “to be here now, doing what I am doing now” and canceling the goal to be anywhere else doing anything else now.
  22. The thinking of humans and possibly some other social animals is controlled by three different emotional personalities that are guided respectively by love, hate, and fear. In the Psychoharmonics® system, these personalities are labeled as Spiritual, Genetic, and Imprinted.
  23. The three emotional personalities act as individual selves within one person; therefore, each individual actually is three persons in one.
  24. Each of these three selves has its own value system and list of goals it strives to achieve.
  25. These mindsets are mutually exclusive and exhaustive, meaning there are only three available so, if you are engaged in one of them, you cannot be engaged in either of the others at the same time.
  26. A fourth entity is the Cognitive self that has the ability to think logically and rationally. This resource can be accessed and utilized by the three emotional selves, but often is ignored by both Genetic and Imprinted.
  27. The four selves vary in their response to drugs, such as alcohol; thus we have the sweet drunk, the mean drunk, the paranoid drunk, and the blacked-out drunk who remembers nothing about his drunken binge.
  28. When a mean drunk who is being dominated by his Genetic, hating self abuses his family and then wakes up the next morning as his Spiritual self with loving remorse and apologies, saying, “I can’t believe I did that,” it is true that “he” did not commit the crime; Genetic was the culprit.
  29. Which operating mindset and emotional self that is in charge at any given time depends upon which labels are being chosen at the moment.
  30. Labels can be Cognitively chosen, but once chosen the mindset and personality that accompanies them is automatically selected.
  31. A person can learn to control his mindsets, emotions, and subsequent behavior by learning to choose how he labels the people, things, and events in his life.
  32. The primary goal of Spiritual is to nurture; for Genetic, it is to destroy; and for Imprinted, it is to avoid.
  33. Spiritual cannot fear or hate; Genetic cannot love or fear; and Imprinted cannot love or hate. Nevertheless, rapid shifts can be made from one personality to another as evidenced by the paranoid schizophrenic whose Genetic commits an act of aggression and then disappears, leaving Imprinted to worry about the consequences of the action.
  34. Depending upon inherited characteristics and subsequent programming, a person’s overall personality tends to be dominated by one of the three emotional selves; thus we have the Grumpy Gus, the Nervous Nelly, and the Sweet Sue.
  35. A master of one’s labels is a master of his emotions.
  36. Out of the hundreds of bits of data that are available at any one time, a person can perceive only 5-10 of them.
  37. Which bits of data that are perceived at any one time is determined by which self is in charge and what his labels and goals are.
  38. Cognitive dissonance is tension in your mind and body that is caused by conflicts among the various thought processes and behaviors of your several selves; it exerts pressure to produce homeostasis.
  39. A major mindset is created by an obsession to achieve a particular goal.
  40. We continuously rate ourselves and others, either consciously or subconsciously, on a scale of 0-10, based upon our own very individualistic value systems.
  41. Each emotional self has its own value system and these can be, and usually are, in conflict with one another.
  42. Genetic and Imprinted typically balance each other to reduce self-destructive behavior; Spiritual and Cognitive usually team up to balance the Genetic-Imprinted team. It is only when the strengths of these various selves or teams is out of balance that aberrant, unwise behavior ensues.
  43. A person is considered mentally ill when his labels for himself and other entities in his environment are bizarrely different from those that would be used by most of his peers.
  44. A person feels offended when he has set goals for another person that are not being achieved for him.
  45. The reaction to an offense can generate a response from either of the three personalities, although it usually is Genetic that reacts with anger and plots retribution.
  46. All that is required for an act of forgiveness when you’re offended is for you to cancel the goal or goals that were set for another, all of which are impossible goals that add to stress.
  47. Most offenses can be categorized as goals set for others to love, serve, honor, or forgive us.
  48. An effective apology requires you to retract the offensive words or act insofar as possible, to assure the offended party that, contrary to his earlier perception, he indeed is held in the highest regard, and to give assurances that such an offense will never be repeated.
  49. A mindset of love generates an effusion of positive regard for the object of attention that results in a nurturing behavior.
  50. When a person is “in love” with another person, that person is considered to be a 10 and the person in love is made to feel like a 10 by the object of his affection. One can love anything, whether animate or inanimate, that can be given a label.
  51. When a person is judged to be a zero, an attitude of abhorrence is generated and efforts are made to avoid that person.
  52. When another is regarded as less than a zero, that person is hated, a Genetic mindset is conjured up, and the inclination is to destroy the object of hate, either figuratively or literally.
  53. Self hate results in serious depression. When a person regards himself as less than a zero and has no hope of ever overcoming such a negative label, suicide often is chosen to relieve the pain.
  54. Each person’s value system is as unique as his fingerprints.
  55. The value systems of each of a person’s personalities nearly always are in conflict with one another.
  56. Our heroes and other persons we admire are a reflection of our own value system and knowledge of them can be used to discover one’s values.
  57. The Psychoharmonics® system is equally effective in any culture and with persons of all ages. Although goals and values vary throughout the world, the basic tenets of Psychoharmonics® are inflexible.
  58. Although it can be quickly extinguished, the innate urge to survive and procreate causes most social animals to be born with an urge to be a 10+ and to rule those around them; thus even small children and puppies can be evil, dangerous tyrants if allowed to be.
  59. All of the foregoing laws are as rigid and unforgiving as are the other laws of nature; as with the law of gravity, they can be ignored, but the consequences of their violation cannot be escaped.

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