Barbara Branden Posted March 1, 2006 Share Posted March 1, 2006 Phil, you wrote; "Rather than say there are degrees of evasion, I would limit the concept itself very strictly to: willful failure to look when you know you should, know how to do it, and know that it is necessary right at that time."What you describe seems to me next door to impossible. If you know you should look, know how to do it, and know that it's necessary now -- doesn't this mean you already have allowed into consciousness a good deal of information about the "evaded" subject? If I said to myself: "I will drink this martini, although I know I ought to examine what my doctor has told me about liquor and the state of my liver, I know I can easily access that information, and I know I should look at that information before I take my first sip "-- then I haven't evaded. You can't know you should look at something immediately without having allowed into consciousness some awareness of what needs to be looked at. (I hope this doesn't sound impossibly convoluted; it's clear to me.) You wrote: "I would put it that there are -more- possibilities than total evasion vs. full focus." That was precisely my point -- however we define total evasion. You add: "But I think I'd add a third aspect -- iii) not choosing to focus on an issue and not knowing for sure that one needs to, or not at that time." Agreed. And I like your list of some of the reasons why people may not attend to something they need to explore.I agree with your statement: "I would even suspect that -most- really big errors that good people make which mess up their lives are not the result of evasion but of psychological problems and blind spots (or even lack of working intelligence applied to oneself.)" I had not realized that we do not have an adequate definition of evasion -- of what you call "total evasion." "The refusal to see" simply isn't adequate. Perhaps the definition can be found in the concept of emotional repression -- that is, we have a strong feeling about some issue that our answer to ourselves is not satisfactory, but we instantly sit on, repress, that emotion before we can allow it to precipitate further investigation, because we sense that investigation will be threatening. To return to the example of the martini. I tell myself""Damn it, I want that martini, I'm going to have it, I'm sick and tired of being told what to do!" -- and I slam out of awareness before it can fully arise my feeling of guilt which has caused the defensiveness of my message to myself. What a fascinating subject! Barbara Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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