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Psychology: The Human Condition

Psychology

What am I?

How does my body, mind, and spirit work?

This is by no means a comprehensive presentation of the Work ideas, rather it is a starting point for further study. Remember that even though the study of the Work involves learning many new words and concepts, it is absolutely essential that you always make sure you can explain the ideas in ordinary language, and make as many connections as possible with the general body of human knowledge.

Knowledge and Being

There is a difference between what we know and what we are and can do.

Attention and Developing Attention

Our degree of attention in any moment is a function of what part of centre we are operating from. Attention can be cultivated and controlled with practice, will, and effort. Work with attention is very important in self-development.

Essence and Personality

When we are born into this world, we come with certain qualities and capacities.

As we grow and develop, we acquire new knowledge and new abilities.

The Four Possible States of Human Consciousness

There are four possible states of consciousness available to human beings, but usually we live in only the lowest two.

The Structure and Function of the Human Machine

The human body has several lower essential functions that we are born with, and other higher functions that we can connect with through work and effort.

Human Being Bodies

We are born into a planetary body, but there are further bodies that can be developed.

Levels of Man

We are born with a dominant lower essential function. We can achieve balance between these lower functions, and develop higher functions with work and effort.

Human Types

Humans are born into a limited number of human types.

The Many I's: Man is not Unified

Our psychology is characterized by no one "I" being in control.

I's and Groups of I's

The Many I's group themselves randomly according to the associations and experiences we have.

The Five Levels of I

The degree of control and consciousness we achieve determines what level of "I" we are living at.

Parables

 

Man is Asleep in a House on Fire

A parable likening the human condition to being asleep in a house on fire.

Man is in a Prison

A parable likening the human condition to being in prison.

Obstacles

 

Unnecessary Talking

One of the chief obstacles to inner development is talking without aim or attention.

Lying

One of the chief obstacles to inner development is our tendency to talk about things we do not know, or can not know, as though we do know.

Imagination

One of the chief obstacles to inner development is our imagining that we already possess qualities and abilities that we do not have, and that can only be developed through long efforts.

Identification

One of the characteristics of our psychology is that we lose ourselves by becoming absorbed into events, thoughts, and emotions.

Internal Considering

A special form of identification with oneself whereby we imagine we know what others think of us and make inner accounts against others.

Negative Emotions

One of the chief obstacles to awakening is losing energy through the expression of negative and unpleasant emotions.

*Vanity

Personal descriptions of vanity in action in ordinary daily life.

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