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Mental States 1: Inner Experiences

Self in Interaction

Our self is what has feelings. During our interactions we automatically activate experiential flows: feelings, emotions, ideas, intuitions &c. Each of us must manage these dynamic mental states.

Each approach (= mentality) can be naturally associated with a particular type of feeling (= Level in the THEE Framework of Experience: PH4).

We all experience our self as having a boundary. What is «within the boundary» feels or is treated as if it were me. What is «without the boundary» feels or is treated as if it is not me The «not me» is usually someone else, but it may be an object, a relationship, an institution or a place. . The two sets of approaches differ sharply as to the nature of these boundaries.

Well-being Set

■ External diffuse self-boundaries

Moving up the diagonal, the mentalities prefer, support and foster increasingly intangible forms of experience.

Self-BoundaryClosed is determined by the ever-expanding family, some of whom may not be known or have never been met: so it is external and diffuse. This is the source of intense pain at separations and the subordination of member individuality to family needs.

Self-BoundaryClosed is determined by the source of sensation, which makes it external and diffuse. The result is a strong desire to possess and control the stimulating source—person, artefact, view, painting.

Self-BoundaryClosed is determined by the communal group whose membership may fluctuate, making it external and diffuse. Empathy for others in the group flows from this extension of self.

Self-BoundaryClosed is determined ultimately by the cosmos, making it external and diffuse. Because the universe is a manifestation of the self, relevant personal meaning can be seen in any stimulus or happening

Productivity Set

■ Internal distinct self-boundaries

Moving up the diagonal, the mentalities prefer, support and foster increasingly complex forms of experience.

Self-BoundaryClosed is defined by the physical body, which means that it is internal and distinct.

Self-BoundaryClosed is determined by the mind, with an emphasis on individuality, so internal and distinct.

Self-BoundaryClosed is the «embodied mind» which is now focused sharply on the particular social role within a social context, so it stays internal and distinct.

ClosedAnother Framework in THEE


Originally posted: July 2009




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