A Quote by James Redfield on consciousness, psychology, manipulate, phenomenon, and violence

"Looking at why people treat each other so violently. We've always known that this violence comes from the urge humans fell to control and dominate one another, but only recently have we studied this phenomenon from the inside, from the point of view of the individual's consciousness. We have asked what happens inside a human being that makes him want to control someone else. We have found that when and individual walks up to another person and engages in a conversation, which happens billions of times each day in the world, one of two things can happen. That individual can come away felling string or feeling weak depending on what occurs in the interaction."

"We humans always seem to take a manipulative posture. No matter what the particulars of the situation, or the subject matter, we prepare ourselves to say whatever we want in order to prevail in the conversation. Each of us seeks to find some way to control and thus to remain on top in the encounter. If we are successful, or our viewpoint prevails, then rather than feel weak, we receive a psychological boost."

"In other words we humans seek to outwit and control each other not just because of some tangible goal in the outside world that we're trying to achieve, but because of a lift we get psychologically. This is the reason we see so many irrational conflicts in the world both at the individual level and the level of nations."

"The consensus in this matter is now emerging into public consciousness. We humans are realizing how much we manipulate each other and consequently we're reevaluating our motivations. We're looking for another way to interact. I think this reevaluation will be part of the new world view."

James Redfield

Source: The Celestine Prophecy An Adventure, Pages: 165

Contributed by: Nara-Narayana

A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, society, and psychology

Indisputably we live in a shaped reality, an artificialism.  Most people who grasp this are thinking only at a consumer-level, of the "things" they like and need and feel impelled to acquire.  But our societal and political arrangements are just as much manipulations of game-pieces and rules as is any Atari or Sega product.  The subliminal psychology that drives people to become addicted to games, not to be able to see over the edges of their labyrinths, is transferable to any field whatsoever.

Kenneth Smith

Contributed by: Dave

A Quote by Robert Lee Frost on psychology, change, evolution, healing, emotions, growth, consciousness, and acceptance

The way out is the way in.

I am sure I have heard this several times from places I can't recall, but it's not already in the Gaia Quotes database, so I add this profound insight from the fields of psychological healing and spiritual evolution. It sure has helped me.

Probable source: American poet Robert Frost who said what Tsuya posted below in her comment. And Howard Nemerov said the same thing in something he wrote, too.

Robert Frost

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A Quote by David Berman on language, things, perception, philosophy, linguistics, and psychology

Language is virtually always pathological; hence the solution is to move as fast and far as possible from language to experience, from linguistic to experimental or psychological philosophy. In order to know that we are not in the linguistic maze, we need to determine, according to Berkeley, whether the things we are talking about exist; hence we need to look for the relevant perceptions. For him, this usually means retiring into himself and trying to imagine whether x exists, having formed the best definition possible of x.

David Berman

Source: Berkeley: The Great Philosophers (The Great Philosophers Series) (Great Philosophers (Routledge (Firm))), Pages: 43

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on book, psychology, beauty, and reader

A book is a human fact; a great book like Seraphita gathers together numerous psychological elements. These elements become coherent through a sort of psychological beauty. It does the reader a service.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 88

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Mark Epstein on self-awareness, psyche, delusion, truth, psychology, buddhism, healing, perception, addiction, and detachment

If aspects of the person remain undigested--cut off, denied, projected, rejected, indulged, or otherwise unassimilated--they become the points around which the core forces of greed, hatred and delusion attach themselves.

Mark Epstein

Source: Thoughts Without a Thinker

Contributed by: Laurie

A Quote by Annette Jankiewicz on do unto others, psychology, and philosophy

Don't "should" on me, don't "should" on yourself and don't "should" on anyone else. 

Annette Jankiewicz

Source: Psychology instructor

Contributed by: Bobbi

A Quote by Robert K. Cooper on destiny, william james, philosophy, psychology, choices, and habits

William James, a pioneer in philosophy and psychology, said, "All of life is but a mass of small choices--practical, emotional and intellectual--systematically organized for our greatness or grief." When asked if these choices could be altered, he replied, "Yes, one at a time. But we must never forget that it's not only our big dreams that shape reality...the small choices bear us irresistibly toward our destiny."           

Robert Cooper

Source: The Other 90%: How to Unlock Your Vast Untapped Potential for Leadership and Life, Pages: xvi

Contributed by: Brian

A Quote by William James on habits and psychology

Let no youth have nay anxiety about the upshot of his education, whatever the line of it may be. If he keep faithfully busy each hour of the working-day, he may safely leave the final result to itself. He can with perfect certainty count on waking up some fine morning, to find himself one of the competent ones of his generation, in whatever pursuit he may have singled out.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Principles of Psychology, Vol. 1

Contributed by: Brian

A Quote by William James on habits, psychology, and intention

No matter how full a reservoir of maxims one may possess, and no matter how good one's sentiments may be, if one have not taken advantage of every concrete opportunity to act, one's character may remain entirely unaffected for the better. With mere good intentions, hell is proverbially paved.

William James (1842 - 1910)

Source: The Principles of Psychology, Vol. 1

Contributed by: Brian

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