I am upset because I see something that is not there.
The exercises with this idea are very similar to the preceding ones. Again, it is necessary to name both the form of upset (anger, fear, worry, depression and so on) and the perceived source very specifically for any application of the idea. For example:
I am angry at ____ because I see something that is not there.
I am worried about ____ because I see something that is not there.
Today’s idea is useful for application to anything that seems to upset you, and can profitably be used throughout the day for that purpose. However, the three or four practice periods which are required should be preceded by a minute or so of mind searching, as before, and the application of the idea to each upsetting thought uncovered in the search.
Again, if you resist applying the idea to some upsetting thoughts more than to others, remind yourself of the two cautions stated in the previous lesson:
There are no small upsets. They are all equally disturbing to my peace of mind.
I cannot keep this form of upset and let the others go. For the purposes of these exercises, then, I will regard them all as the same.
This exercise made me think of WYSIATI. Daniel Kahneman coined the acronym WYSIATI which is an abbreviation for “What you see is all there is”. Daniel is the writer of the book Thinking, fast and slow. t is one of the human biases that he explores when he describes how human decision-making is not entirely based on rational thought. When we make decisions, our mind only takes into consideration the things it knows and, regardless of their quality and quantity, the only thing it tries to do with them is to build a coherent story. That’s enough. The story doesn’t have to be accurate, complete or reliable, it only has to be coherent. It seems incredible, right?
WYSIATI seems like a stepping stone to the lesson. What you see is made up by your mind. It’s made up based on information that is not reliable. It is not real. Thus it is not there. What you see is not there. Having negative emotions about it suddenly seems somewhat silly, doesn’t it?
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