Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Alex's Psychology Dream Journal / JAVA Practice Program



Song:  Dream Chasers

Group:  Future World Music


This is another exercise Alex had completed for his Psychology class
(Alex had fun with this).

It consisted of logging three of his most remembered dreams...
and then answering ten questions about them.

My wife had pointed out (I think correctly)...
that as dreams involve the subconscious...
without the overriding filtering of the conscious...
it is a more true reflection of the natural state of the person's
base personality (notice I had not said basic)
 as a result of the natural state of their neurochemistry.

The natural levels of our neurotransmitters in a resting state greatly infuences
the levels and intensity of our impulses and drives...
and so, our basic outlook and reactions to stimuli.

And no...
this is not an argument for nature over nuture.

A basic reaction to stimuli is nature...
but nurture can greatly alter our actions, outlook, and even the basic responses 
to future stimuli...when the conscious mind filters and guides them.

However, the types of dreams a person repeatedly has...
 can be a window into the basic makeup of the mind...
the neurochemical ratios which form the fundamental 
drives which manifest themselves in either socially acceptable or unacceptable forms...
as altered through learned behavior.






(Alex had done wery well in this exercise...
and so, had received a 30/30 score on it).



My wife noticed that Alex has the same type of dreams as does she
(although a child often dreams of a basic fear of the unknown).

They both worry about things...
and are slightly anxious, and so, are cautious in nature.
Both of them are very methodical and progressively linear in their thinking.
They both operate from the details to the general.

I am quite the opposite.
I am very impulsive by nature.
I operate from a strong emotional basis...
and so, I tend to free associate too much.

My mind is a pinball which bounces around while generally eschewing the details...
and works from general to specific.

Although Alex and I are very similar in the intensity of our drive...
where Alex excels is in his combination of a strong drive...
coupled with extreme focus and patience.

This is why at 13 years old...
Alex is already a far better man than I in so many aspects...
and why he will do far better in life than have I...
especially academically

(This is, of course, the dream of every parent).


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This is another one of many JAVA exercises Alex has been doing 
in his AP Computer Science Class.




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Alex is much happier now that he has much more academic freedom.

He is no longer bored...no longer hampered by a slow pace...
and he is now free to take higher and higher level math classes 
through the University system.

And through his online High School...
he may advance himself at his own pace...
and so, he may have more direct input into his own life.

I highly recommend this educational scenario for any child who feels 
hampered by the slow or delayed pace of normal school
(although a school which allows unrestricted upward movement
is also an ideal scenario).

Everything in life...
especially that of school...
 should operate strictly through merit.

Quite frankly...
it is sheer idiocy (sorry...my emotional side came out again  :)
to quantify or qualify anything except purely through merit
(so long as free opportunity, and so, free choice, continuously exists).

Would a person but think for just a moment...
in such a world...
there would be none of the isms...
sexism (Misoginism as well as Feminism)...
racism...ageism...
favoritism by whatever means (including sociological/religious ideology)...
could not exist.

A person may rise according to his 
drive, dreams, intelligent planning, and fortitude.

Society would rise and reach its full potential...
while preserving personal freedoms.

My argument on the strength of a meritocracy
through both, the micro, as well as the macro views...
in a later article.

(I warned you about my pinball mind  :)








2 comments:

  1. Interesting to read what Alex dreams of. He has had so much success, yet he still has anxiety about failing. Most nights I don't remember what I dreamed so it is impressive that he could articulate his dreams so well for this journal.

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  2. He only remembered a few. For some reason, he remembered those particular ones vividly.

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