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  • 2012-03-10 @ 14:36:00


    The fact that I have a master’s degree is nothing compared to what you KNOW and are TEACHING — with such intuition for someone your age…yes, I was surprised when I read The Beginner’s Guide to Living Consciously that you only 24. I surely wish I had developed the intuition that I have developed, and pay close attention too now as I have gotten older, a great deal earlier, like YOUR age!!! Yes, quite certainly, your material is quite inspiring and useful…do not doubt that. I have now printed this article out for five of my friends…lol! What I have learned in education, which for a great deal of my program is factual, is that I lack in application. We can have co-gratitude, as you have demonstrated for me the application of what I have learned and what I have been looking for in my search ahead for my further personal and spiritual development. I do believe everything happens for a reason, and finding you at this point where I just finished this course that, for some part of it, resonated within me…you were meant to fall across my path just as that course ended to apply two critical theories that fit my beliefs and values, and that I truly believe do help people. Some of the others…well, let’s say I do not like them alot…lol. I very much appreciate your response, and you can be sure I will be reading more from you in the future…as I am following your blog!! Best regards, Laura

    The Quest for Autonomy: Nobody Is Smarter Than You Are

  • 2012-03-08 @ 19:00:46


    I have started expanding upon my personal growth that I began three years ago. Before, this time, I was as you mentioned one of those people that just went with life letting the world dictate my beliefs, thoughts, and actions. Believe me, once I began my process of personal growth, I learned that I had to develop my own personal beliefs. Additionally, I learned from life experience and through the knowledge gained from education that my thoughts, beliefs, and emotions, before I started my journey created actions that resulted in most often, terrible consequences. However, having this knowledge and experience, I had a hard time applying it to my life in terms of not letting my emotions cause an immediate reaction that later resulted in a very bad consequence for me.

    Before I started reading my first book in this second period of growth, as I felt I had plateaued (which is only one of three mechanisms I am using to expand my knowledge and personal growth), I first felt a great need and it necessary to read your article “The Beginner’s Guide to Living Consciously” before I began my studies. I must tell you that this article is very profound and resonated within me so very much, I now have the knowledge of how to apply my knowledge and experience to turning around my life and ‘living consciously’ and not let my emotions control my life. I suggest anybody reading this to go to Jason’s website and download his ebook of this article. It is profound, deep, and spectacular in teaching a person the concepts and how to ‘live consciously’!!!! It can have the same results in others that it had in me…I am thankful for you to have written it, Jason. I thank you very much!

    I just finished my master’s degree in Forensic Psychology, and your article I mentioned above involved the content that was the actual application of two psychological theories of my final course in Counseling Theories. Your article was amazing, and I learned a great deal from it. Additionally it is very sound in the science and the application of two very prominent psychological counseling theories that resonated strongly with me, and I have no desire to become a counselor…lol. In fact, I tried every way to find an additional elective to finish my degree, as I really did not want to take this course. I believe everything happens for a reason, and as it turned out, I learned so much about these theories (some of which totally suck for sure, in my opinion). Two of them, in reflections in applying these methods in weekly assignments to issues in our personal lives, which were very personal, had a profound effect on my life. As only the teachers saw these essays regarding such very personal issues, I felt comfortable in divulging precisely what my issue was and how the application remedied my problem. For this, I was amazed and found it a profound experience. I have developed over the years into being one of those people who does speak my mind in spite of everyone else thinking otherwise. I have learned in my studies, particularly this last class, that you are definitely correct that ‘your thoughts, emotions, and actions are all unique variables which make up your experience in the present moment’. Additionally, what you said about ‘what someone else has done or proven shouldn’t inhibit your exploration, but inspire you to check it out for yourself’ definitely inspired me, as I have been a researcher for 22 years, to actually research and comment on one part of this article that does not ring true, semantically regarding psychology.

    Regarding ‘Goupthink’, I fully believe that the quote you used, is not necessarily true. There is more to it! Groupthink has not had an influence in the literature in the field of social psychology or psychology, in these, particular terms. I definitely would caution, as a writer, which I have been for 22 years, definitely do not use Wikipedia as a resource for referencing. Anyone can write about a topic and submit it to this site. What you are getting is the author’s particular take on what they are writing about. I suggest using scholarly journals or websites that are .nets, .orgs., and so forth. Some .coms are authentic, such as They have sound research and publications that have been around forever. This is just my personal experience and knowledge I am providing; however, as you say, ‘you can check it out for yourself’! I have truly subscribed to not believing and accepting everything I see in the media, what family or friends have to say about what I am doing, or subscribing to any ‘norms’ of any groups whatsoever. I have definitely learned and do as I want to ‘in the moment’. Now, regarding my comment about Groupthink and its influence in the literature, it has not influenced any of the psychologies. However, the psychologies do address the problems of Groupthink and ways to go about mitigating an end result where Groupthink may play a factor in some sort of plan or decision. For example, a group of individuals addressing an issue being influenced and the final results be the result of a particular consensus of a group (who by chance subscribe to very similar personal and/or cultural norms) falling into prey of Groupthink, have been found, especially for some more contemporary organizations and businesses, to be a concern. There are many organizations that have taken the suggestions of psychologists and implemented certain contingencies within such groups to mitigate a problematic outcome of Groupthink.

    I humbly submit to you my researched definition of Groupthink. Additionally, I humbly suggest that anybody interested go to the website I provided and read about Groupthink and the examples of, for example, politics over previous years. This site also provides the suggestions made by psychologists to those who find it necessary, plans for groups to mitigate Groupthink.

    What is Groupthink?

    Groupthink, a term coined by social psychologist Irving Janis (1972), occurs when a group makes faulty decisions because group pressures lead to a deterioration of “mental efficiency, reality testing, and moral judgment” (p. 9). Groups affected by groupthink ignore alternatives and tend to take irrational actions that dehumanize other groups. A group is especially vulnerable to groupthink when its members are similar in background, when the group is insulated from outside opinions, and when there are no clear rules for decision making.

    References (also see annotated bibliography of books, articles and websites listed in the article – use the url listed above, and right below “What is Groupthink?”, to read this article in full)

    Janis, Irving L. (1972). Victims of Groupthink. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

    Janis, Irving L. (1982). Groupthink: Psychological Studies of Policy Decisions and Fiascoes. Second Edition. New York: Houghton Mifflin.

    Best regards, Laura B.

    The Quest for Autonomy: Nobody Is Smarter Than You Are