With scientific and technological advancements, we have benefited from the concept of pressurization. The benefit cuts across pressurized containers such as the foot ball played on a football pitch to a passenger airplane flying up in the sky. As beneficial as the concept of pressurization is, it can be destructive when not used with caution. The useful concept of pressurization can be nurtured deliberately for destructive means as used in atomic bombs.
The human emotion is pressurized by feelings such as desire, love, passion, anger, hatred, fear. What the human mind is fed on gets the human emotions pressurized for destructive or nondestructive disposition. All such feelings builds up in the mind – pressurized by knowledge, reasoning and understanding, persuasion, deceit, and such can be manipulated either for good or for bad.
Bosses in corporate organizations, religious leaders, politicians, activist, parents, peer groups, and the like use the concept of pressurization knowingly or unknowingly to achieve collective or individual goals either for good or bad. Emotions are the driving forces for every action or reaction. What we know or do not know puts us under pressure. Information can be withheld as a way of getting our emotions pressurized. Information can also be giving as a way of getting our emotions pressurized.
The way the human mind is pressurized can be meditative, intuitive, reactive, active and, manipulative – MIRAM. Either of these can be responsible for the wild burst of emotions or the control of it. Let’s consider closely how the human mind interacts with this forms of pressurization, there likely positive and negative effects and, how much control can be put over such pressure.
Meditation does to mind what weight lifting does to the muscle tissues. With meditation one develops assimilation, perception and, retention power. Any engaged in weight lifting not eating well will not feel the agility that comes with toning the muscle tissue. What the mind is fed on and fed with repeated by way of meditation is suggestive of how we might be pressured.
There are moments when we are cut up in our own thoughts. Words, pictures, relationships, etc flashes back into our minds. Sometimes we juggle all of these at the same time during the day. Some are subconsciously retained as pending action. Some of these play out as dreams we may sometimes have at night when in our “rapid eye movement sleep” (R.E.M. sleep mode).
Memories are called up in the mind. This is when an individual is deliberately involved in meditation. What is made of such reflective thoughts determines the mood of the individual. When it is positive thoughts, like feelings of love, a sense of accomplishment, renewed relationships and joy, the emotions are allowed to roam free almost immediately causing no damage to the container, the human body. When it is negative thoughts, like feelings of hatred, a strained relationship, dissatisfaction or deprivation, and severe anxiety, the emotions are bottled up. Often times such emotions are guarded jealously. The amount of emotions put in hatred is often not observed in love. Getting any container pressurized beyond its limit always bring disastrous consequences. A good example is the tyre of an automobile pressurized beyond the recommended gauge by the manufacturer of the automobile. There had been blowout incidences leading to lose of life’s.
When negative memories recalled pressurizes our emotions and gets bottled up, it results in severe clinical consequences. It is not uncommon to see individuals break down in tears as a result of recalled memories. For those battling with high blood pressure, prolonged bottled up emotions shoots up the blood pressure that can rupture blood vessels. If such happens in delicate area of the human body, like in the brain, it can lead to permanent stroke. In worst situations, some have instant seizure because of not been able to manage the sudden surge of adrenaline to the brain. This type of condition have lead to some death.
Intuition is the power or faculty of attaining to direct knowledge or cognition without evident rational thought and inference – Merriam Webster Dictionary. We can understand intuitive pressurization when we look at how it impacts decision making in some professions.
The aviation industry is one such where intuitive pressurization plays a key role in dare situations. Pilot flying a large, transport category airplane faces life threatening decisions during a balanced field takeoff. A pilot might face dozens of decisions in just one winter season of operations. There are also dozens of foggy nights in which two or perhaps three white lights masquerading as a runway beckon the pilot to land but allow a mere second to decide the fate of all on board.
Oil and gas is a high risk operation industry. The life’s of all engaged in deep offshore operations hangs in the balance. Every step of the way during each phase of operation gets all intuitively pressurized. An incident that highlights this is that of the Piper Alpha oil production platform in the North Sea approximately 120 mikes north-east of Aberdeen, Scotland. The survivors of that tragic incident were saved by intuitive pressurization. 61 men survived the incident – some by jumping 175ft (53m) from the rig’s helicopter deck into the sea.
Firefighters also get pressurized intuitively. They risk their life’s to safe other people’s life. In the midst of raging fire, firefighters experience intuitive pressurization. They’ve to decide the best way to safe any trapped in the burning building and quickly at that. They trust heavily in intuition and it pressurize them for the right intent and purpose.
Psychologist Gary Klein calls this decision making process “singular evaluation approach,” one that gets the job done as quickly as possible. Rather than deliberate over multiple options, a person with the necessary experience can immediately come up with a suitable course of action. It is literal, the first thing that comes to mind. Then the person need only evaluate the course of action with a simple question: will it work? After careful research, Gary Klein came with a model to explain how intuitive pressurization works. He calls it Expert decision making model based on the Recognition-Primed Decision model:
Acting on intuwitive pressurization is more like taking a blind decision on certain situations that my arise. It actually have saved life’s and at the same time had taken life’s. Can the chances of acting on intuitive pressurization success be narrowed considerably? Consider these three steps to improve actions based on intuitive pressurization:
Decide. Create likely challenging scenarios relating to everyday job performance and proffer solutions until it becomes inherent. Keep such practices ongoing.
Self-critique. Keep a mental record of real time decision or even decisions simulated. Attach some level of emotions to the events leading to such decisions. Emotional events are often remembered with great accuracy than events that lack an emotional component.
Broaden your experience. There are recorded mistakes on various fields of life that can be valuable to strengthening good intuitive pressurization. Need not make the mistakes ourselves.
Every average human is emotionally pressurized intuitively at one time or the other. Whether we are involved in some charged up professional job or simply living our daily life’s, we can be intuitively pressurized to action without noting what pressurized us to action. We can be intuitively pressurized with good results as our experience grows.
Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion states that “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. Take that into human psychology, it is observed that humans tend to react to situations such that they get some self gratification or a feeling that “I did not allow this to get the best part of me”.
There is the upside to this. If the reaction is positive then the pressure to continue unrelenting will not be harmful. Let’s say an observed rioting action will lead to disorder and then a reactive reenforcement of order is put in place by those in authority. The observable good from such reactive enforcement of law and order pressures the authority to hold on until the good is achieved.
At times the reaction is not what we expected it will result in. This is when the feeling of guilt sets in. Such feeling is not easily managed by some. Some are pressured to taking further wrong decisions, act in ways that makes them dangerous to those around them or even end their life’s, not wanting to live with such guilt feelings of wrong reaction.
In this type of emotional pressurization, consideration will be giving to two kinds – internal and external. The external kind is an action observed to be repulsive that puts pressure on the individual affected by the action. To illustrate, a mother whose child suffers Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) gets worked up emotionally. She can become an emotional wreck as a result of hyperactive disorder of the child. This same disorder present in an adult gives similar distressing disposition to whoever is present with the individual. Such active pressurization can even force hyperactive disorder on any present with those clinically observed with ADHD.
The internal kind of active pressurization is the one impacted by our internal systems such as the waste system, the desire for sex, and hunger for food/taste for water. These systems are active in us and exacts pressure. Have you ever found yourself pressed to ease yourself and where you are does not make it possible. A man starved of sex can act irrationally. It is often said that “an hungry man is an angry man.” Can you relate with the feeling when you are dehydrated in a sunny day. While these natural systems are good signals, they can impact negatively on our behavioral pattern when the pressure is allowed unchecked or unattended to.
There is a feeling of emotional and psychological abuse when any individual sense that there has been an element of manipulation in his or her person for selfish ends. That feeling intensifies when the end result of such recognized manipulation brings sad consequences.
Manipulative pressurization works equally for good results, it’s a factor of what is the motive for manipulatively pressurizing anyone’s emotions. Let’s take a closer look at three manipulative techniques and highlight how it can work for good or for bad.
Scaring the Hell out of you (the Fear then Relief Procedure): this technique preys on a persons emotions. Here the manipulator puts the person in an uncomfortable position and then abruptly provides some comfort. The person experiences some form of mood swing that disarm the person. The person is less likely to make rational decisions and more likely to respond positively to various request.
This technique can result in good or bad for the person if there is a right or wrong intention for being manipulative.
A parent observes a certain bad trait in their little child and applies this technique. “If you ever do this again, I’ll not get you that toy you ask for”, says the parent. Then the parent ask “do you want mummy to buy you that toy?” At that instance the little child will want to behave because something is at stake. This obviously works for good as the intent is to correct a bad habit.
Your boss tells you your job is on the line just to get you work overtime on some project. You are then told you’ll get a pay rise if you perform very well on the project. In this instance, who gets the benefit for this manipulative pressurization? Does this technique work any good for the individual so pressured?
Making You Feel Guilty (Social Exchange): this technique is commonly used by tricksters. It is an interpersonal persuasion in which one puts a tangible or psychological reward ahead of a request to be made. A case of I scratched your back ones now you’ll have to scratch mine. Blackmailers do this a lot.
A person who knows a certain secret you want kept secret can get you pressurized emotionally to carry out a request contrary to your conscience. If the request is what will workout good then it make this form of manipulative pressurization useful.
Knowing about manipulative techniques can help you avoid falling victim to them. However, if the the intention is right, these techniques can still bring good results.
How the human mind relates with MIRAM is relative. We can control how we are affected by these. We can choose whether we want to Meditate on a certain thought or not. We can also determine how we are affected be what we are reflecting on our mind. When not sure of a gut feeling, we can take a brief moment to double check the Intuition so as not to make a silly mistake. It is wiser to look before leaping so when Reacting to situations it does not cause us uncontrollable emotional pain. Actions observed around us need not impact negatively on our person if we learn to make excuses for the actions. If we can just take a second look at the intention or proposal, we may not be Manipulated.
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