The privilege of a lifetime is becoming who you truly are.

Carl Jung

February Week 2: Sensitivity, Culture And Change


Overview And Objectives

This week we want to look at the disconnect between sensitive people and culture and why that is. We especially want to delve into the dual nature of reality as we experience it as being both fixed and dynamic (or static and changing).

Many of us recognize either intuitively or intellectually depending on how we are wired to be in the world that everything is always changing. Of course, some things change faster than others and other very slowly. Those things that are slower to change often seem fixed, solid and unmoving. Like objects.

Understanding what is static and what is open to change will make it easier for you to handle and promote change around you.

Fixed VS. Dynamic: A Way Of Looking At The World

This video investigates the idea of "fixed vs dynamic" or "static vs changing" as assessment tools for understanding what is going on around us.  

Yes! No!
by Mary Oliver

How necessary it is to have opinions! I think the spotted trout
lilies are satisfied, standing a few inches above the earth. I
think serenity is not something you just find in the world,
like a plum tree, holding up its white petals.

The violets, along the river, are opening their blue faces, like
small dark lanterns.

The green mosses, being so many, are as good as brawny.

How important it is to walk along, not in haste but slowly,
looking at everything and calling out

Yes! No! The

swan, for all his pomp, his robes of grass and petals, wants
only to be allowed to live on the nameless pond. The catbrier
is without fault. The water thrushes, down among the sloppy
rocks, are going crazy with happiness. Imagination is better
than a sharp instrument. To pay attention, this is our endless
and proper work.

Different Perspectives On Culture, Change, And Sensitive People

Different Insights Into Change, How Cultures Handles Change And How Sensitive People Relate To Culture


Highly Sensitive People And Culture

Perceptual differences ibn sensitive people related to culture.

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Cultural Processes Of Change

This article gives a nice overview of the internal mechanisms by which a culture changes.

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Overview Of Spiral Change Conditions

Change is not an accident in societies. This article discusses conditions that create change in cultures from the Spiral point of view.

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What Really Causes People To Change

A great article by an expert on change, Jeffrey Kottler, Ph.D.

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Connecting The Dots

Questions, ideas, and insights to stimulate your thinking and to help integrate this week's information into your life.

Insight 1

Often there needs to be a critical mass (of problems, crises etc.) reached before change can occur. 

Insight 2

Change can come simply from a surrender to reality.

Insight 3

Denial is the antithesis of change. Sometimes denial is a self-protective way to deal with trauma but more often it is a way to avoid change.

This Month's Courses

Monthly Explorations

Week 1

Week 2 

Week 3

Week 4