Friday, June 19, 2015

Re Blogged Jean Haner - No Attack Dogs Required

I love Jean Haner's work:

"Jean married into a Chinese family when she was in her 20s, and began to learn about Chinese culture, philosophy and medicine from her very traditional mother-in-law. It wasn’t until after her wedding that she discovered the family had her face and birth date evaluated to see if she was a “lucky” match for her husband, and that even the date and time of the ceremony had been determined according to what would bring the most luck for the family.

She went on to study the deeper foundations of these ancient principles of balance and health with many teachers over the years, and learned that it has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with learning to be true to your nature.

One of her areas of expertise is Chinese Face Reading. Certain features in your face reflect your personality type and your history ie the size and shape or ears or prominence of cheek bones.

I once noticed at Telus World of Science that all the astronauts had the same nose... could that mean that nose reflects the personality traits of an astronaut?   I don't know. We need to avoid the Naturalistic Fallacy as well.

Her blog today is a slightly different vein but so interesting:

"A few years ago, right before his book, “Blink” came out, I had the joy of sitting across from Malcolm Gladwell at dinner and listening to him tell stories about his research for the book.

One thing he’d done was interview people who train professional bodyguards.

He said as part of the training, each person is shown a line drawn on the ground and told, “Walk along this line, and no matter what happens, stay on the line.”

So, the trainee starts to walk along the line, and out of nowhere, a snarling attack dog charges right at him. Of course, he shrieks and runs off the line.

Then he sees the dog was on a leash that ended 2 inches from the line.

He gets back on the line and begins to walk again, and this time the attack dog comes back, OFF the leash.

The dog leaps on him and at this point each person in this exercise basically loses all control in total terror!

Then he sees the dog is muzzled and cannot hurt him.

This training goes on and on with different experiences, until that person can walk the line, have anything happen and still stay on the line, in balance and unstressed."Read more here.

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