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> > <<I boldly predict that any behavior that is described to me
> > can be shown to be comfort seeking, just as your niece has
> > done.>>
> > F: It's as good an investigation as any.
> > <<The jury's still out on whether knowing this can make a
> > difference in a life.>>
> > F: As much difference as any other conceptualizations
> > /hooplas.
> True. Hooplas are hooplas. However, some hooplas are
> more helpful, to certain individuals, than others.>>
F: Sure. Hooplas to eradicate, correct or modify
other hooplas. Something like.....using a thorn to
remove another thorn.
> to construct a hoopla that describes my process in terms of
> the fundamentals of personality development.
F: Fundamentals?....like a Maslow hierarchy?
> > Is your investigation of 'comfort seeking'
> > driven by the possibility of it making a difference in a life?
> > difference?
> I've been asked to contribute a chapter to a book about tantra.
> I want to come up with an alternative framework which helps
> describe what I believe tantra to be, a system of sorts which
> describes what happens in the psychological realms when one
> decides to energetically transgress spiritual traditions.
F: Sounds interesting. I'll be curious to
know how it pans out.
> I know the illusion of personal identity is supported in the brain
> by the constellation of significances. These make up the personality
> and its identity structures. The drive toward comfort is the
> construction crew of these significances.
F: This constellation of significances all bound
up with conditioning. When there is non-identification,
a breaking free of these conditionings can occur.
So, if I have formed a
> significance structure because my grandpa molested me (hypothetical
> case here only folks), it was the impact to my comfort that formed
> the foundation of that complex.
F: Maybe that could also be turned around and looked at:
It was the foundation
of that complex (identifying with being molested by grandpa)
that formed my idea of comfort. If I never knew that
being molested by grandpa was a threat to my comfort,
then I wouldn't identify with it and make a complex
out of it.
> At any rate, that's what I'm trying to put together at the moment.
F: Maybe a theory of how conditioning and identification
informs the whole idea of comfort.