Sunday Seminar 20 March 2005

“How to apply GS in your Everyday life.  Part II”

Methods, exercises and practice, on how to apply relevant GS formulations,

to your every day life problems and situations.

Presenter: David Hewson


1)         Warm up (Context for learning)

a)         Overview of the day and give short talk about a problem definition –

i)          Where we are. (Unsane behaviour) 

ii)         Where we want to be. (Sane behaviour.) 

iii)         Barriers that are stopping us from changing.


b)         People write up “two affirmations for someone” exercise.  i.e. on strips of paper provide your feedback, cover it up by folding it over and pass it on.  The results will be read back later - after the Group Problem Solving Exercise.


      Barriers to Action. 

    Start with a structure and context & GS formulations exercises,

eg: the order of object, event, fact, evaluation and inference levels.


b)      Now apply the structuring and context method to “Thought Control of Action: Interfering Self-Doubts” paper. 

Reading and discussion of  the papers, structuring the formulations.


c)      Discuss the results.



3)         *** Lunch ***


Another wonderful lunch catered by Gavan.



4)         Discussion on abstraction and generalising. (Start of review method exercise.)

a)      Discussion:

The Structural Differential and generalising.



b)      Discuss over generalising.

i)          Example from Psychology book about children’s ideas on cats/dogs.

ii)         Ask for other examples from group.

iii)         Talk about behaviour-person over-generalisation.  Quote from ETC 62-1 P 5


c)      Extensional example of over generalising in the group. 


d)      Do exercise on over generalising. (i.e. Evaluate after many cases.)


e)      Lessons learnt applied to a students personal experience form a previous seminar.


f)  Do the GS exercises that include structuring and other GS formulations like –

i)          Fact-inference (“I turn around and the whole world revolves around me”) and

ii)         Projection (“a rose is red” , “I’m worthwhile if I have skills.”) 

iii)         GS definition method.  i.e. Use Extension and not Intension.  Apply to Consciousness.



5)         Group works on sample problems


We use the Modified Milton method.  First they say what the GS principle(s) they want to use and then they show how they can relate to the problem to provide a solution.



6)      Conclusion


a)      Summarise what methods have been used:

i)          Revision/repetition for Laurie and us. 

ii)         And the structuring/context method.


b)      Positive feedback time.

Distribution of the question slips which were completed at start of the session.



7)      Some Post-Seminar Thoughts from the Presenter …


a)         AK (S&S p 406) on the natural order of abstracting

"When we introduce the ordinal language, we should notice that under known conditions we deal with an ordered natural series; namely, events first, object next; object first, label next; description first, inferences next, etc."

(Also see diagram on p 445)  Note that AK doesn't mention evaluation in the list order.  


b)         Communication

Here's some homework:  what's the difference between identification and projection.


c)         The paper on worry.

I congratulate the group on its ability to cope with the long academic paper.  I hope you came away with some formulations from it that you may want to apply to your lives.  The aim was to present you with the info.  What you do with it is your decision.  Also I wanted to do an exercise on structuring information.





(Updated 29/3/05)


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