In recent days, I have been impressed by the consistency of my own subjective reality, as well as those of others.
I've recently had the opportunity to listen to a fairly large number of people who are going through psychological problems tell their stories. What is remarkable to me is how consistent people's subjective representations are.
Consider the following phenomenon:
1) Literature, Art, Moviews, and even video games almost seem to follow formulas, even when people are trying to be original.
2) If one takes the time to imagine ones own "spirit guide," he or she is remarkably consistent in representation.
3) Some people have very long term trends and desires that plague them in rather consistent forms.
4) Dreams that repeatedly crop-up during a period of time, have a remarkable consistancy in theme.
5) Synchronicity is a phenomenon many people experience, and taking note of it is often quite beneficial to people in that these moments reveal a lot about themselves.
6) "The" placebo effect has very real healing properties. Even Shaman remedies with no scientific basis often work because of some placebo effect.
Psychology may not be as "scientific" as many other subjects that purport to be science, but perhaps that is the wrong thing to try to be.
Anyone else believe the study of one's own subjective reality, as well as that of others can yeild great insights in themselves?
If so, let us explore parts of each others subjective worlds (whatever you're willing to share).
Have you tried lucid dreaming? What images come-up on a regular basis?
What characters in literature, TV, movies, etc. do you identify with?
Have you tried any NLP imaging? If so what have you tried? What were the results?
Imagine a "sheild" that you can put around yourself or others when you feel either you or them require protection. What does it look/feel/sound/smell like?
How about your "container" for feelings when the become overwhelming?
How about your "future self"? What does he or she look/feel/sound/smell like when you imagine him/her?
Have you ever given shape, color, smell, bodily location to your feelings? If so how did the feelings represent themselves to you?
How consistent were these things? What is the symbolism? What do they reveal to you?