Hunter-gatherers with smartphones

The marshmallow experiment is a classic psychological research.

It shows how the ability (after a certain age) to tolerate frustration for a better purpose is one of the main variables to understand who will be a more resilient, happy, aware, fulfilled adult.

In your opinion, what is the current average level in your community about: to tolerate frustration for a better purpose, to discipline ourselves, to know ourselves and improve?

I don’t have precise statis data, so I could be wrong (I hope) but the impression is that there are a few that shine like never before and a large mass that is even regressing under the pressure of an increasingly complex society. In an increasingly complex and technologically powerful world, we should aim to educate new generations more on soft skills (not only in technical skills). There are different approaches to learning soft skills. To educate derives etymologically from “educere”: to help bring out the best in oneself.

There is an enormous hunger for individuation, for mental self-knowledge, for what we really aspire to. The collective risk is that too many regress to unaware “hunter-gatherers with smartphones”.

In the young generations of developed countries born after 2000, metacognition, meta-awareness is no longer a luxury for the few, but an essential necessity, which if it is not cultivated in a broad way will lead us to a collective cultural and political regression.

Excuse me for the direct style of communication, but today all the people who have the economic and cultural possibilities but waste their lives chasing superficial self and life models do a lot more damage than we think. For themself and the community.

We need investments in education and ecology, not only for the environment but also for the media. Let’s start with us.

Biases of the Homo Sapiens species

I have been proposing a three-level model of mental distress for several years. The first is the psychopathological that psychotherapies deal with. From the most common neuroses, which we all have in different ways, to the most disabling psychiatric disorders. At the other extreme we have existential discomfort. It usually becomes more evident in the second half of life. It concerns our condition as living, needy: mortality, uncertainty, pain and the question of meaning. Halfway between these two levels of mental distress are what I have long called Biases of the Homo Sapiens species. They are not reducible to the cognitive biases studied extensively in behavioral economics. They are more pervasive, structural, linked to motivational systems. One of these is the difficulty of staying in the present moment, the pervasive self-talk that sometimes becomes brooding. The field of research and application of mindfulness is one of the most targeted approaches to this type of biases that influence the quality of our individual and collective life.

Is anyone there?

I’m back!

Is anyone there still following this frozen old blog? 🙂

I’m back because I would like to try to share some thoughts, ideas, points of view with you and see if some interesting patterns emerge “connecting the dots”.

I have always had a polymath nature, a hybrid mindset as a professional and researcher, in skills and interests. Maybe some of you will remember my old “Manifesto Ibridi“, now retired but today super alive as a topic.

There may be a great diversity of topics I will write about, but there will be some recurring interests. For example, the positive individuation and evolution of ourselves and also the analysis of the “anthropological leap” that we are facing as a species.

Stay tuned.

Let’s try again a little bit to flow with the complexity. 😉