Based on Your Data – Here is YOUR Personal Profile

I have done a personal analysis of you and here is what I discovered:

You have a need for other people to like and admire you, and yet you tend to be critical of yourself. While you have some personality weaknesses, you are generally able to compensate for them. You have considerable unused capacity that you have not turned to your advantage. Disciplined and self-controlled on the outside, you tend to be worried and insecure on the inside. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied  when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You also pride yourself on being an independent thinker and do not accept others’ statements without satisfactory proof. But you have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. At times you are extroverted, affable, and sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary and reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be rather unrealistic.

Was that an accurate analysis? Did it describe you?

According to David McRaney, in his book, “You are not so smart: Why you have too many friends on Facebook, why your memory is mostly fiction, and 46 other ways you’re deluding yourself“, it describes everyone. He explains that the above statements come from a 1948 experiment by Bertram R.  Forer. In this experiment he told the students that they had been individually assessed and then gave everyone the same analysis. The students rated the analysis as 85% correct even though the above analysis was just a collection of statements Forer pulled from  horoscopes (Forer, 1949).

These findings support the idea that we are more similar than we are different. We are all almost genetically identical. It also suggests our efforts would be best used discovering the values we share with others and how we can work together on achieving those values, rather than finding reasons why and how we are different. These findings also make me wonder, as seen on quotes in Pinterest, Who are you really? In the essay below, Madison Kuhn offers some thoughts…

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To me this says, with effort, we can become what we choose to work at becoming. These efforts also will help us forge a personally meaningful existence (see Meaningless Post). Will we be perfect and will that state be permanent? Perfect probably in spots, but not for long and certainly not permanent. We are always evolving into what we want to be. We must remember this is good because we are most satisfied when we feel like we are making progress toward internally generated goals that match our values. Progress is what we are after…This means as we do what helps us make progress, this is when we will be at our best. Our life then is our own personal pursuit of continuous and never ending improvement.

I define this as experiencing wellness. For me, wellness is progress – see discussion here and how it is not just the opposite of loneliness. I look forward to enjoying your company as we each get to where and who we work and desire to be. Many of these posts are stories of how to make this happen. I encourage you to explore past posts about urban gardeners and what others are doing and how their efforts benefits everyone and everything.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

I Voted Today & Every Day

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I went to the polls today to do early voting. I encourage you to do the same. Actually we vote everyday by what we choose to do and how we choose to act because “Economics is a value system masquerading as mathematics.”

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This saying is a guiding light to me because it reminds me that every time I choose to buy or do something that requires use of my resource, I am voting. These actions demonstrate to others what I value because those choices are my vote on how I use my limited resources. This choice sends the message that more of the same should be provided.

All off our choices send a vote of what we say is important. I try only choose to  spend my resources on what I want more of, not less in the world. Don’t we all want more of what makes us stronger, healthier and more resilient so we can have a better life? I try to keep this in mind with all the choices I make by think of the impact this choice has on the others and the world. Plant based foods for instance are good for me and the planet while animal agriculture has been shown to do damage to personal and planetary health.

As an example, today I voted for candidates that support sustainability and other helpful issues. I also voted for more greenways. After voting day I will continue to vote for the same  by using the Greenways and encouraging others to do the same.

I encourage you to vote today and everyday on what will generate comprehensive improvements because it creates interactions so everyone and everything benefits. The Ivoted sight video site shares a great video that makes this point. I encourage you to watch the short video and vote today and everyday in ways that help everyone and everything benefit.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker
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