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April 26, 2017

A ScreamFree Theory

“Rational behavior requires theory. Reactive behavior requires only reflex action.”
(W. Edwards Deming)

I am a 45-year-old white male, with multiple graduate degrees, one wife, and a life of Sundays spent going to church. How much do these things shape how I view the world? I can tell you…more than I could possibly know. These are but a few of my largely unchosen biases, and there are likely a thousand more.

Do these biases make me a bad person? No. They just make me a person.
What makes me a better person is recognizing these biases, and trying to learn how they shape my definition of reality. This is where theory comes in.

Adopting or developing a theory about the world is a way of choosing our biases. Since it is impossible to observe the world without bias, scientists develop educated theories about the world works, and then test whether the theory is correct.

ScreamFree is one such theory. It is an educated, chosen mindset that shapes how I see the world. Is it based on research? Yes. 100% purely objective research? No, because there is no such thing.

What I do know is that as I put the theory into practice, by simply responding more and reacting less, my adult life tends to improve.

What’s been your experience?

Peace begins with pause,

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