Through Facebook, I recently became aware of a documentary, The Trap, by BBC Documentarian, Adam Curtis. In many ways it has confirmed my consistent message (i.e., to "break free"). This movie provides a great explanation and understanding of how you and I ended up being trapped. So once we understand we have been trapped - and what kind of a trap it is - we should find ways to escape the trap.
XP offers you another opportunity to break free.
Figure 1 shows the old (and current) path toward normalization and socialization, a pretty direct problem solving method often relying on reinforcement (and punishment) of mere targeted behaviors. This Skinnerian stimulus-response model has a pretty high success rate (as measured by them, not you) and results in you as a number (i.e., the subject responded at an 88% rate). Somebody else defined your [success/behavior] for you. And now you are free to go back to work - but under their terms. You have freedom but, um, it's the freedom they have allowed you to have.
The bottom half of the figure strives for a more positive freedom. By attempting to move beyond a mere two dimensional model and looking at the whole human and everything else there is hope. And successes can still be measured mathematically, but instead of a simple 1+1 formula, hyper physics, using the laws of the universe, may be more appropriate.
So let's get started...
As you are already aware, you understand you are under extreme internal and external pressures to be, you know, “normal” (or to be socialized). Bengt Nirje has articulated a highly influential definition of normalization. Many schools of thought, especially the mathematicians, economists, politicians, and other social engineers have had their say too in defining your socialization, normalization, freedom and dignity. All strive for freedom, but unfortunately what you [most of us] have is a, a negative freedom (Berlin).
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