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The Truth About Truth

    Truth … What is truth?

    TruthPeople create their own truth…this is called subjective truth…and is often a mix of inaccurate perceptions, partial truths, self-centred opinions, selfish illusions and even self-deceptive ideas.

    Objective truth is what exists prior to our subjective assessment of it.Scrutinize_Truth

    The dictionary defines truth as:  

    1. A fact that has been verified;
    2. Conformity to reality or actuality.

    The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, said of truth:

    ‘All truth passes through three stages…

    First, it is ridiculed … second, it is violently opposed … and third, it is accepted as self-evident.’

    A major problem of course, is that we humans are, in TheAnswerToQuestionsactuality, great distorters of reality. Truth is what we least want to deal with when we’re after a quick fix…a quick and easy way out of something…or a way to hang on to our pet ideas.

    But truth is not always simple, it can be quite complex, sometimes just as complex as lies are complicated. It pays therefore, to recognise some important facts about truth…

    There are 3 main levels of truth: 

    1. Partial Truth: What most people think it’s about…but it mostly isn’t.HiddenTruth
    2. Isolated Truth: Closer to the truth but not complete enough.
    3. Whole Truth: An interrelated complex of connected truths (lies are often crafted to mimic this structure—the crucial difference being that truth withstands scrutiny).

    It also pays to remember that you may be deceived by the absence of truth just as much as you can be by the presence of a lie. What is usually happening to people in these circumstances is one or more of the following:

    Associative – Our brains are highly associative by design—we have a large structure in the Cerebral Cortex called the Association Cortex, AssociationCortexwhich makes all higher learning possible. The only problem with this is that we tend to associate things subjectively rather than objectively—leading to errors in judgement.  

    Assumptive – Jumping to simplistic conclusions based more on what we think we should see, rather than what is actually there.JumpBrain Many relationships for example, are based more on mutual assumption than they are on mutual awareness. Divorce is often the final outcome for these kinds of relationships.

    Attributive – Between the ages of 3 and 5, our brains develop the ability to attribute thought to others…whereby we are now able to ascribe thoughts, feelings and actions to other people. BrainQuestionThe main problem with this is that they are our thoughts, feelings and actions that are being ascribed—how we would think or feel…or how we would or wouldn’t act. Needless to say, you would become a much cleverer person if you could attribute the correct thoughts and feelings to another person, ones that actually match their temperament pattern, rather than yours.

    Truth_Whos_TruthSelf-awareness training leads to the discovery of your particular pattern of sentiment, which arises from your particular in-born temperamental disposition. It also leads to other-awareness, whereby you are finally able to ascribe the correct thoughts, feelings and actions to others—because you now know about their temperamental disposition, which gives rise to their pattern of sentiment. In this sense, it could be said that there are always three sides to a story — yours theirs … and the TRUTH. You can discover objective truth today…but only if you want it more than the associative, assumptive and attributive reality that most people just can’t see through. WARNING! If you come and see me…I’ll change how you see things—and if I change how you see things…you’ll start doing things differently.  So don’t come and see me if you don’t want change!




      A problem shared .... is a problem halved ... and a problem shared with the right person ... is a problem solved!

      Steven Bailey-Brown

      Human Dynamics Facilitator

      45 Ventnor Avenue, West Perth, WA 6005
      Mobile: 0403 969 527