By Richard S. Marken, Timothy A. Carey
In accordance with Perceptual keep watch over idea (PCT), this wonderful ebook explores the anomaly of why we frequently lose keep watch over by way of attempting to be up to speed and why our controlling nature makes it tough to forestall this self-defeating habit. knowing PCT opens the window to figuring out and studying approximately ourselves as controlling humans and equips us to steer greater and fulfilling lives.
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Controlling as Purposeful Behavior You may have noticed that our description of controlling could also be a description of purposeful behavior. The most obvious similarity is that both involve achieving a goal. When we say that someone is behaving purposefully we mean that the person is working towards a goal, such as getting a job or a college degree. But if working towards a goal were all there were to it, one would have a hard time distinguishing purposeful from non-purposeful behavior. This point was made by the American philosopher William James in The Principles of Psychology 2, which is considered by many to be the first psychology textbook.
The Theory of Relative Autonomy These and other pieces of evidence are consistent with the idea that the multitudes of control systems that make up a controlling person are arranged in a hierarchy. Such a hierarchical arrangement provides a nice explanation of how we are able to set our own references (goals) for the perceptions we control. PCT assumes that reference signal specifications for the perceptions controlled by control systems at a particular level in your hierarchy of control systems are set by control systems at a higher level in that hierarchy.
37 Controlling People: The Paradoxical Nature of Being Human This is a description of a rather informal way of doing The Test. The actual, formal version of The Test is much more precise and can provide a startlingly accurate picture of what is inside another person’s mind — what perception they are controlling — even when this is not at all obvious from watching their ‘outside’ behavior. The accuracy of a formal version of the test is illustrated in an interactive internet demonstration that we call the ‘Mind Reading’ game*.