Sunday, May 1, 2011

46. The optimal psychological temporal mix , for the past, the present and the future.


To be aware of your hidden attitude towards the temporal categories in our life may be a key for the easiness and success of what you are doing.
There are two ways positive-negative as orientation for the past, present and future (law of polarity)

1) Past-positive
2) Past-negative
3) Present-positive (hedonism)
4) Present-negative (fatalism)
5) Future-positive (goal oriented)
6) Future-negative (transcendentalism, metaphysics)

It seems to me that this  usually should depend on the present age compared to the average human life-cycle (being a child or young, being at your 30's , being old etc).

According to psychological studies (see Philip Zimbardo in his TED video
the optimal temporal mix is:
a) High positive opinion for the past
b) Moderate opinion for the present
c) A moderately high positive opinion for the future

Nevertheless it seems to me that at middle or older age the optimal mix might be

a) High positive opinion for the past
b)  Moderately high positive opinion for the present
c) Moderately  opinion for the future

while for the youth it should be

a) Moderate positive opinion for the past
b)  Moderately high positive opinion for the present
c)  High positive opinion for the future

The important is to have the liquidity of fantasy, liquidity of emotions and beliefs, liquidity of behaviour, so as to be flexible and adjustable for the optimal psychological temporal mix that fits the present life.

Here is another relevant video:http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/laura_carstensen_older_people_are_happier.html

Of course peace of mind  and happiness comes also when we feel that we accomplish gradually our true goals. And there minor and major goals in life. We might say that our existence has no other goal than to exist. Or that we may have many different goals, according to the scale of relevance in our existence. But one of the most beautiful and meaning goals in life is to develop more of our soul consciousness. So all other minor goals like social success, money, fame, knowledge , creativity etc are to serve this major goal of developing more of our soul consciousness