Keep personal experience separate

You will be reading this for many reasons. Personal insights, morbid curiosity, because Eli is awesome, professional development/criticism, whatever. One thing I encourage, is to try to separate your personal experience on some of these topics from what I am writing. I say this because any time someone invokes personal experience it can muddy the waters. You damn well can be the outlier on a given thing, literally the .01%. Plus one personal story, is not going to outweigh systematic peer reviewed studies that have been replicated in some cases literally for decades.

You may try to play devils advocate, I know some people who bring up the exception all the time.. Annoying! Many things/interventions/therapies may “seem” logical in psychology, and you have experienced it and it was “right for you” however again according to research is not right for everyone else. I come across this all the time! So, when reading try to look at what I’m writing as what has been shown in the research and does apply to the masses even if not to you! Or you have some idiosyncratic example that may seem related yet upon further investigation actually is not related or not quite useful. A key here is many times you may have a lay conceptualization of an idea, yet in psychology/philosophy we may parse it into great detail. You think of the concept of extraversion, yet we have sophisticated measures in psychology to show different percentile ranks of where people stand on this factor of personality. Keep this in mind.

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