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Me and my little brother

I’ve fully embraced my identity of Designer.

It took me a while, because I didn’t really know what it meant. I used to equate design mostly with aesthetics. A profound shift occurred with a realization:

Design actually means solving problems.

Aesthetics is simply a component of it.

Within the context of Self-Actualization, I now like to think of myself as the Designer of my Life. This is a profoundly creative and essentially practical endeavor.

Here’s an example.

I like to distinguish between outer and inner priming. Outer priming relies on external cues (eg reading something, an image, a song, etc); inner priming relies on thoughts alone.

As concerns outer priming, one excellent design space is the desktop of your computer, because you interact with it so often. More specifically, the background image. The system is simplicity embodied (for me, a hallmark of great design): the background image changes randomly, from a careful selection of images.

– Select the most powerful images you have, 80/20 style (and start collecting such images). Quality over quantity.
– Put all of them in a folder.
– Set the background image of your computer to take images from that folder, and make the background change at the interval of your choosing (mine is set to 10 minutes).

The most powerful images can instantly change your state, and help you regain balance.

The image of me and my little brother is one of the most powerful I have. It’s so powerful that it brings tears to my eyes, and it instantly connects me with my Inner Child. That’s the kind of images you want.

Default Priming

Wisdom is all about application. (Darius Foroux)

Live the words.

Fragments from imaginary dialogues

“What do you notice of the myriad things that surround you? What are the details that color your little corner of the universe?”

“I’d say that, since there’s so many stimuli, by necessity, we have to be selective, we have to filter out most of them.”

“This is a kind of priming. I call it default priming.”

“What do you mean?”

“Think of a color, or a shape, and take a look around you. Notice how things of that shape or color magically start popping into view, things that were all but invisible a moment ago.

I call this process perceptual priming.
I call the color, or shape chosen to initiate the process, perceptual filters.

Default priming is essentially a collection of perceptual filters. I like to think of it as a priming map.”

“So a kind of perceptual map of the world.”

“Yes. The same process applies to the mental world. I call it mental priming.

In the same way, we’re primed by default to think of certain things, we have certain recurring thought patterns, based on the experiential/conceptual/ideatic mental models we have in place.”

“So we have a perceptual priming map, and mental priming map.”

“Indeed. These priming maps are mostly habitual. I call this, habitual priming.”

“You like creating concepts, don’t you?”

“It’s a way of thinking. You can think of them metaphorically as the functions in programming. They’re reusable blocks of mental code.

Back to our sheep, the practical implication of habitual priming is that it can be changed through repetition. Repeat something enough times, and it will become part of your priming map.”

“Makes me think of Deliberate Practice.”

“That’s exactly what it is. Only it’s mental, not physical.

For me, rewriting one’s default priming is an essential component of Self-Actualization. I view this process in strategic and aesthetic terms.”

“Another instance of Life-Artistry?”

“Yes. Take the initial quotes as an example. The idea they express is for me foundational. A measure of success in ‘installing’ this idea is how present it is in your mind.

Another distinction I like to make is between passive and active knowledge. Success in the implementation of the idea means, every time you encounter a piece of wisdom, having the idea active in your mind.

How can I live this wisdom?
How can I implement it in my life?Ӡ