Re: DSM: Heart over Mind

Rick Stansberger (
Sat, 04 Nov 2000 07:48:01 -0700

Robert, you can't have it both ways. First you say we're all conditioned so
much that there is no such thing as an independent inner life (intrinsic
motivation) and then you say the intellect rules. that's a contradiction.

Condition operates through feelings, setting up warm fuzzy feelings for doing
the "right" thing and fear for doing the "wrong."

Those who have defeated their conditioning through therapy or self therapy make
heavy use of the intellect for examining and thwarting the old conditioned
responses, and finally replacing them with chosen new ones.

I gotta tellya, my friend, regular schooling has next to nothing to do with the
intellect. Intellect scares the bejeepers out of those people. Just watch how
they respond when a new teacher or a kid asks "why?" about one of their
unexamined but cherished rules.


Robert Swanson wrote:

> Half hour discussion about thought via heart or via intellect, and making a
> future for our children.
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> I am pleased he repeated the point I have been making - We are thinking with
> intellect to the omission of heart and feelings. Heart is actually supposed
> to be the controlling element over mind and body. The consequence of going
> against nature is to live in fear while struggling vainly to collect
> material things as salvation from the mess we've made.
> robert

Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd:
Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.

"The Unknown Citizen: (To JS/07/M/37 This Marble Monument Is Erected by the State)" W. H. Auden

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