SELF-IMPROVEMENT: Cognitive deficits: Talking primates and "The Problem"...

From: Michael M. Butler (
Date: Sat Jan 13 2001 - 19:47:37 MST

I have had reason recently to consider a species of hyperfocus that can
set in. Sometimes, fueled by habit or high emotions, people get wound up
in talking about "the problem". This can quickly become The Problem or
even THE PROBLEM. Tunnel vision naturally ensues. Severe tunnel vision
has costs, including alienation and behavior that might seem extreme.

I have had a chapter title in the back of my mind for some time now:
"The problem is 'The Problem Is...'"

Has anyone got constructive comments on how to productively deal with
this sort of thing? I've written a bunch of stuff elsewhere on flaming
causes and cures. I'll post a URL if it's worth bothering.

We can save "All <x> do <y>, so all who do <y> must be <x>" for another

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