Thursday, January 21, 2010

Learn How to Gain Clarity Instantly: “Let’s be clear.”


If you’re like most people, your first inclination was to read the words, “red, yellow, green…,” rather than the colors they’re printed in, “blue, green, red…”

You’ve just experienced interference.

When you look at one of the words, you see both its color and its meaning. If those two pieces of evidence are in conflict, you have to make a choice. Because experience has taught you that word meaning is more important than ink color, interference occurs when you try to pay attention only to the ink color.

The interference effect suggests you’re not always in complete control of where you place your focus.

This demonstration is called the Stroop Effect.  The Stroop Effect is the work of James R. Stroop, Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1935, and is part of the American Psychological Association’s museum exhibition, Psychology: Understanding Ourselves, Understanding Each Other.

I enjoyed, as an exhibit facilitator, explaining this exhibit at the Louisville Science Center back in 1995. My practicum was for BA in psychology.

Now let’s learn how to gain clarity instantly

If you are unaware of interference and the effect - not in control of what you're paying attention to - you may be subject to uncertainty.

We’ll exam this more carefully by looking at my experience.

Even though I was performing well in school and absorbing tons of new information, a sense of uncertainty plagued me. Kind of like what many people are feeling today with so many upheavals in all areas of life. Is the economy red or green, is the weather yellow or blue and are we headed for disaster or revival?

Here’s how I found clarity…

A simple but profound moment occurred when I walked away from one of my classes. Out of nowhere I stumbled and fell to the ground! I sat on the field with bruised knee and pride and instantly had an incredible insight - I had given University studies authority over my life experiences. Theory and practice often conflict but knowing this makes all the difference in the world.

Understanding interference helps you learn how to gain clarity instantly through your insights. The poem below is my feelings about defeating uncertainty.

Path

As you walk in fear of falling

You begin to stumble along.

To hesitate while in fear

Know not where you stand.

Thus creating doubt

in heart and hand.

Once the path is clear

standing tall and proud

triumphantly express

To the world aloud.

-3rd Dog

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Your Personal Growth: Requires The Edge

As I prepared my 2010 list of books to read one particular book stood out sharply! Libby Gill’s “You Unstuck: Mastering the New-Rules of Risk-Taking in Work & Life.”

The book cover reminds me of a 3D image that magically transports me to another place and time. On the cover of Libby’s book, you’ll see butterflies, a symbolic image often used in personal growth to demonstrate change. The 3D image below is also about change.

If you scroll down to the end of the page, you’ll see a picture with five rows of butterflies. Yes, there is another image hidden inside, but I won’t mention what it is until later on. (It may take a few moments to diverge your eyes to see the 3D image.)

Beyond the cover and inside Libby’s book lies information about risk-taking. The thing that will get you beyond your rut and “unstuck.” I can’t wait to read the book because I am a firm believer that risk-taking is an ongoing process throughout a person’s life. I recall a time of excitement and fear when I was compelled to document those feelings in a poem. You know that feeling the one where you say what have I done.

Many people may be experiencing the same feelings right now: “I know this is good for my personal growth, but I’m afraid of making a change.”

I documented my feelings about a significant change I made in my early twenties in The poem below written in February 1986.  I joined the U. S. Army to be “all I could be.”

The Edge

Upon the edge, life is to be enlivened.
To open new doors thus comes
A cascade of clear vision.
Eyes widen even more for
The cliff hath the greatest view.
And like the eagle soars
It is given only to a few
Many stands and peer overhead
Never to learn… but
To be among the living dead.


The butterflies (changes) put together in an orderly fashion create the 3D image of a STAR. And…your personal growth requires “The Edge” (risk-taking) in a progressive fashion to be the STAR you ARE!

-3rd Dog

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If you want to know more about “You Unstuck“ go to: http://libbygill.com/

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Don’t even consider watching this Movie! 3rd Dog Review



Unless… you enjoy brilliant cinematography strong characters and a captivating story. If you’re bored with the comic book hero storyline and need a little spice, then I have a movie for you.

The real surprise - it’s an indie film

…that takes you through a coming-of-age drama based on a true story. You‘ll get lost in the characters and discover a new world as the director, Edgar Michael Bravo, tells an original story about an age old profession. This unique film does not use nudity to lure you in. However, One Hour Fantasy Girl is raw, unpredictable and engrossing. The actors bring deep, authentic emotion to the screen as you follow the journey of the main character Becky Lewis, actor Kelly-Ann Tursi, a 20-year-old fantasy girl who makes a living by fulfilling men's fantasies.

Becky and her business partner, musical artist Chi Trang, actor Paul D. Nguyen, will walk a fine line between business and social taboos. Becky saw her choice to work as a fantasy girl as a temporary fix to save money for her dream of owning real estate. Eventually, she is forced to test the limits of customer and client confidentiality that will take you on a journey of unexpected twists.

I thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to finish. The Producer John Paul Rice and Director Edgar Bravo created a top-notch film in every aspect! The actors were brilliant!

I’ll have to give this one a 10 in 2010!

-3rd Dog
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ONE HOUR FANTASY GIRL (2009)
http://www.onehourfantasygirlmovie.com
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