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PostSubject: Vital Lies, Simple Truths, Psychology of Self Deception - Daniel Goleman   Thu 25 Feb 2010, 11:37 pm

Approx 6 pages from the book are available for download here.... explaining how
realities, frames and schemas are constructed.

"Social reality is the product of shared schemas"

Frame: A frame is the shared definition of a situation that organizes and
governs social events and our involvement in them.

Each of those definitions of social events determines what is
appropriate to the moment and what is not, what is to be noticed and
what ignored, what in short, the going reality involves.

A frame is the public surface of collective schemas.

A frame comes into being when its participants activate shared
schemas for it....if someone does not share the going schema, the
results can be embarrassing.

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PostSubject: Re: Vital Lies, Simple Truths, Psychology of Self Deception - Daniel Goleman   Mon 01 Mar 2010, 1:24 am

"Lies Big and Small Lubricate Social Life"

Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self-Deception
Daniel Goleman

http://www.amazon.com/Vital-Lies-Simple-Truths-Self-Deception/dp/0684831074






Vital Lies, Simple Truths: The Psychology of Self Deception- 1985 – Vital Lies, Simple Truths is a penetrating analysis of the ways we deceive ourselves. Daniel Goleman draws on evidence of all kinds—from brain function to social dynamics—to reveal how we skew our most intimate relationships, our day-to-day lives, and our common reality by burying painful insights and memories. This self-deception is our means of psychic self-preservation, the currency of survival in which an entire society colludes. But although self-deception is sometimes benign, it can also be dangerous and life-diminishing. This important book both illuminates and raises challenging questions about a subject that is central to our psychological existence.


Goleman states his thesis using three premises in the early pages of his book (p. 22):
  1. The mind can protect itself against anxiety by dimming awareness.
  2. This mechanism creates a blind spot: a zone of blocked attention and self-deception.
  3. Such blind spots occur at each major level of behavior from the psychological to the social.


Employing these principles, Goleman explains why we cover our anxieties with delusional behaviors, focusing on the many ways in which our minds play tricks on us. Goleman uses a series of short vignettes, from business, political and family scenarios, to illustrate his arguments. For example, he shows us how Nixon aide John Dean seemed to drive from his awareness the fact that he was not as important to the President as he asserted in his Watergate testimony.

Goleman touches on perception, self-esteem, projection, rationalization, sublimation, and the links between the psychic numbing of awareness and the addiction to materialism as an opiate. On a collective level, it becomes quite challenging when viewing the mirage realism or deception that some multi-national corporate and government leaders create. Perhaps a book who's subject matter is more applicable to world affairs than most of us realize.

It dovetails nicely into the findings from quantum science which shows its our consciousness which creates the filters through which we transform our reality.

It is so clear that humans have incredible capabilities, and yet we cannot seem to use them in many cases, especially on the social or cultural level ... and part of the reason has to be out ability to lie to ourselves or be manipulated by our tendencies to keep us stunted. This book dissects and explains the mechanism used.

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PostSubject: Re: Vital Lies, Simple Truths, Psychology of Self Deception - Daniel Goleman   Mon 01 Mar 2010, 1:40 am

Looks like it's just my cup of tea. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: Vital Lies, Simple Truths, Psychology of Self Deception - Daniel Goleman   Fri 26 Mar 2010, 10:49 am

From Goleman's book, key pages on how schemas form frames, and frames becomes our shared reality. (Click on each image to download with red mark-up. Or, can download PDF in OP without markup).








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PostSubject: Re: Vital Lies, Simple Truths, Psychology of Self Deception - Daniel Goleman   Fri 26 Mar 2010, 12:34 pm

Very important material, imo.

Huh. Where would Alinsky, et al. be without it?? Which is why We should understand outselves *at least* as well as they do.

I plan on posting some relevant material soon, on Epistemology..
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PostSubject: Re: Vital Lies, Simple Truths, Psychology of Self Deception - Daniel Goleman   Fri 26 Mar 2010, 1:55 pm

Would you like to create a thread called "Construction of Social Reality" in the Social Systems forum, as I think it would be best to continue that conversation there. I'll make sure the relevant info from here gets included.
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PostSubject: Re: Vital Lies, Simple Truths, Psychology of Self Deception - Daniel Goleman   Sun 28 Mar 2010, 3:43 pm

LindyLady wrote:
Would you like to create a thread called "Construction of Social Reality" in the Social Systems forum, as I think it would be best to continue that conversation there. I'll make sure the relevant info from here gets included.

Done! All set up, in Social Systems forum.
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