Sunday, June 11, 2006

stability

One interesting and useful concept is stability.

What is it? It is measurement of change of conditions. The conditions can be of various kinds, psychological, societal (economical, cultural etc), relational (a stable/unstable relationship).

A few comments on psychological stability (that's always an interesting topic, no?)

What is psychological stability? I have no formal definition, but a stable person is someone who in some ways doesn't change too much or fast. Obviously I'm not talking about someone who is stagnated. It is possible to develop oneself while at the same time being stable. Someone with a firm character is stable, but that person might very well keep learning stuff and develop in various ways, though it's likely that the basic philosophy remains the same.

How is stability achieved? I think one precondition is having that stable philosophy. Is that enough? No, it is necessary but not sufficient. I'd also add specifically that it needs to be integrated deeply. And I think the need for integration goes deeper than that, not only needs the philosophy be deeply integrated, but all ideas and values. I think that's the basic psycho-epistemological principle that brings stability, being integrated.

Being disintegrated means (among other things) having lots a disconnected ideas (possibly islands of ideas - that is, ideas that are locally but not globally integrated). Not integrating ideas inevitably means holding contradictory ideas. It is almost like these people are different persons depending on which of these disconnected ideas that are operating at any given moment. Or it could be like the so called "seekers". Those who may seem stable and certain when they currently are into some new thing, but then suddenly they abandon it in favor of something else... they never really believed that earlier stuff, it just seemed that way (even to them).

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