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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Phun-size Philosophy # 67 – Realizations

Having a realization is coming to understand something clearly and distinctly. It can be both conscious and subconscious like at a first impression you basically make about 7 – 10 determinations about a person whether you realize it or not. With the blink of an eye, you judge characteristics of others that include attractiveness, likeability, competence, trustworthiness, and aggressiveness. You may not realize it but you body language, facial expressions, and overall demeanor are huge factors in what other people think of you, especially if they don’t personally know you well. Besides first impressions, our realizations about life help formulate our perceptions of reality and ultimately make a huge impact on our own individual lives. If you make a realization it means you have become aware of your current environment and have cognitively noticed what it going on within it. You then process external stimuli that you will face in almost every second of your life. Whether it is the face of a person, of a fly buzzes across the room, all of these ignite an internal spike in cognitive recognition if you are aware of their existence. If your surroundings bear down you with you detriments you have built in defense mechanisms that are innate in psychology. Whether you try to suppress the negative feelings that the world is giving you, or displace your hatred towards something by redirecting your feelings to another target, you are then submitting to the defense mechanisms that help us survive life, especially when life is unfavorable. Denial is also one of the digest defense mechanisms that we have. It is basically refusing to acknowledge the existence of something that is at a basic subconscious level completely believe that it isn’t possible to happen. While some may choose to stay in denial forever, other may come to terms and accept the truth. While what your environment present you may not be ideal, you need to move on to move forward. You also have to make sure that your perspective isn’t skewed by bias. If you can learn how to deal with life’s challenges and can get around and over them then you can improve your life from it tremendously. Life may not always be exactly what you want but you can always work to change the future. Check out more at!

-Allan Nicholas

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