Displacement of Sanity

Why some people can withstand higher pressure than others?

In a certain period, one may counter sets of challenges. Some people face it easily, while others are overwhelmed and struggling with it. The challenges faced may encompass multidimensional aspects, where the challenges can be solved when one has the bravery and persistence to confront them.

When one goes to a wet market, one may find the action of ox-slaughtering, performed daily by the butcher, disturbing. For an ordinary person, it may change the perception of an omnivoric diet. For a butcher, it’s considered a norm. At this point, can we consider the butcher as inhumane?

Massacre, a more extreme example, involves two parties with a distinct strength. The dominating party arbitrarily exercises the power to kill the weaker one. From a humanitarian aspect, it is deemed ruthless. However, the sad truth, is massacres happen occasionally in human history.

The ruthless action is doubted can be done naturally without any initiation from the leader. The emotional manipulation can be done through training, enforcement, propaganda, or constant torture, where one will slowly shift the mindset, to a moment where the sanity is eroded.

The mindset shift can be harnessed for practical purposes. A military trains its soldier to be unconditional obedience to the order. Security is trained to be disagreeable to ensure the security of a premise. The ruthless aspect is necessary to ensure the proper operation in society.

The displacement of sanity can be implemented to improve one’s daily life. The training or action that is considered overloaded can help one to be more resilient. The reward after going through the challenge may make one feel more confident. However, a greater purpose or goal is necessary or else it will be pure torture.

What is the daunting event that you never believe could be overcome?

The Imprecise Valuation

Why are people unable to valuate random goods accurately?

When one goes to a supermarket to purchase daily goods, one can gauge the price accurately. The frequent visit to the store trains one to be sensitive to the pricing. The ability could be helpful, especially since the store intentionally marks up the commodity price.

Unluckily, it doesn’t happen in every single store. The pricing won’t become precise when one is unfamiliar with the items. It occurs when one goes to a computer store or furniture store. A person needs an additional understanding of technical or artistic sense to evaluate the products accurately.

An understanding of the product does not necessarily make one price an item correctly. When the general market lacks specific knowledge of a product, the pricing will significantly differ from the supplier costs of goods and based on the impression given.

Therefore, familiarity and the beauty of a product play a pivotal role in stigmatizing people to purchase an item that is much expensive than it should be. It is not necessary due to the quality of the products. as human plays a role as both rational and irrational creature,

Moreover, the lack of information also contributes significantly alter the verdict. A comparison is helpful to know the price range. Yet, one still need to have specific knowledge of the products to have an accurate valuation.

Ultimately, one may have a poor ability to price an unfamiliar item. To alleviate the inability, getting specific knowledge, comparison, and removal of bias can be an approach to value goods properly. With these actions, one could prevent unnecessary spending.

What is your approach for pricing a good?

Freedom and Rules

How do freedom and rules play a part to sustain and organizing oneself?

Freedom, a privilege to choose the option without the limitation from external forces, has been promoted to improve human rights. When one is free, one has the luxury to do whatever one wants. Freedom will usually lead to a positive emotion that leads to short-term happiness.

When one has a short vacation, it is freedom. When one can control oneself, it is also freedom. The definition of freedom differs from one another, tailor-made and generally correlated with life satisfaction.

Freedom, pursued by most people, may bring hidden risks long run on a micro-scale or macro-scale. Splurging cash in year-end sales or just having fun and avoiding responsibility, these examples illustrate when one cannot control the freedom given. In these cases, the action done can be deemed unsustainable.

When freedom is not harnessed, it will be slowly taken out involuntarily. Rules are necessary to be there to preserve the available choice. Regulations can be self-imposed for one not to astray and regulate self-control. On a large scale, due to people’s tendency to have a personal interest, the rule can be formalized to have order and collective group interest.

Indolence within oneself will make one lean towards freedom, where both terms closely correlate with one another. However, there is also a downside of rules and regulations. Over formulated rules will reduce one’s flexibility and will result in counter-productive.

Therefore, a balance of freedom and rules are necessary to keep things orderly, sustainable, productive, and fulfilling. Freedom is the one that people aim to be progressive and innovative. On the other hand, rules prevent misuse of freedom and limits complacency.

“A balance of freedom and rules is essential to keep one in order and sustainable.”

What action can one do to maintain the autonomous and compliance within oneself?

Inheritance and Identity

Are we able to freely choose our own identity?


From the moment that one is born, destiny has been somehow determined. From the family to the society, it significantly shapes the worldview and common sense. Although some outliers grow to be distinct from the crowd, most tend to conform to the local culture.

The impact brought to the person does not limit the environment that shapes one’s personality. It could also inherit social status, religion, and life goals. A person born in a faithful Christian family will be more likely to be a Christian. The same phenomenon also happens to well-off people, that the offspring will remain rich if being nurtured accordingly.

However, people sensitivity to something not conforming will lead to discrimination and exclusivity. People tend to cooperate with people with higher uniformity. The exclusivity works to preserve the best interest of the group.

The inheritance of identity causes the forming of culture. Collectively, it could form a prejudice towards a group. The pre-information would help a person to guess another people behavior and action that a person to do. However, the status of a person should not be the basis of treatment.

One should not use his background to discriminate against other people. On the other hand, one should highlight and embrace the difference. Eventually, it integrates other people view into our view to be more open-minded and adaptable.

Ultimately, one cannot choose to be born in what kind of family. The inheritance of the view from progenitor and environment make one understands right or wrong subjectively. Therefore, the omittance of prejudice is necessary. Conversely, one needs to highlight the fundamental difference during socialization with other people.

“The inheritance of identity should not be the reason people are treated unjustly.”

What kind of identity do you have? What prejudice that you receive from other people?

A Senseless Hoarding

Will you get rid of the items that have been kept for a long time?

People get excitement in various ways. One of them is to own new stuff. Purchasing new shoes, a new laptop, or even a new car will boost mood temporarily. Humans tend to appreciate the new things, as new items will be indicated as a sign of beauty.

A new item often comes along with inactive usage of the previous one. The disposal is mainly affected by the item properties. An old shirt and phone will likely be stored in a cupboard or drawer, while an old car is most probably sold.

Moreover, as humans are emotional creatures, one may not dispose of an item because of the feeling of belonging. Supported by the guilt of wasting, prevent one to dispose of the spoiled item. It usually happens to someone that is not materialistically stable in a certain period.

The tendency and the sense of belonging will eventually result in the hoarding of unutilized items. The items will eventually fill up the whole space if no action is taken. Hoarding could be associated with one’s laziness and ignorant attitude.

Disposal is necessary to make the space look better that may eventually freshen our minds. However, it doesn’t mean getting rid of every single thing that is not used. Some items remind us of a meaningful experience that is irreplaceable, such as photos. The memory should not be correlated with the period that one uses the item, such as phones.

The feeling of wasting money and items is not the same as senseless hoarding. By sorting and disposing of items wisely, it is not only clearing out the room to make the space look better. Instead, it is the way of liberation from meaningless ownership.

What items that you have not used for a long time but refuse to throw away?

Holistic Picture or Detail Approach?

Do you have a tendency to see a holistic picture or drawn to see a specific detail?

Everyone has a different style of perceiving how things work. Some will think the bigger picture of what’s happening microscopically. Another is going to investigate the microscopic detail. The two mindsets can be applied differently in different circumstances.

However, people will tend to think in one way than another. It will result in certain people will give a similar pattern of input and comment, i.e. working and speaking style. Among people, there will be opinions that often contradict one another. However, there is a better opinion within the discussion, often due to the correct approach taken.

A person who understands the bigger picture will be suitable for managing a team to see the issue holistically. To be good at it, one needs to get exposure to various components to know what’s going on. A mind mapping skill is usually required for one to see a bigger picture.

On the other hand, some people are more capable of a spontaneous incident where the solution can be decided on the circumstances. These types of people focus on the present issue that often suggests a practical solution for the moment.

People who have a propensity towards the big picture will think more intuitively than people who think practical. However, over-rely on intuition will be struggling for a fast pace environment and disturbance. Intuition will even obstruct one’s way to action.

Conversely, solving the problem practically without considering the bigger picture may create a conflict of interest that eventually harm the stakeholders. Therefore, one needs to shift the thinking behaviour through action that will steadily train the mindset to consider both directions. By considering both sides, one will be better at solving a wide range of problems,

What action will you do to make yourself have both thinking mindsets?

A Figure to Follow

By following a figure, does it reflect what kind of value one has?

In this world, there are countless successful people in their fields. In their areas, a figure inevitably has some followers or admirers. There are thousands and millions of fans that freak out and are meticulously lookout for the actions and behaviours of their idol.

Other than idols, some figures demonstrate outstanding abilities in their fields. The demeanour they figure express emanates the quality that the admirers desire. By exhibiting this quality, it piques people’s inner desire to be the person they follow.

The figure available in society is not always the one that has the positive quality for the others. As there is no definite right or wrong on a person’s value, the figures in society exert their influences in different ways. With influence capability, a person may get more approval than others.

By representing the value of a group, a leader who is subjectively having a distorted view may be followed by a mass. By showing resonance to the public, he is depicted as a hero to deliver mass aspiration.

A villain could be admired through his charisma and fighting the existing system and structure. For instance, Robin Hood, despite stealing from the rich, the poor have supported him due to his ability to fight the structured social system.

A figure’s personality and capability may be admired and influencing. It could affect one’s actions and behaviour. Therefore, it could bring an impact on their followers. View from another perspective, a person’s value can be seen from what the person follows. Therefore, to be ideal, it is substantial to choose the correct figure to follow.

What kind of figure that you wish to follow?

Intention: A Interpretation of Emotion

How to pick up an intention through understanding emotion?

Every day we will encounter a range of emotions that indicates the mood of a person. One expresses emotion distinctively based on the situation, circumstances, and person. Based on the mentioned factors, emotion can be concealed, exaggerated, or expressed freely.

It is common if a kid is crying when getting a bad grade. When one is growing up, one could better control the emotion to fit in the social norm. An adult who expresses emotion bluntly to others will deem as impulsive behaviour.

The emotion can be controlled and developed through the experience. It is common to see a grandpa is wiser due to the experiences that shape his view. The self-awareness that one possesses is often polishing traits into an ideal.

When humans are getting information externally, the precursor will catalyze specific reactions. For example, when a person is informed that his house is on fire, the immediate response is either being anxious or shocked. After one is trained emotionally, the reaction could alter in a better way.

The alteration will conceal intention by not directly showing the authentic feeling to another, believe that others will misjudge. However, there is still some cues to detect people wants.

A track record of the previous action can be harnessed as a good gauge of intention. When the emotion expressed differs from the past action, there is a discrepancy in the impression. When the disconformity appears frequently, one could understand the response shown is not always what it is.

Moreover, some emotions could be interpreted to certain emotions in certain circumstances. For instance, a person that praises abnormally can be seen as a sign of hostility or expressing materialistic behaviour.

It could take a long time to master emotion control and emotion reading. People act accordingly to one another that the mask only can be seen through the aftermath. However, by scrutinizing the emotion, one could see the indication and understand people more deeply. By understanding the intention, one could protect oneself and adapt oneself to socialize.

“An apparent emotion can be interpreted to a hidden intention through scrutinization.”

How is your way to understand other people intentions?

Maturity and Responsibility

How does being maturely related to responsibility?

Growing up seems like an inevitable process that everyone must go through. A child may aspire to be an ideal figure after grown-up, primarily to be impactful in society. During the childhood and adolescent period, one is likely to be full of imagination and potential.

After slowly understand how the world works, imagination and potential will gradually substitute into reality. With the exposure from the environment, the alignment shapes the equilibrium between fantasy and reality.

When one is young, one can be carefree and impulsive. Avoid schoolwork while hanging out until late at night often come with little to no consequences. Moreover, one could be assessed as attractive by fighting the system and being rebellious.

The sudden increase of responsibility getting obvious when one has started dedicating oneself to a career. When one ignores being responsible, one may face consequences that may be detrimental. It prohibits one acts recklessly and complying with a social norm.

When one just graduated from school, one may still enjoy life by hanging out and live in the present. However, when one has reached middle-aged, the need to have some result in some aspect such as family, financial, career, etc.

With the growth of life quality, people need to work lesser to gain the same output. With a protected environment, one may get older with no willingness to take responsibility. Long term speaking, the effect could be dangerous to a person by increasing the dependency on other people.

To have a steady mindset, one needs to have a willingness to bear life responsibility. By not avoiding responsibility, one could transform the predicament into a memorable memory. It could also let one become a mature person with great inner strength.

“The courage of facing responsibility is a clear sign of a person’s maturity.”

How do you assess the maturity of a person?

Detailing and Productivity

How does detail will make things getting productive? Is it always like that?

The advancement of life quality can be accounted from the ability of the human to scrutinize and innovate. With the ability to innovate, one could solve the issue and propose a beautiful and creative solution. The innovation can be through the continual improvement of the system or through mastering particular skills.

By paying attention to the minuscule, one could understand what the root cause is. However, there are several pre-requisite to identifying the cause. First, one needs to be exposed to be gain the understanding to a certain level. Second, one needs to focus on the big picture and act in the interest of all stakeholders.

A group of untrained laymen theoretically would not contribute a significant input to solve a scientific or engineering problem. By giving them too many details, the group will confuse and eventually does not bring any progress.

People desire on understanding the details may not always lead to a solution. It occurs when the party getting information yet is unable to change the outcome. To some extent, it could waste a significant amount of time just only because of the desire for detail. Some activities such as meeting, making an additional report, and redundant protocol could prevent the progress.

In the workplace, these detail will lead to micromanagement and unrequited effort. Initially, the initial intention is to make things getting smoother. However, it may lead to a delay of work and an increase in group stress.

Detail may help one to understand what is going on. However, over-focusing may not increase productivity. Despite the fact, insight can help to solve the problem if one could harness the information effectively. On the other hand, understanding a situation without any concrete action will not keep things going.

“Detail can be useful and helping one getting more productive if harnessed effectively.”