Depression or Happiness?

Attitude is about your perspective on things.

Can attitude have that much of an impact on a person’s reality? More than you can image. Of course much of attitude is tied to having positive expectations?

It is of course best to live life with as few expectations as possible. However, it is important to  have a deliberate and intentional approach to life.  Such a life can be driven by a deliberately optimistic attitude in thought, word and action. Such an attitude is often  associated with positive expectations.  In its fullest expression this can lead to hope, trust, and  acts  of  courage. It also frees the mind of worry, fear, doubt, limited thinking, and narrow-mindedness.

There is a thin line that separates the mental from the physical.  Research shows definitively  that  positive reinforcement can change brain function. It can be measured.  As far as the mind goes research has  also shown that memory, attention and language are physically changed when an  individual  is  trained  to  shift  his  or  her  attitude. Change your attitude and you can be happier. It is that simple

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Lewis Harrison is an speaker, consultant, and Contemporary Spiritual Teacher. He is a  pioneer in the personal development movement  The author of nine  self help books on human potential he offers seminar, workshops, retreats and phone based coaching.

He is the author of the Comprehensive book Healing Depression naturally www.HealingDepressionBook.com

He created the course on Life Strategies www.LewisHarrisonsAppliedGameTheory.com  – based on Game Theory, the idea expanded on by John Nash the Nobel prize winning subject of the biopick “A Beautiful Mind”. Lewis holds regular stress management,  and meditation retreats at his Spa in the Western Catskills. Learn more at Thecatskillsbedandbreakfast.com

His company offers on-site chair massage through www.eventschairmassage.com

Lewis hosts a weekly radio show “What Up” that explore game theory. The show broadcasts Wednesdays, on WIOX 91.3 FM  – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EST).  The show is also available as an internet stream at the same time period at WIOXRadio.org

Power and Influence in Game Theory

All games in life are defined in part by the back stories of the players in the game. A person in possession of real power knows that we are all limited or empowered not by our experiences alone but by the stories we create about these experiences. We create different life stories for a variety of reasons, some within our control and other not. We can exert power over others and be controlled by another’s power because of many different factors some under our control and others beyond our control. These factors may include gender, religious beliefs, cultural background, age and general life circumstances.  The popular motivational author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia defined six stages in a person’s development.  These stages are infancy, childhood adolescence, maturity, intimacy and old age.  Different types of power will be important to an individual based on where they are developmentally.

Power Can Open Any Door and get You Access to Anyone

When a person wields power without vision or focus they can determine, shape, give direction to, and affect the people around them as well as the surrounding environment in positive or negative ways. They can create wealth –even legally print money – influence through propaganda, build armies coerce, threaten violence and create havoc.

When a person wields power with vision and focus they can educate and effectively influence important decision makers. It generally accepted that when President Harry Truman was weighing the pros and cons of supporting a UN decision on the creation of the State of Israel it was the influence of his old friend and business associate in the haberdashery business back in Missouri that played an important role in swinging his support to the affirmative.

Among the most common types of power you will, see, hear about or experience in your life time are:

– Social influence: The ability to bypass “gate keepers” through interpersonal relationship.

– Power (sociology): Where one person may influence another.

Power (international) : Where one state may influence another.

Political power:  Directing the affairs of state.

Bribery:  The use of money or similar rewards to influence others.

-Wealth: The use of money to do whatever one wants to do onn ones own terms

– Cultural Domination: When one culture unfairly infects, overwhelms and eliminates a previously existing culture.

About the Author:

Lewis Harrison is an  speaker, consultant, and Contemporary Spiritual Teacher. He is a  pioneer in the personal development movement  The author of nine  self help books on human potential he offers seminar, workshops, retreats and phone based coaching.

He owns the NYC Chair Massage Company www.EventsChairMassage.com

He created the course on Life Strategies – www.LifeStrategyCourse.com  – based on Game Theory, the idea expanded on by John Nash the Nobel prize winning subject of the biopick “A Beautiful Mind”. Lewis holds regular stress management,  and meditation retreats at his Spa in the Western Catskills. Learn more at  www.TheHarrisonCenter.com

His company offers on-site chair massage through www.eventschairmassage.com

Lewis hosts a weekly radio show “What Up” that explore game theory. The show broadcasts Wednesdays, on WIOX 91.3 FM  – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EST).  The show is also available as an internet stream at the same time period at WIOXRadio.org

Truth, Memes and Game Theory

 

When you read about Game Theory there is much said about mathematics but little about the nature of truth and language. Yet it seem important to explore the role of truth and how words are used in creating effective life success strategies and creating cultural influence. Truth in my approach to game theory means constancy or sincerity in action or character. In general terms it is difficult if not impossible to specifically define truth since the word has a variety of meanings including a state of being in accord with reality or fact. Those coming at the question from a Taoist or Zen perspective could say truth is nothing more anything that is the complete opposite  of what is false. In the end there are various definitions of truth based on whether you are defining something logically, factually, or ethically.

 

It is difficult to define truth because you are working with language, and language and words are at best “tools” by which humans convey information to each another. At the very best the word, “truth” must have a beneficial use to be retained within language.

 

Defining what is required to make something beneficial (called potency and applicability by philosophers) can be called a “criterion”.  The method used to recognize a “truth” is called a “criterion of truth”. Since there is no single accepted criterion, all criteria are nothing more than theroies.

 

One might ask “If there is no one definite definition of truth, how can the word be used at all? This is a good question. To even explore this idea one must discuss the concept of specialized language. When I apply game theory truth generally refers to the quality of “faithfulness, fidelity, loyalty, sincerity, veracity”, as well as to “an agreement of what is a fact or an even a reality agreed upon by a group individuals

 

There is an approach to truth that states that the application of a term like “true” to a statement does not really tell us anything important about the thing that is supposedly true. At best, according to this approach, saying that something is “true” becomes a tool within a conversation used to emphasize claims, gain agreement, or to form certain types of generalizations.

 

The strength of any approach to truth versus others is based in part on what one considers important in the search for truth. There might, for example, be issues necessary to the analysis of a particular truth. These issues might include interpersonal power struggles, community interactions, personal biases and other factors involved in deciding what is seen as truth.

About the Author:

Lewis Harrison is an  speaker, consultant, and Contemporary Spiritual Teacher. He is a  pioneer in the personal development movement  The author of nine  self help books on human potential he offers seminar, workshops, retreats and phone based coaching.

He owns the NYC Chair Massage Company www.EventsChairMassage.com

 

He created the course on Life Strategies – www.LifeStrategyCourse.com  – based on Game Theory, the idea expanded on by John Nash the Nobel prize winning subject of the biopick “A Beautiful Mind”. Lewis holds regular stress management,  and meditation retreats at his Spa in the Western Catskills. Learn more at  www.TheHarrisonCenter.com

 

His company offers on-site chair massage through www.eventschairmassage.com

 

Lewis hosts a weekly radio show “What Up” that explore game theory. The show broadcasts Wednesdays, on WIOX 91.3 FM  – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EST).  The show is also available as an internet stream at the same time period at WIOXRadio.org

The Real Issue In America

The Real Issue In America

By Allofus

The attitude of the American majority toward certain American minority groups
in the U.S. and throughout the world has been and still is “the real issue in
America.” To a large extent the Industrial Revolution and American History
under­score the reason for this attitude. History reminds us that this American
majority (former British citizens) were once viewed by the British Govern­ment
as social outcasts who by necces­sity became the instrument of Great Britain’s
Industrial Revolution and the Institution of Slavery. At the time, these British
Subjects accused and por­trayed the British Government as the enemy and
oppressor of their dreams and aspirations in the New World (America).

However, history also records that these British Subjects won their free­dom
from Great Britain at the expense of African and American Indian free­dom. This
basic ideological contradiction eventually caused a split in America (Civil War­
North vs. South) with abolitionists who saw slavery and Indian reservations as an
equivalent in­justice to the British Government’s op­pression of their rights in the
past.

Therefore, is it not fair and just when American Indians see them­selves as
prisoners of war under occu­pation by former British Subjects who defected to
North America? American Indians are angered further (justifiably so) when they
recall the many Indians who taught these British settlers to grow corn and survive
in a new envi­ronment (America), only to have their land appropriated. American
Indians view these actions toward them in the same light as foreign intervention
in Vietnam, South Africa, Korea, Argen­tina, Chile, Iraq, Palestine, and other
parts of the world.

In America, “the real issue” is al­ways the one nobody feels comfortable talking
about. For example, during World War II, Japanese­Americans, born legally as
American citizens, were detained and placed in U.S. Gov­ernment relocation
camps. German American citizens were not subjected to the same type of
treatment. Why the Jap­anese and not the Germans?

During the civil rights movement in the 1960’s, African­Americans, born legally
as American citizens, were killed, beaten and jailed across the U.S. for having
peaceful, non­violent demonstrations to achieve racial, economic, political, and
social equality.

Another example of this majority attitude sur­faced in the midst of the U.S.­
Iranian hostage crisis. Iranian people, some born legally as American citizens
and some not, were subjected to harass­ment by the U.S. Government and the
American people at large. Iranians were victims of mob attacks, personal threats
against their lives, and other barbaric offenses.

And of course, most recently, the witch­hunt for Weapons of Mass Destruction
(WMD) in Iraq that never materialized. This pre­emptive strike on a sovereign
nation was allowed under the pretext of an alleged connection between Osama
Ben Laden and Iraq that has never existed. Is this a political/terrorist issue or an
oil/economic issue for certain special interests?

We as Americans have the tendency to talk about human rights, yet, our attitudes
and actions show the world another picture of us. How can we stand by and not
remove the people at the top of the military/government that were responsible for
the torturing of prisoners in Iraq?

Should we deport, drop bombs on England, or harass all Brit­ish people in
America if England takes anti­American actions similar to the incident in Iraq?
Or, maybe the British should deport all the Irish in England who support the
anti­British revolt in Ireland. Why not deport all the Italians in America if Italy
becomes commu­nist?

The Klu Klux Klan and the Ameri­can Nazi Party have done more to dis­tort and
destroy the American Constitution and American founding father ideals than any
other organiza­tion, group or individual in the U.S. Why haven’t we deported
them to a communist country or some place else that accepts their philosophy?

In our recent past, the Haitian boat people were victims of this American
Government and/or American major­ity attitude. Our Government launched an
anti Haitian campaign long before the majority of the Haitian boat people even
arrived on our shores. And, once they did arrive, they were labeled with every
form of anti­social disease under the sun – from ‘Herpes to AIDS. Why was it so
impor­tant to mount such a blatant attack against the Haitian people? After all, the
U.S. Government admits they de­fected from a non­communist country, which
should mean they are friends and not enemies.

It seems that we have a history of putting dictators in power and then taking them
out of office by any means necessary when their existence is no longer expedient
to achieve U.S. goals and objectives. The “A” list is quite long: Noriega, Marcos,
Shah of Iran, Bastista, Osama, Papa Doc, Sadaam, and Khadafi (all non­white –
men of color).

How can our President or any other American citizen legitimately talk about
human rights when we ourselves have lessons to learn? As Americans we should
stop making ourselves the laughing stock of world opinion. Let’s take a close look
in the mirror for a change and soon we will discover “the real Issue in America”
(double standards regarding people of color).

Submitted to Lewis Harrison at the Harrison Center for Personal Development  by the author with permission to print in this blog.

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