[From Rick Marken (2010.12.02.1520)]
Kenny Kitzke (2010.12.02)--
I'll bet that everyone on CSGNet has perceived fear.ï¿½ Did you know that
anxiety/fear is, according to the Journal of Psychology, anxiety/fear
related problems has overtaken depression as the top emotional or mood
disorder suffered by Americans.
Not surprising given the direction of this country over the last 3 decades
Now, I am no psychologist.ï¿½ I do not understand what words like fear,
anxiety or depression actually mean.
You should read the "Emotion" chapter in the latest edition of B:CP.
Perhaps David could explain at what level in the HPCT hierarchy is fear
Wrong question. Fear is an emotion which, in PCT, is a function of
both error and the kind of perception that is in error (not at its
reference). So fear can occur at any level of the hierarchy.
Is fear some variable that humans can control?
To the extent that fear is a "side effect" of error, then fear can be
controlled to the extent that the perception in error can be brought
Even better, what has PCT revealed about fear that other theories ofï¿½psychology have
failed to grasp correctly?
That fear, like other emotions, is a function of an acute or chronic
inability to control.
How does PCT/HPCT contribute to a better wayï¿½for peopleï¿½to reduce their emotional
suffering or mood disorders?
It depends on why that emotional suffering (failure to control) is
happening. If it's a result of internal conflict, then PCT offers the
Method of Levels. If the suffering results from lack of skill then PCT
can recommend that the individual seek the relevant
education/training. If the suffering results from insuperable
disturbance then PCT can't help much, other than suggesting that the
person might try to remove themselves from the situation, if possible.
What hard data on successful fear reduction via PCT/HPCT do we have?
Since the increased ambient fear level in the US probably comes from
the difficult employment situation (people are fearful about being
able to control for paying their bills because they either can't get
jobs or are underpaid in the jobs they have) and since PCT would
suggest that a successful fear reduction program would be teh
existence of a generous safety net of unemployment and health
benefits, I would guess that some hard data would be provided by
comparing the fear level in the US to that in, say, Canada. My guess
is that the fear level is much lower in Canada (or any other
industrial democracy) than it is in the US.
experiments have been performed to demonstrate the effectiveness of PCT/HPCT
methods for treating fear and anxiety?
None that I know of. But I bet you could come up with some ideas now.
If the current construct of an 11 Levelï¿½hirearchy of perceptions produces
answers and results, it would certainly reduce any potential benefit of
looking for still higher levesl in human beings.ï¿½ If not, perhaps new levels
or a different hierarchal construct itselfï¿½is needed?ï¿½ Or, would that just
increase anxiety in those who are satisfied with the current structure?
As I said, fear is not something that exists at a particular level of
the control hierarchy. Fear can exist at any level, from intensity
(fear of pain) to system concepts (fear of communism). Reducing fear
(if that's important to you) has nothing to do with how many levels
one imagines the control hierarchy to consist of. It has to do with
increasing control. When people are in control, they have no fear.
Richard S. Marken PhD