Part 1 - Introduction to [psy-to-nomics]
Self-discovery is a complicated topic. While much has been written on this, little is available at this point on what are the processes involved and how one commences on the road to self-discovery.
There is a big potential in each one of us, but it remains latent in many of us. Becoming the person that you want to be, requires that you do the inner work and self-identification. Self-understanding also provides a sound basis for understanding other people.
Most of us have had an opportunity to undergo a variety of psychological tests to determine our personality type. Yet, most of us don't feel we ever find our path, or fully understand our true authentic potential. Self-awareness is key to being fulfilled, accomplished and a happier person.
Tests are great, Yes, we agree, but in the US alone, there are about 2,500 personality tests on the market. We all have done it, whether our manager and colleagues recommended it, or as part of our MBA program, or just as a fun exercise in the middle of the night.
Regardless of what the test is, the main question remains - what do you do with this information?
Knowledge, understanding, and execution are the key. Knowing who you are and knowing what you were born to do and understanding your talents is only half the battle. Knowing how to apply this knowledge in business and in your personal life makes you extremely powerful.
Plus, any psychological test is measuring your state of being and the side of the personality that you are experiencing at the moment you take it, and given that a human being is multidimensional it is only a slice of yourself that you are measuring.
First things first, we will start with the basic notion that humans still exhibit some of the behaviors we see in the animal kingdom. We may be humans, but we are still animals.
Some evolutionary psychologists think that the modern human brain actually has not changed much over the past 50,000 years, but the way we work has changed dramatically in the past 10-20 years.
Now, let's go over basics.
We humans live according to a basic principle of pleasure. Everything we do, we do to bring us happiness and pleasure, or if we examine this principle on its flip side, everything we do is done to diminish our suffering or stress.
Let's look at the definition of pleasure as it is stated in any dictionary "pleasure is a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment"; every action can be placed into this category.
We can sense the look of surprise and perhaps disagreement on your face, but really think about it - feeding a homeless and receiving an enormous satisfaction from being a good person, working and getting paid hence converting your work into a happiness of being able to purchase some of an enjoyments of life like fine food, a nice place to live etc.
Everything translates into pleasure, or as we said earlier into the decrease of suffering; when you are motivated to do something not to derive pleasure but to receive less pain, in a business context selling a part of your company for an influx of cash to save some of your employees and allow for the potential growth of the business, in a personal context finding a compromise in an argument with a loved one to decrease the amount of pain both inflicted and received.
Are you in agreement yet? Keep testing and keep asking yourself, you will see that everything is done to derive pleasure. A decrease in pain is an increase in pleasure.
Happiness, on the other hand, is when you overcome basic fear and reach your true path. It is when you feel a deep sense of purpose. But without passing the "principle of pleasure" test we are not able to get to happiness or purpose.
Survival at all costs
The second premise is based on the idea of Survival at All Costs. When our life is at risk we will do everything possible to survive. Depending on our personality or rather, type or dominant intellect we will come up with different actions to guarantee our survival. Humans identify themselves as "I", as a couple and as a group. Just like in the animal kingdom we survive best as a group. That being said I would like to introduce the notion of multiple intellects or poly-intellect, whereby each intellect is guaranteeing survival of a group, having a very specific archetypal function.
Any individual is a multidimensional being with multiple intellects that allow us to survive in the ever-changing environment. If we were to look back into archaic times we would most likely encounter simpler people that had a specific function in their tribe; you hunt, you gather, you weave baskets, but our world became much more complex over time and we have changed with it. We developed the ability to be responsible for more than one task, to understand and be productive in multiple areas of our lives. Today we live in a very complex world and therefore nature made us more complex to provide us with the necessary survival instruments. These survival instruments are intellects; having more than one allows us to change our state of being, reacting to our environment and guaranteeing our survival. This is why you behave differently at work and at home, with friends and with children, you engage different parts of your personality to be able to comprehend and to provide information to the party you are currently interacting with.
Our world exists in four dimensions: Time, Space, Information and Energy. Every dimension has two sides to it, In and Out. This translated into an Extraversion and Introversion if we apply it to the typology or assessment of our personality. Therefore, four dimensions with two sides turns into a cube or eight types of intellects. Today you are probably carrying 4, 5, 6 of those intellects.
There is a multitude of studies that are done on multiple intelligence and personality tests as well as well known personality tests. But most of the time these tests measure your state of being at the exact moment in time that you are being tested, which means that there is only a thin slice of your personality that you and whoever else is watching will see. What happens when your state of being changes, what happens when you no longer match the anchored type that you got? These are the questions that I've asked over a decade, administering and interpreting typology tests, personality tests and observing individuals. This is how the notion of what later became [psy-to-nomics] Method originated, to capture this multidimensionality, to catch all aspects of your personality.
Of course this didn't just come to me out of the blue, [psy-to-nomics] Method is built on a variety of proven, old and new methodologies, including but not limited to, works of Siegmund Freud (in particular his Studies of Hysteria, Beyond the Pleasure Principle, and others), Carl Jung ( his works on typologies), and later MBTI as a product built on Jungian works, Howard Gardner (Multiple Intelligence approach), Dr. Ani Kalaijian (her works on forgiveness and PTSD), Yuriy Burlan (System Vector Psychology), and other selected works including practices of Ayurvedic Medicine and its relation to our physical body. .