Defending One’s Self

DEFENDING SELF

EACH PERSON WANTS HIS OR HER WORTHINESS VALUED

IF IT IS NOT VALUED, THEN THE PERSON FEELS SHAME

WHEN A PERSON FEELS SHAME, THAT PERSON DEFENDS SELF

BY EMPLOYING A SAFEGUARDING ROLE AND A DISTRACTING RITUAL AND, IF LABELED MAD, THEN A DISARMING CONFESSION

1) Safeguarding Role

2) Distracting Ritual

3) Disarming Confession

SAFEGUARDING ROLES ARE ENACTED

DISTRACTING RITUALS ARE ENTRANCED

DISARMING CONFESSIONS ARE CONCEDED

ROLE ENACTING

TO ENACT A ROLE ONE PUTS ON A SHOW. ONE ACTS-AS-IF ONE IS NOT ONESELF, BUT SOMEONE ELSE, PRETENDING TO BE OTHER THAN ONESELF. ONE IS AN ACTOR, ON-STAGE, A SPECTACLE, SEEN AS AN IMAGINARY BEING, A SUBJECT OF INTEREST RATHER THAN AN OBJECT OF CONCERN. UNREAL, PUZZLING, MYSTERIOUS.

PRETENDING, ONE IS RELIEVED OF RESPONSIBILITY

RITUAL ENTRANCING

TO DEPLOY A DISTRACTING RITUAL ONE ENTERS A TRANCE STATE OF CONSCIOUNESS, AND REMAINS ENTRANCED UNTIL THE RITUAL IS COMPLETED. IF THE RITUAL IS INTERUPTED IN MID-COURSE, THE RITUAL IS STARTED OVER AT ITS BEGINNING, AS IF IT WERE NOT BEING OBSERVED. NOTE THAT THE ENTRANCED PERSON IS NOT PLAYING A ROLE AND IS NOT CONCEDING A CONFESSION, BUT, LIKE A MARIONETTE, IS MOTIONING IN OBEDIENCE TO ALIEN STRINGS.

ENTRANCED, ONE AVOIDS ABANDONMENT

CONFESSION CONCEDING

TO CONCEDE A DISARMING CONFESSION ONE SURRENDERS TO AUTHORITY. IN SO DOING ONE ADMITS THAT ONE IS PLAGUED BY WHATEVER SICKNESS AUTHORITY NAMES. ONE IS HELPLESS IN THE GRIP OF AN IMPLACABLE ILLNESS. ONE IS THE VICTIM OF A STRANGE DISEASE. THEREFORE NOTHING CAN BE EXPECTED OF ONE HENCEFORTH.

HELPLESS, ONE ESCAPES FREEDOM

RELIEF FROM RESPONSIBILITY, AVOIDANCE OF ABANDONMENT, AND ESCAPE FROM FREEDOM─THESE ARE THE HIDDEN GAINS OF SAFEGUARDING ROLES, DISTRACTING RITUALS, AND DISARMING CONFESSIONS.

FOR HIDDEN GAINS, DEFENSE IS UNDERTAKEN

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About Keirsey

Dr. David Mark Keirsey is a scientist that is interested in how and why the world works. The first half of his professional career was as a Computer Scientist, specializing in Artificial Intelligence. Notably, he was part of a team who created the software for the first operation of an autonomous cross-country robotic vehicle. In the current latter part of his career, he has broaden his interest to include all of science, mathematics, computation, and the history and future of the world. His plan is to write at least three books, two of which are tentatively called Mathematics Itself and Existence Itself. The third is a book on Leadership. Currently he is part of a web-based company, Keirsey.com to develop interactive team and human personality tools based on his father's best-selling work on human temperament. He is a Architect Rational in temperament.
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