JOIN THE META-JUMPERS
Meta-Jumping is one of the most powerful ways to explore and expand your life. When you Meta-Jump, you are no longer the captive of your thoughts or actions. You deliberately jump away from them and evaluate what you were thinking or doing. You shift perspectives. Re-frame. Stop for a moment of reflection.
Not everyone can Meta-Jump. Pay close attention and you will notice that those who can are much more creative and fun.
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity, opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are not even capable of forming such opinions.
Suppose you and your husband are arguing and it's not going well. One of you call out "Let's Meta-Jump". That's the agreed signal to close your eyes for 10 seconds and think about how and why the argument went wrong. Then either discuss what went wrong, or just start the discussion over again with the expectation of a better outcome.
Do you have a warm heart for philosophical puzzles like, "Is there a sound in the forest when the pine cone hits the ground and no one is around?"
Shift from trying to answer the question, to questioning the questioner. Ask her to define "sound". If vibrations in the air, there is a sound. If human awareness, no sound. Philosophical puzzles usually depend upon the ambiguity of language---Meta-Jump!---remove the ambiguity. No more puzzle.
Maybe you’re having trouble keeping girl friends. They seem interested for a while and then dump you. Meta-Jump! You notice they all dump you right after you start to get a little sloppy in your dress and hygiene. You test it out and sure enough the next girlfriend sticks.
Perhaps most importantly---go probabilities, not black and white absolutes. Do not hold any belief or assumption too tightly. Meta-jump! and assign probabilities to all sides. That forces you to seriously consider alternative points of view and reduces blinding effects. Confirmation bias is the most powerful. You only pay attention to information that supports your position.
Watch and listen to Jordan Peterson Meta-Jump Cathy Newman. He shifts from answering Cathy’s question to pointing out her hypocrisy in asking it. The jump leaves her speechless. She deserves a lot of credit for how she reacted. She acknowledged he got her, did not become angry or defensive, and moved on. Very impressive.
A few minutes ago I watched a TV interviewer Meta-Jump Jake, a politician. Jake asserted that an enemy politician, Bob, was guilty of many crimes. The interviewer could have kept at the same level and countered that Bob denied any wrongdoing. Instead she Meta-Jumped, shifting from the general to the specific, and asked Jake to name a law Bob had broken. He could not.
Politicians Meta-Jump in the opposite direction all the time, from the specific to the general. For instance, take a single comment that could be considered racist and smear the hell out of the poor guy. A major propaganda tactic.
Watch for Meta-Jumps and deliberately Meta-Jump for practice, when doing so is not going to get you into trouble. People often get upset when Meta-Jumped, like Jake when he couldn’t name a law that had been broken. Not Cathy. I suspect she is a great Meta-Jumper. Jordan Peterson certainly is, and accounts for much of his popularity.
Yes, I am also one of the proud Meta-Jumpers and invite you to join us. We are creative and adventurous, and have a whole lot more fun.
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