biological, mechanical, ratio-emotional and affordances (environmental) causation

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sense_of_agency ooh it led me to here. Neat. My research project (since Apr ’13) has been staying away from psychological explanations for things, focusing on biological, mechanical, ratio-emotional and affordances (environmental) causation instead, because sometimes psychological explanations are in the “that makes sense” category but sometimes lacking a foundation beyond explanation.

Maybe I’m ready now to tie what I’ve learned back to psychology, which was one of my first loves, and see where it gets me.

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Answer to 1st question, yes it can. I challenge myself to dive in deep, challenging my mettle by going into groups of people online whose values/believes are opposite of mine so that I can understand them better.

In the process though, some of it *can* stick: it’s probably impossible to stay entirely removed when engaging with people… maybe it’s part of sympathy? I dunno.

So yeah, there’s definitely consequences. Once you can see something from someone else’s pov, it changes you. Keeping it sorted out can be tricky.

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Thanks – yeah, I’ve tried to understand those areas that I’m empathetic and those that I’m not. I view myself as very empathetic and yet when I really probe into it, I can see how I’m able to “turn it off” when I need to in order to dispassionately figure something out.

I don’t like my emotions getting the best of me so I have all sorts of techniques for working with them. Yet, has working with these mental tools changed me? Probably. Permanently? I don’t think so. A bad enough situation can throw me back into emotional turmoil just like it can for anybody else but hopefully with a good enough toolset I can manage my way through without losing my sense of self, which is always a bit of a fear.

I’m always trying to understand other people. They confuse me. Baffle me. Perplex me. I confuse, baffle and perplex myself. But why? Shouldn’t things be logical, clear and make sense?

I can be empathetic to a piece of grass being mowed by a lawnmower or knowing about someone’s suffering far away. Yet if someone comes to me that’s suffering, I have to turn that empathy off and “be the mind” that sorts things out for them. Yet, underneath the ‘turning off’ of the empathy *is* the empathy.. if that makes any sense.

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It really is. Like, I don’t always know what my values are. I know I have ranges of acceptability. But when do things reach the unacceptable? When it those limits, how do I react appropriately? Do I stretch the limits of acceptability? Retrain myself for novel situations? Or do I fight to bring things back into acceptable tolerance limits?

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