Category Archives: Psychology

How Not to Clean Up Your Email Contacts

I have 897 people in my email contact list. I even know some of them.

Some of my contacts are friends; others are business colleagues or clients. Others are people who may have been important to me at some point for some reason but I’ll be damned if I can tell you why.

Some of my contacts aren’t people at all. They’re mailing list subscription addresses I keep around to prevent their important messages from going to spam so I can personally click “delete” thirty times every morning and throughout the day. Why automate when you can pretend you have some control over your life, right?

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Your Entire Facebook History, Analyzed

“Will, you like to talk about Philosophy, Literature, and Social Media. You are introverted and spiritual. You post statuses to Facebook most often in the morning using Facebook.com.”

So says Social Me, an excellent online tool that reads your entire Facebook history, applies a few mysterious algorithms, and spits out a comprehensive report about your Facebooking habits, cognitive leanings, personality traits, people you interact with, and loads of other interesting revelations. As a writer, I especially liked the way it compares certain facts about my writing style with the general population. Allegedly I use:

  • more words per sentence than 85% of people.
  • more commas than 89% of people.
  • fewer exclamation marks than 89% of people.
  • more dashes in my writing than 85% of people.
  • more quotation marks in my writing than 93% of people.
  • longer words than 93% of people.
  • words with more syllables than 94% of people.
  • fewer concrete words than 87% of people.

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Towards a Better Living Reality Through Language

All human verbal language is mental programming. When you type, write, or speak, you are causing your audience to make a copy of the message in their own minds. Some minds are more open than others to linguistic programming; others have more Byzantine spam blockers, anti-virus scanners, and password-protected firewalls. But those very security measures too are mere languages, just slightly more sophisticated. If you speak those languages and understand their contours, you can navigate or bypass them, write new programs, and rewrite existing programs.

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Heart Spasms

Just had a physical heart spasm. At least I think it was. Don’t nobody panic, it’s over. Yes, I should quit smoking. No, I don’t have health insurance, and no this is not a “wake-up call” for me. OK, yes it is a wake-up call. And maybe I will quit those goddamn cigarettes. But I don’t think those things are all that are bothering my heart.

Love.

Money.

People and their opinions.

My heroes dying and being replaced by humans.

The maddening questions: Am I wrong about this or that? Seriously, am I wrong, when I think and see and say and do things? Am I just making shit up?

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25 Loosely Connected Opinions on the Mechanics of Personal Revolution

I wrote this using my Twitter account.

  1. High energy and fast poetry break barriers to entry. Don’t wait for permission to speak. Move in, get in front of the crowd, and explode.
  2. I have commandeered microphones in minutes flat. I have created stages out of staircases. You don’t need airwaves and Carnegie Halls.
  3. Raised eyebrows become head-scratching becomes stroked beards become arms akimbo become heart-pounding becomes shouts & applause in moments.
  4. Prepare for that moment. Get the message ready. Sculpt it, chisel it, perfect it. An opportunity to unleash the message will present itself.
  5. Blitzkrieg. The revolution of the mind cannot be self-administered. The element of surprise is key. The ego’s defense relies on forewarning.
  6. Comedians are like double agents. They appease the conscious mind to gain access to the unconscious mind.
  7. If you want to change the world, be a mind agent. Infiltrate psyches and install messages that fuse to the ego.
  8. “A spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down.”
  9. Hackers say code is poetry. I say it’s also vice-versa.
  10. It is unnerving to think that our minds are programmable. But they are. Propagandists and marketers are programming us at this very moment.
  11. The mind is a battlefield. To ignore the rules of battle is to allow meaningless objectives to prevail. Apply conscious programming.
  12. Changing your own mind is often just a reconfiguration of existing components. To change your mind, an external force must operate on you.
  13. In my experience, fundamental change is something that comes over you, like a force of nature. It’s out of your hands.
  14. Choice comes after assessment. Assessment comes after options. Options come after exploration. Exploration comes from perpetual motion.
  15. Vision precedes perception.
  16. Your vision is a hollow vessel. Information serves mainly to fill up and justify the existence of your vision.
  17. Information, facts, figures, and data do not change the shape of your vision. And emotion only serves to heat and thus soften your vision.
  18. The sheer gravity of other visions, in my theory, is the only force that can change the shape of your emotion-softened vision.
  19. Visions can take the form of symbols. Symbols are visions that have been eroded over the years to their irreducible essence.
  20. To draw a parallel to physics: An individual human vision is the “weak” force, while a symbol (collective vision) is the “strong” force.
  21. An individual’s vision can make subtle but universal changes to other visions. A symbol makes highly perceptible but localized changes.
  22. In the end, we have only the tools available to us. We have language, for example: an assemblage of blunt objects and surgical instruments.
  23. Language is partially a function of the number of people involved. Its nature changes drastically at each succession towards infinity.
  24. It is useful to understand Dunbar’s Number when talking about language, cognition, and revolution. http://bit.ly/cXilP4
  25. We have only so many mental, emotional, and temporal resources to address such questions. There is sacrifice.