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Awakening Gaia's Beauty ~ Suzanne Lie.

Awakening Gaia's Beauty.

Through Suzanne Lie.

May 15th, 2019. 

 
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Once upon a time in a far away land, Mother Earth and Father Sky lived happily with all the inhabitants of their joint Kingdom. Their joy could only be enhanced by the birth of their beloved daughter. 
 
At her birthing and naming celebration, the Fairy Godmothers of Wisdom, Power, and Love, came to bless the babe. Each Godmother gave the infant a special gift. 
 
Fairy Godmother Wisdom gave Beauty the gift of thoughts that were free of Self Doubt. However, just before Fairy Godmother Love was to bestow her gift onto Beauty, a dark cloud crossed over the Sun and the glorious banquet room became filled with darkness.
 
Then, from the very core of the gloom, the forgotten Fairy Godmother, Fear,arose It was, of course, easy to forget Fear, because no one enjoyed her company.
 
"Good Day," crackled the harsh voice of Fear. 
 
"I see that an invitation did not arrive at my abode. I, however, have eyes and ears throughout your Kingdom. Thus I learned of this grand celebration. Knowing that you would not purposely exclude me, I have come to give MY gift to the Princess Beauty.”
 
Everyone in the palace was silenced by terror…
 
The Queen rushed to the infant's crib but found that she could not come closer than a few feet from the sleeping Babe. Fear laughed a wicked laugh.
 
"Does my presence hinder your ability to protect your child?"
 
Suddenly, the Queen discovered that she was mute. Everyone, even the three other Fairy Godmothers, was frozen in position. It was as if TIME had stopped. Only, the Fairy Godmother, Fear, could move! And - she was quickly advancing towards the infant's crib. The mute Queen gasped in terror.
 
"Do not worry, Dear Queen, I shall not harm your daughter!
 
“I only wish to give her my gift," smirked Fairy Godmother  FEAR.
 
"My dear Beauty," cooed the wicked Godmother, "enjoy your youth, for, on your sixteenth birthday, you shall prick your finger on a spinning wheel and DIE!"
 
Fairy Godmother Fear cackled her evil laugh, as she spun herself into a vortex of darkness, and disappeared from the great hall. As the light came back into the room, everyone awoke from their stupor of terror. 
 
The Queen rushed to the now crying infant and held her close to her bosom. "No, No, NO" sobbed the Queen. "How can my Beauty die?"
 
"Wait," spoke Fairy Godmother LOVE.
 
"I have not, yet, given the Princess MY gift!  Perhaps I can ease Fear's terrible curse."
 
The grateful Queen, placed the infant back in her crib to receive Love's blessing. As the Fairy Godmother Love approached the crib, the infant instantly ceased her crying and starred into the light of Fairy Godmother’s Love's eyes.
 
"My dear one," spoke the Fairy Godmother Truth. “I cannot change Fear’s entire curse on you, but I can lessen its severity. When you prick your finger, you shall NOT die. Instead, dear Beauty, you will fall into a deep sleep to be awakened only by the “Kiss of TRUTH.”
 
Of course, every spinning wheel in the land was burned to prevent Fear's evil prediction. However, on the exact day of her sixteenth birthday, Beauty followed her "instincts" to climb up a long narrow stairway without a single "doubt" in her mind and pricked her finger on the awaiting needle. 
 
Beauty's last thought as she fell off into a deep sleep was of how much she had loved her life and how much she would miss it. The sorrow that Fear's prediction came true was more than the kingdom could bear, and the three Fairy Godmothers mercifully put the entire kingdom into a deep sleep until Truth's arrival. 
 
The story of Mother Earth, Father Sky, and their daughter Beauty quickly spread to the surrounding lands. Following the tale was Fear. The story had, of course, been amplified in the telling. Beauty, along with her entire kingdom, was now believed to be dead. The Fairy Godmother Fear had made sure that this alteration in the tale had taken place. 
 
All who heard this tale ran into their homes and barred their doors against the evil darkness of Fear. All, that is, except one. He was a prince from a distant land, and his name was Truth. 
 
"I do not believe that Beauty is dead," he said. "I believe that Beauty is just asleep, and I shall be the one to awaken her!"
 
Prince Truth had no idea how he could even find the princess, much less awaken her. However, he knew that he was Powerful and had the inherent Wisdom to seize whatever opportunity came his way. 
 
Therefore, he decided that he would make the journey to that distant land of Mother Earth and Father Sky. Along the way, he told everyone how he would rescue Beauty. Gradually, the Prince's great confidence began to ease the hearts of the many that were afraid. These people chose to follow Truth to assist him in his rescue of Beauty.
 
However, even though many followed Truth to the Castle, few could enter the fearful brambles that now engulfed the entire Castle. In fact, for the final few feet through the brambles, Prince Truth was alone. 
 
Worse yet, as Prince Truth cleared the bramble bushes, Fairy Godmother Fear awaited him to fill his mind with images of all that had ever frightened him. For a moment Truth faltered in the face of his own fear. 
 
But then, he remembered that Beauty needed him to rescue her, and he knew and he knew that could NOT allow ANY harm to happen to his Beloved Beauty, High Priestess of the world that he had always cherished.  It was then that the Prince realized that he was not just rescuing one person, as this person held the gifts of Wisdom, Power, and Love. 
 
With the Wisdom of this realization, the Prince gained the Power to banish all Fear from the land forever—he hoped. Now nothing lay between Prince Truth and Princes Beauty. The Prince rushed to her bedside, pulled her into his arms, and gave Beauty his Kiss of Love
 
I would like to say that Beauty instantly responded to Truth's love, and she rode off with him on his white horse. However, this was not the case. The Princess, as well as her entire kingdom, had been asleep for a very long time. Therefore, when Beauty first awoke, she did not think of Truth's kiss.
 
Her first thought upon awakening was how she had followed her "instincts" into the tower without a shred of "doubt" and touched the very needle that she had been warned against her entire life. 
 
Beauty's instincts told her that Truth loved her, but she had learned to doubt herself. If she could not trust herself, how could she trust the Prince? After all, she had forced the entire kingdom to suffer a long sleep. How could SHE deserve the love of Truth? 
 
"He must want something from me," she mused out loud.
 
"I want nothing, dear Beauty.” The Prince proclaimed. “My love for you is unconditional!" 
 
"Then," the Princess queried, "will you love me if I don't go with you?" 
Will you love me when I am old and not so beautiful?" 
And will you love me even if I love another?"
 
Now, these questions were very difficult for Prince Truth, and he found that he could not find an instant reply.
 
"You see," continued Beauty, "This sleep and the brambles that you say you have parted for me, have offered me protection for many years. Why should I release this protection just because you, a total stranger, have asked me to? I cannot trust my instincts for they have led me astray before."
 
 
"Dear Beauty,” pleaded the Prince, “I understand what you say. But I have traveled far to offer you, my Love." 
 
"How can I accept your Love when everyone around me sleeps?” replied the Princess. “How can I abandon all that I have known just because you say there is something better?"
 
The Prince now understood Beauty's plight. 
 
"Come dear Beauty," spoke Prince Truth, "You and I shall awaken your entire kingdom together. Let us begin with the King and Queen."
 
"Hmm," thought Beauty, "Perhaps Truth's love is Unconditional." 
 
However, before she could be sure, the Princess would need to heal her own self-doubt, so that she could again trust her instincts. After all, everyone had seemed to love her for her entire life, but no one was able to protect her from the curse of Fear.
 
Truth and Beauty then went throughout the castle awaking everyone from the slumber that had protected them from the pain of Fear's curse. Many awoke with the same misgivings as the Princess had, and it was many years before the entire kingdom was free from Fear's curse.
 
By then, Truth and Beauty had learned to unconditionally trust and love each other. Beauty had to learn through experience that Truth's love was Unconditional, and Truth had learned that Beauty was not someone to seek and rescue, but someone to listen to and protect.
 
You see, Beauty could not find her own Wisdom, Power, and Love until she had personally confronted her OWN fears. Truth could awaken her, but she could only accept his love when she could love herself.
 
The moral is, the sleeping SELF within you may not want to be rescued, at least not at first. Until you are willing to enter the kingdom of your inner child and awaken each subject from its long, fearful sleep, your child may not be able to accept your "Unconditional Love."
 
In other words, if you want your inner child to trust you, YOU must earn it.
 
(AND, if you want your planet to be beautiful, you must LOVE it and CARE for it!)
 

Suzanne Lie
 

 
 
 



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publicado por achama às 08:23
Terça-feira, 16 / 04 / 19

What Is the Halo Effect and 5 Ways It Distorts Your Perception of Others ~ Caroline Hindle

What Is the Halo Effect and 5 Ways It Distorts Your Perception of Others.

By Caroline Hindle.

learning-mind.com

April 15, 2019. 

 


 

Have you ever thought you could tell what a person was like just from a superficial impression of them? You might have been under the influence of the halo effect.
This term refers to a tendency of people to make global evaluations of people they don’t know based on specific perceived characteristics.

There are several ways in which the halo effect can distort our perception of others:

  1. Physical attractiveness throws us off

The most obvious way the halo effect can influence our perceptions of others is that it can make us think that people who are physically attractive will also have attractive personalities. We tend to perceive them to be generally more successful or capable in their lives.
This psychological effect was first noted by Thorndike (1920) who conducted a study entitled “A Constant Error in Psychological Ratings” on servicemen. In this study, he asked commanding officers to rate soldiers that they didn’t know on intelligence, physique, leadership and character.
The results of the study showed that the officers tended to make assumptions about soldiers based on unrelated characteristics. Specifically, if they rated officers as tall or attractive, they tended to rate them as intelligent or more capable soldiers!
Thorndike also noted that colleagues saw similar effects in other institutions. He mentions that superiors were rating teachers in a school in the very same way. At the same time, these ratings were affecting promotions and salaries for the teachers in question.
  1. First impressions count

Another way the halo effect can influence us is that we tend to stereotype people based on a first impression of them. Solomon Asch conducted a study in 1946 in which he gave participants a list of adjectives about people. He ordered the adjectives either from positive to negative or from negative to positive, depending on the group the participants belonged to:
Group 1
  • Intelligent, industrious, impulsive, critical, stubborn, envious
Group 2
  • Envious, stubborn, critical, impulsive, industrious, intelligent
He found that when the first adjectives in the list were positive, the participants tended to rate the person positively. Similarly, if the first adjectives in the list were negative, the reverse would be true. This is an effect that is related to the halo effect called ‘the primacy effect’.
The primacy effect seems to occur as a result of our paying more attention to the information we get first. As a result, we tend to allow the information we get first to colour our perceptions of the information that we get later.
  1. People’s impressions can be easily manipulated

As more studies on the halo effect were conducted, it became clear that this phenomenon was not as clear-cut as it might at first seem. It would be easy, for example, to assume that this psychological effect is as simple as ‘physical attractiveness makes us think people have positive characteristics’.
Well, no, it is more complicated than that: the way we rate physical attractiveness can be manipulated by other factors as well.
Nisbett and Wilson (1977) did a study with students where teachers presented themselves as warm or cold and gave presentations. Students were then asked to rate them in both their warm and cold guises. When the teachers were in their warm guise, the students rated them higher on physical attractiveness and other positive characteristics.
On the other hand, when they were acting coldly the students rated them negatively on physical attractiveness and a whole host of perceived traits.
Moreover, this study also found that the students making these ratings were completely unaware of how this manipulation of one characteristic was influencing their blanket evaluation of completely unrelated characteristics!
  1. Marketing departments and politicians use the halo effect to their advantage

Two groups of people who are very interested in the halo effect are politicians and marketing departments. Since whether you buy a product or not or whether you vote for a politician or not can be so easily manipulated on so little information, it is easy to see why.
It is also pretty scary to think that people who are looking to profit from either your vote or how you spend your money can so easily sway your opinions. As we have already seen from the studies that psychologists have conducted on the halo effect, your global evaluation of a person can be influenced by physical attractiveness, an appearance or warmth, and even the order in which things are presented to you.
This makes the job of an advertiser or a politician very simple. This is why politicians, for example, needn’t talk about issues at all! All they need to do is appear well-dressed and friendly. You are more likely to make a decision based on how they appear than what they are saying. And they know it very well!
  1. The halo effect impacts your whole life

We have seen that the halo effect makes you a terrible decision-maker in terms of who you choose to run the country or who you choose to listen to as your teacher or doctor. Apart from that, however, it is affecting how other people are judging you, too, on a daily basis.
People are making snap judgements about your capabilities and your whole personality based on superficial impressions of you all the time. This can have huge implications: how you dress, your speaking voice, or whether you are coming across as warm and gregarious could be affecting your likelihood of getting a promotion or the size of your salary.
Your boss or colleagues are probably making these judgements regardless of how good you are at your job. In fact, if somebody says something bad about you to someone who doesn’t know you, that could change their whole perception of you, based simply on the fact that they heard something bad about you before meeting you.
And worst of all…?  – the people forming these impressions of you have no idea that they are doing it!

It is worth keeping in mind how much the halo effect can influence us from all of these perspectives.

The bottom line is that although sometimes we can judge people correctly on very little information, we really shouldn’t overestimate how good we are at making judgements.
From the outset, the first psychologist to conduct a study on this subject, Thorndike (1920), showed that people were making false evaluations of others based on this psychological phenomenon.
Later, Solomon Asch showed us that all they need to do to manipulate our impressions of something as positive or negative is to order positive and negative traits in a certain way. Nisbett and Wilson (1977) showed us that not only can we be easily manipulated, but we have absolutely no idea it is happening.
So next time you make an evaluation of somebody, whether it be a co-worker, a potential friend, or a potential leader for your country, try to make sure that you are making a decision about them for the right reasons. Or even better, try not to make any snap judgements without having solid evidence to support your views.
Do you think you have ever been affected by the halo effect, either in forming judgements of others or as regards how others have judged you? Tell us about your experience in the comment section.
References:
  1. Britannica.com
  2. Griffin, A. M., & Langlois, J. H. (2006). Stereotype Directionality and Attractiveness Stereotyping: Is Beauty Good or is Ugly Bad?. Social cognition24(2), 187–206. doi:10.1521/soco.2006.24.2.187
  3. Nisbett, R. E., & Wilson, T. D. (1977). The halo effect: Evidence for unconscious alteration of judgments. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 35(4), 250-256 http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.35.4.250
  4. Surawski, M.K. & Ossoff, E.P. (2006). The Effects of Physical and Vocal Attractiveness on Impression Formation of Politicians. Curr Psychol 25: 15. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-006-1013-5
  5. Thorndike, E.L. (1920). A constant error in psychological ratings. Journal of Applied Psychology, 4(1), 25-29. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/h0071663

 




About the Author: Caroline Hindle

 

 

Caroline Hindle is a freelance writer, editor, and translator based in the UK. She has an MA in Ancient World Studies but has a wide spectrum of interests, including philosophy, history, science, literature, politics, morality, and popular culture.

 
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