Thought sharing time!
I’ll try my best. Actually, my best takes too long and does not come natural to me, so correction, I will half-ass this.
Bruce provides many examples as to why exactly we are not our own individual. We are a product of our upbringing, genetics, and surroundings. Makes sense and sits well, right? Well, he also touches on the idea that free will does not exist. And most people, especially Americans cannot wrap their minds and little (physically large) hearts around that idea. “Say waaa? America was founded on free will!” Yep, he goes there. There are some moral situations he brings up as well. Someone with a tumor in the area of his brain that is in charge of self-control watches child porn. He knows it’s “wrong”, he knows it’s against the law, but yet he does it. Is it his problem that he acted on his sexual impulses? This particular fellow actually had his tumor removed, and his impulses were easily controlled then. But alas, his tumor grew back and so did his erection for young laddies.
Bruce talks about priming at one point in the book which I directly relate to typology. And actually the world we’ve created primes us BIG time. And I think that’s why some people have a difficult time in finding themselves. Labels, titles, names, definitions… If I say you are a ballerina, do you sit up taller? If I say you are a bum, are you gonna feel more comfortable in your sweatpants? If I say you’re a ballerina and you’re currently looking like a bum, do you start to feel a little like shit? If I say you’re a type 3 ENFJ, are you gonna try to hit on me? haha. This is when typology becomes interesting to me. It’s the psychology of actually typing something. Of coming to that conclusion. And observing the after-effects.
Sometimes I wonder, “If Blake told some of these people that they are different types than they thought they were, would they act differently?” The whole foundation of existence starts to shake when someone tells you you are something else. Especially when it comes from someone who runs a typology site and who you deeply respect.
We all are susceptible to priming, right? If we aren’t then we probably have had a tough time fitting in today’s world. Maybe getting fired, divorced… OH! And what if I tell you you are a wife or a husband? I understand that how we view those terms today is different than 100 years ago, but if you’re not married, your disposition my change a little, ya? You may think, oh I have responsibility now. Oh, no more fun. But where do these implications come from? Other people. I’m currently reading 1984 and it’s similar to the 2 minutes of hate. If you’re around a group of people for a while, you will start to act like a group instead of an individual. You will also feel less responsible for your actions or words, because well, it’s not you speaking, it’s the group.
I’ll stop now…I can see a tangent blossoming.
For the record, I am a ballerina bum. And, it was a good read. Nice mental exercise. I wonder how this guy sleeps at night?!