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By Richard S. Marken, Timothy A. Carey

According to Perceptual keep watch over thought (PCT), this interesting ebook explores the ambiguity of why we regularly lose keep an eye on by means of attempting to be up to the mark and why our controlling nature makes it tricky to forestall this self-defeating habit. figuring out PCT opens the window to realizing and studying approximately ourselves as controlling humans and equips us to steer more beneficial and enjoyable lives.

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But when things start to go wrong — when we feel like we are losing control — we have to understand how our own behavior works so that we can fix it. And understanding how our behavior works means understanding how control works. 27 Controlling People: The Paradoxical Nature of Being Human Control Theory As noted in the previous chapter, controlling is a somewhat puzzling activity because it seems to violate the Law of Cause and Effect. A person who is controlling is taking actions in the present that appear to be caused by a goal that exists in the future.

There are many other reflexes like this, where we don’t seem to be the cause of our own behavior. For example, there is the eye blink reflex where a blink (the behavior) appears to be caused by air puffed at the eye (the external event), and the pupillary reflex where changes in the size of the pupil (the behavior) appear to be caused by changes in the amount of light shined at the eye (the external event). Indeed, experimental studies in psychology are done with the goal of finding the external events (called independent variables) that are the cause of various behaviors (called dependent variables).

Mind Reading Although our conclusions about the purpose of a person’s behavior are often wrong, they are also often right. The problem is that we are not very good at telling the difference. If, for example, we conclude that the gesticulating person is signing to a deaf friend we may be right and we may be wrong. The trouble is we often act on our conclusions as though they are right whether or not they are actually right. But sometimes we are able to test our conclusion by getting more information.

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