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