It seems that at the most basic and obvious level, the human
mind seems to make notes of patterns – what psychologists call
“pattern matching” or “pattern recognition”. Some of these patterns
connect for us on an intuitive level while others connect to us on a
left-brain, linear, and intellectual level. It is a balance between the intellect and the emotions. No
matter how intellectual, rational, reasonable, and sensible we would
like too be, the fact is that many if not most of our decisions are
driven by emotions. This is a bitter pill to swallow, especially for
those who worship at the altar of logic. The key is to know which is
the best approach. This is best done through self reflection,
contemplation and meditation and doing what needs to be done.
To begin we must remember that the most ordinary aspects of
daily life are filled with the need to make choices.
In order to make these choices, the intellect must evaluate
present experience and sort this against the memory of important past
experience. It must do this while keeping present and past experience
separate and distinct. These distinctions cannot be easily made
without the influence that comes with reflection, contemplation and
When the human mind reflects upon itself, it recognizes that
new patterns have come into focus. It combines this information with
recalled patterns – long-term memories of patterns and events from the
past. The mind is then able to make new judgments based on the
combination of new patterns and the memory of old patterns.
Much of Lewis Harrison’s Applied Game Theoryis built on the
integration of many systems of thought and action, and one cannot
discuss systems without first discussing the system of the mind.
So, in order to achieve self-actualization one need not understand
every aspect of the mind, nor even master the emotions, but it useful
to understand how the mind and emotions function.
We must always keep in mind that each person’s map of the world is as
unique as their thumbprint. There are no two people alike … no two
people who understand the same sentence the same way … So in dealing
with people try not to fit them into your concept of what they should
Lewis Harrison is an American author, speaker, consultant, and Contemporary Spiritual Teacher. He is a pioneer in the personal development, and human potential movement He offers seminar, workshops, retreats and phone based coaching.
He created the course on Life Strategies – www.LifeStrategyCourse.com – and holds regular stress management and meditation retreats at his Spa in the Western Catskills. Learn more at www.TheHarrisonCenter.com
Lewis hosts a weekly radio show “What Up” that explore game theory. The show broadcasts Wednesdays, on WIOX 91.3 FM – 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM (EST). The show is also available as an internet stream at the same time period at WIOXRadio.org