Thursday, November 26, 2009

Traps

Our habits of thinking can easily lead some of us into a trap that we sometimes don't recognize. When we are satisfied with our viewpoint on a topic we have effectively established a filter on our senses and our thinking that stops from reexamining that viewpoint even in the face of new information. We literally cannot even see that new information because of our filters. Unfortunately this can occur at a very early age or be affected by work and personal interactions.
Our filters in essence create a box within which we look for our answers. This leads us into the trap of continuing to ask the same question over and over again and frustrating ourselves by always getting answers from our box that don't work.
Perhaps the way to break the trap is to start searching for questions rather than continuing to look for more answers within our filtered box. New questions can come from reading, movies, conversations, controversy and so on. When we start looking for questions we will often find that we have a answer to that question that resonates with us and changes the filters we use.
Your thoughts?

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Sandee said...

This is much easier to say than do. I have my filters and I know I do. I doubt I'll change my approach to these issues either. At least I know that I'm biases. You are right though. We react to our perception of things.

Have a terrific day. :P

Rizal Affif said...

Nice one.

To me, challenging myself to do a new thing really sets me free from the trap :) thanks :)

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Linda said...

I agree with you, sometimes we think we know enough, but there is more that we need to know. Everyday we discover new things.

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Theresa111 said...

I will keep this in mind as I enter into 2010. Thanks Peter. Hope all is good your your and your kitty.

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Carico said...

Yeah its called being stubborn. So many people get dead set on their ideas without proper knowledge.

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drconfused said...

This reminds me of the saying 'our need to know is our inability to learn'
The word I always used rather then filters was presuppositions and it is true that these filters can impede our lives.
'Letting Go' is something I have heard alot and I couldnt wrap my head around it until reading about mindfulness which is about living in the now rather then the past and future (at least in my current perspective).

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I think I have heard about this before, something like the anchor effect. Once you are in particular train of through, it is hard to get out of it.

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Its very important to stay open but there are so may influences on us. Parents, friends, society in general. Its hard to keep an open perspetive.

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Great one. Challenging oneself to do a thing will help anyone get out of any kin of traps!

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we have to be more on a lookout not to fall for these traps because of our habits. Though it's quite hard.

berkey said...

there are times that we need to think deeper or need to ask second opinions to others though this should not affect our judgment but rather improves it. traps are in many form and we should recognize it.

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Hey the article serves the best answer for trap.Thinking out of box is better. but too much of thinking exceeds human self control on mind and body. Thanks for such a wonderful article!

Daren said...

Gotta agree with Sandee for the most part. I found myself in this trap and told myself to do this when this happens. It is hard and you have to constantly monitor yourself. I am glad to see that I am not the only one with this frustration.

john said...

This is much easier to say than do. I have my filters and I know I do. I doubt I'll change my approach to these issues either

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Ayur said...

Not sometimes we always think we know everything, if we found someone knows more than we know then only we realize the truth.Excellent post to think our self.

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Most of times we believe we understand sufficient, but there is more that we require to know. Everyday we find out new things.

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Lot of people fall in traps due to lack of information about a subject.

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I really enjoy your writing voice! The "filters" discussion is an interesting topic. Being aware of those filters is the first step to allow ourselves to grow from introspection. There are downsides to filters but, in my opinion, there are also important upsides. One upside being that without filters we may not be intrigued to ask those exploratory questions to learn more about the world around us and thus the true id inside of us. But another good point is that we need change and stimulating environment to discover new filters...and then question those filters. Ahh personal evolution:)

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Everyday is a new day. When I feel I can't think of a solution and ask the same question over and over, I let the topic go and think of it after a good night sleep. You'll be surprised how an answer appears almost out of nowhere.

h pylori said...

I agree with you, but we cannot process all the information on the subject continiously. Otherwise we loose our piece of mind and our self confidence that is based on some definite opinion.
I think it's kind of ok to live in your own world, because everybody does. Nobody is objective.

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Peter Write said...

Even though we have our filters and traps,we must keep our minds open to the possibility of knowing the true fact of the challenge.

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Challenges are a way of living that we come by each day, some make as strong while others drain our strength completely. Challenging ourselves will open our reasoning capacity and strengthen our ways than our human made status. Like the idea.

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It's true, we stop thinking once we reach a conclusion, if we do think beyond that who knows maybe we may just discover the best output. I guess studying from various angles will benefit us more.

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