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This is Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay Click HERE on this line to find essays via Your-Key-Words. {Most frequent wordstarts of each essay will be put here.} ========================================================== %SCIENTIST MOTIVE DESIRE FEAR DECISION BEHAVIOR 891005 Scientists usually perceive their own behavior in terms of rationalizations based upon cognitive considerations. Scientists look for explanations only in the cognitive domain and often ignore significant personal considerations having to do with their own fears, desires, addictions, compulsions, attitudes, vulnerability, defenses, repressed childhood experiences, etc. Any meaningful understanding of the behavior of scientists must be founded upon a perspective which transcends the narrowly specialized assumptions in terms of which scientists approach the objects of their own consideration. Scientists cannot meaningfully understand themselves reflexively in terms of the same set of assumptions, categories, vocabulary, attitudes, etc. which are useful in considering impersonal objects. The expanded perspective must include consideration of realities such as addictions, codependence, collusions, compulsions, insecurity, defensiveness, desire for authentic intimacy, and lost childhoods, etc. Purely cognitive considerations will be inadequate as a foundation for understanding the evolution of scientific thought. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================