Social groups… Are you part of one?

A group of people hugging in the middle of a street

The most obvious answer could be “Yes”, yet not all of us are part of a group, many can say they are. Even if the group is a friend, it’s a group, right? Well, in a strict way of thinking, you can think of groups as subjective abstract circles, or objectives ones. That is, circles of people (think of Google+ circles, maybe?), made around you, by you and for you, which you are part of, or circles made not by one, not for one, but by many, for many. objective circles are “stablished” social groups; subjective circles are “improvised” social groups.

So, in a way, you, as a person, living around people, are part of a big social group, made by the city/town, in which social interacting is set to a minimum, letting society exist. Get that? From that, every one of us usually makes circles, or rings, that catch other people into our mental environment, setting social interaction to what we specify, on our part, and what they specify, on theirs.

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The infinity of things: Knowledge

Bookstore shelves

The more you know, the more you left unknown, consciously. That means that for every little thing you know, there are many you don’t, some of which you become conscious of once you start knowing the first thing. That is, knowing something means you start knowing the fact that you don’t know some other things.

For each question, an answer. For each answer, several questions. For each zone revealed in knowledge fields, many species of flora and fauna are seen; few are known, the rest are now known to be unknown. We don’t know many things; we don’t even know how many things we don’t know, but we are absolutely sure we don’t know many things. But what about knowing the unknown?

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What kind of information are we willing to share with others?

Strangers in a subway station

Following a past article (We are much like Venn diagrams), in which we ended with a few conclusions, I’m writing this to complete those ideas with more ideas; this time aiming not to the relationships themselves, but to the inner part of a relationship, and how people organize their own information, just to know which things they’re going to share.

So, basically, this is all about sharing. We can gather information from anywhere, anyone,anything. That information can be turned into what we call knowledge. This knowledge can be translated into information to other people, so that when you share your knowledge, you share information. They may or may not turn that information into knowledge. But the key here is to know what information are we willing to share with others?

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We are much like Venn diagrams (You know, a set of things)

A Venn diagram with two people as groups

A Venn diagram is a way to represent a set of things. Picture a circle, with a name (commonly a capital letter), filled with things, elements. They can vary from being letters or numbers to words and strings. They can be anything, and the set itself is formed because all those elements have something in common.

Say there’s a set named “Alphabet”, the elements being a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y and z. What do they have in common? I think that’s pretty obvious. Now imagine a person, as a whole, could be its own set, its own Venn diagram. The name would be the person’s name and the elements any knowledge, thought, emotion, feeling the person have. The diagram is filled day after day with new things. Nothing leaves the diagram. You grow as a person, and from that you, as a Venn diagram, grow, too.

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How much do you share with others?

A girl talking to a hydrant.

A relationship is any kind of bond between to things, in this case (and probably the rest of this blog’s article), relating people. When you ask a stranger for the time, you’re creating a connection. With a friend, you have a bond, too. The same with family and any kind of acquaintance.

Of course, those bonds are different, as all of them are from a “different level”. Each relationship can be stored on a level: family, close friends, friends, acquaintances, strangers… Even that “significant other” could represent a totally different level of connection. Normally we arrange those levels in that order, family being the closest thing to you, and the significant other between family and close friends, or a level below that. That arrangement may vary, but regardless of that, we tend to share our lives more with the first, and least with the latter. I call that closeness.

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Perception of reality: happy times, sad times and self-esteem.

A girl is seen on water. Only the up side is seen.

Have you ever heard that a person who feels taller than others loves itself more? You may call that person egocentric or whatever you like, but it’s a fact, that somehow your perception of your stature has a direct relation to your self-esteem. It doesn’t matter if you’re little or 7 feet tall, the perception is what matters.

Have you ever met a person who is obviously smaller than others, but who feels taller? High self-esteem. Or a person taller than other but who feels smaller? Low self-esteem. The “normal” thing would be to feel exactly as you are. You are taller, you feel taller, and the same if you’re small. The thing is that that way your stature would be ironically telling your actual self-esteem. No one likes to feel smaller than others, even if the person is smaller.

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Why I can’t be creative while feeling sad (And why you should care about it)

A sad guy sitting on a bed

When we are happy, we think clearly, or at least we feel so. We may not see some bad things “as they are”, but we do see good things, and in general, we feel “normal” and feel life “fluid”. On the meantime, as everything is “normal”, thoughts are clean and you feel good, creativity comes naturally, and ideas, thoughts and general creation too. When we are sad, none of this actually happens.

It depends on how sad you are at the moment, but in general, if you’re an “average person” (say, who gets equally sad and happy moments, and is not somehow depressed or something affecting those emotions), when you get sad, is for a reason. Maybe a friend insulted you, maybe you didn’t win at something you were sure you would, or maybe the friend that insulted you for not winning just died. Those are just examples of what could make you sad. Now, regarding that reason, thoughts come in the way.

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