Friday, November 24, 2023

SR-9011

Type: Rev ErbA Agonist
Use: Circadian Rhythm Regulation
Halflife: 4 Hours

Misunderstood by many as a Sarm, SR-9011 is actually a Rev ErbA Agonist that regulates circadian rhythm. It does so by binding to the Rev-ErbA receptor which handles the Circadian Rhythm of the body. This is important because the body has an internal clock known as the core clock gene expression. Virtually all the major organs of the body, including the brain, utilize this to ensure that the body is in rhythm. 

Benefits

  • Increases fat loss potential by restricting glucose as an energy source by utilizing fats.
  • Increased metabolic rate due to increased mitochondrial concentration.
  • Promotes recovery leading to potential athletic gains. 
  • Promotes athletic endurance.
  • Prevents overt inflammation of the body.
  • Lowers LDL cholesterol and increases HDL cholesterol. 
  • Regulates immune responses in the brain. 
  • Produces increased wakefulness.
  • Endues anti-anxiety-like effects. 
  • Studies show that there may be anti-tumor benefits.

Rev-ErbA

Also expressed as Rev-Erb Alpha, it is one of two proteins (Alpha or Beta). Rev-ErbA directly impacts the entire body on a molecular and cellular level by regulating the body's core circadian clock. As a result, the entire body is impacted positively like metabolism and immunity. There are also positive physiological benefits within the brain, skeletal muscle, fatty tissue, and liver. 

Circadian Rhythm

Circadian Rhythm works is basically the body's internal clock. And similar to clocks, it works in 24-hour cycles. Timekeeping is important to keep the world stable; similarly, time is crucial to keeping the body stable. When the body's timekeeping is structured, the body will be stable because all of the molecular and cellular processes that promote stability (homeostasis) will be regulated. 

SR-9011 Influence

SR-9011 synthetically steps in and aids the Rev-ErbA nuclear receptor's role in keeping circadian rhythm stable. It does this by upregulating positive mechanisms and downregulating some negative processes that normally regulate circadian rhythm within the body. As a result, it synthetically supercharges the body's normal processes that have to do with circadian rhythm. It does this all without tampering with androgen receptors like SARM's do. As a result, there are no negative impacts on testosterone.

Sources:

https://rhtp.org/sr9011/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7546349/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7150483/
https://www.bcgsc.ca/news/fighting-marine-contaminants-fishing-cancer-treatments-marine-sponges-how-gsc-biochemist-made

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SR-9011: The Rev ErbA Agonist That Infects Circadian Rhythm

Monday, October 30, 2023


The White Pill


Unlike the Black Pill, the White Pill is optimism.  Where Blackpilling is about cynicism towards life, the White Pill is about surreal optimism. Though it might sound like a good pill to swallow on paper, it can actually be a bad thing. Read more. 

Imagine if you grew up in a war-torn country with very little food and water. Everyday bombs would go off and someone new was reported as a casualty of war. As a toddler, you were well-versed with the reality of death and trained to understand that your life can perish at a moment's notice. Thusly, you were trained to tiptoe everywhere you went, otherwise, you had a real risk of dying. Every day you were nurtured with consistent zealousness of fighting towards freedom and the use of force to topple persecution. 

This seed sprouted into a thought you placed inside your head that "despite this persecution, I am going to grow up to become a freedom fighter for my country and topple the depraved authorities that plague my land". 

Little by little, this seed of injustice ignites greater to where now as a grown adult, you became enflamed into a culture of war. This is all thanks to when, as a young boy, you Whitepilled a certain belief system.  

The White Pill is understanding that the current realities of life are grating. Despite this, it channels hope and takes action towards making the world better through the skewed viewpoint of the user. 


Its Community


White Pillers have no defined community; They can belong to many different communities. That's because every White Piller's ideologies or belief systems can vary. So, a Whitepiller's ideology can span from far-right to far-left. It doesn't always mean it will be a bad thing, but it is not always good either.  


The Archetype


Picture a pure-white angel with a crooked grin on its face and there you have the archetype of the White Piller. 

Likewise, the White Pill userbase are people that believe their ideologies are best and that the current world doesn't fit their narrative. Despite this harsh reality, White Pillers remain optimistic that someday the world will fit their worldview. 

A Whitepiller can be someone as benign as your friendly neighbor Ned Flanders or someone flagrant like Andrew Tate. 


Is It Good or Bad? 


It all depends on the context of the White Piller's belief system. If the user has a viewpoint that positively aligns with society or can be ingratiated in a congruent way, it is good. If the user has a radical viewpoint that misaligns with society's betterment, it is incongruent and essentially bad. 

Chances are that if you use "White Pill" in a sentence, you are probably not a good person. 

That is because good people tend to steer clear of any Pill community's proximity. 

Most people that White Pill life in a positive way don't even know its lexicon. 

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The White Pill

Monday, October 23, 2023

 


I infiltrated the Black Pill Community...The truth shocked me

I infiltrated a segment of the pill community, and as I peeled its layers, untangled a dark web of lies and toxicity. I found that communities, defined as pills, were people that band together as tribes to perpetuate their agendas on life. Subsequently, I unveiled a pill epidemic of sorts. One of the communities that I unmasked was the Blackpill. As I pooled all of the information, I discovered the types of people that make up this tribe, why they join, its core philosophy on life, and why Blackpill shouldn't be followed. 

I was first introduced to this world when, as I scrolled through Reddit feeds, and saw a post titled "How do I quit blackpill?" At this time, I thought the pill universe was made up of only Blue or Red, so I was curious about what this was. After digging deeper, I found greater insidious pills including Blackpill. 

The Black Pill Effect

Blackpill is, at its essence, a pessimistic worldview that believes some people are rewarded with the genetic lottery and high-class upbringing, while others are not. As a result, especially in dating and relationships, some will be successful in life while others will not. With this worldview, in the Black Piller's mind, no amount of self-work can change the circumstances. 

People often correlate Blackpilling with Nihilism in that the state of the world is reality; that fundamental truths, knowledge, morality, goals, and other aspects of living have zero value. Although this can pivot from Nihilist to Nihilist, part of this existential skepticism is due to a resignation of fundamental living as others normally adhere to, such as goal setting or self-care. That is because there is extreme skepticism attributed to doing so, seeing as how nothing will change in life by adopting such trivialities. Another part is because any hope of living a value-added life has been shattered over a lifespan as a result of consistent reinforcement.  

Despite this skeptical worldview, Blackpillers and Nihilists alike both share a common theme. Both hold a shred of ego in that despite the innumerous realities of life that make life insufferable, there are some things in life that can make life more appeasing. For example, if a Blackpiller was born with any physical trait that is valuable in current society, it further reinforces current viewpoints. 

Blackpill Cult Members: "Incels"

Incels can be defined, in netizen speak, as someone that embodies low value or status in society. Incels are usually heterosexual males that often project misogynistic beliefs due to having no game, job, home, etc. 

99.99% of Blackpill members are Incels, but it does not mean that all incels belong in the Blackpill circle, since there are other pill communities in existence. Some of its members are also Femcels (the female counterparts to Incels). 

Membership Requirements

Incels gravitate towards Blackpill because the ego is dead. In their mind, life rewards the few that have a certain set of physical requirements. Without those, dating and relationships will never be successful. 

As a result of this, Incels commonly have extreme low self-esteem that is guised under honesty. Incels are unable to attract the opposite sex, where under this worldview, misogyny is commonly displayed. Members must also believe that no amount of self-development will change this situation since looks can never be replaced by non-physical traits such as personality.   

Philosophy

Blackpill is the extreme form of the Red Pill philosophy which promotes brutal honesty of the status quo. It states that women date with hypergamy in mind so men must always strive to become a higher man of value at all costs. In the Red Pill view, men can overcome any status limitations with brutal honesty and hard work. 

Unlike the Red Pill however, Blackpill believes that personal development will not change a dating situation for the man. Physical limitations will never be able to be hurdled in this viewpoint. 

Blackpillers, like many Nihilists, adhere to any truths that benefits them but discards others that don't. This doesn't mean that Blackpillers won't play the game of life as it is given, but it means that they don't see the point of it. They will play the game if it benefits them in some capacity.

An example of this is when Blackpillers work hard on self-development to achieve a high status in life to receive its accolades. This despite knowing that a man with better physical traits and equally achieved status will overshadow them given that women are hypergamists. 

Friedrich Nietzsche, the first Blackpiller

The Mountain

Blackpillers got to this state of mind because the ego has been shredded to oblivion. Life crushed them into a powder and they only live due to the remaining ego that exists. It is living catatonically with some sort of existential dread. 

Perhaps the media has consistently shown that attractive men with a certain set of physical characteristics are the ones that attract high caliber women. As a result of this, some boys grew up constantly feeling underappreciated. Possibly they were also bullied due to physical traits out of their control. These are also some commonalities shared with many women as well. Whatever the catalyst, the ego was consistently damaged and reinforced with this belief system. 

It is a tough mountain to climb from especially when the ego has been damaged so deeply. It is almost like starting from scratch where a man must now increase their ego and comfort zone. It is crawling out of an abyssal hole of perceived limitations and adopting more expansive ones. 

Blackpillers never actually chose Blackpill, Blackpill chose them. Most people will never receive membership into this community because it is a black hole of doom. In fact, if one were to even choose a pill, they should not choose any. All of these pill communities are limited worldviews and are cogently powerful because it attracts incels that ironically do not want to be incels anymore. 

If one were to choose, they should choose the Tiger Pill, a community of like minds that want more balance and harmony in life. 


The Black Pill

Monday, October 9, 2023

Forward:

My brethren, today we unite under one umbrella as masters of conquest and expedition. With our short legs we have collectively walked millions of miles to reach the peak of existence. 

Often, we took the road less traveled because our journey was filled with treachery. We have been snaked by our giant allies, passed on for promotions to the new guy, and constantly belittled by the fake giant news media. 

But after millions of failures, heartbreak, and physical torture, we finally did it! And now we must pay it forward to pass on our knowledge to the future generations: the short princes and princesses that will work towards earning their crowns. 

The Goal:

Become less dependent on the approval of men or women.
Learn to love others for who they are.
Build bulletproof confidence.
Grow true leadership.
Find Zen.

Feeling Inadequate:

The biggest problem that triggers low self-worth is not feeling good enough. At its essence, society values some things while it devalues others. 

Because of these value systems, people are accustomed to living their lives according to these norms. They work on filling the void to become valuable. 

Often, the more holes they cover up, the bigger other potholes become. Now they have to maintain some holes while working to fill new ones. It's almost like keeping up with the Kardashians. The cycle of insecurity keeps increasing. 

Let's read a testimonial of a successfully self-conscious low value male that subscribed to the fake world.

Tandrew Ate is a 5'10" biracial male that works out consistently, has good hygiene and earns $80,000 annually. This is good by most standards but Ate wants great! The media, through television or Instagram, insufferably portrays high value men to be over 6 feet tall, have six pack abs, drive Rolls Royces, and earn upwards of $1,000,000 annually. Because of this, he drives so much pressure on himself to work out, hustle, and develop gooder hygiene to outperform the competition. 

Because of this, he is depressed and continues to have low self-worth. 

Tiger Pill:

Today's lesson is for the short princes that feel inadequate. For men that feel like everything is stacked up against them. They do not feel or look good, and as a result, do not feel masculine enough. 

It's also for the short princesses that feel like they constantly feel ugly and it's causing them to feel like their value is low. Even though they may be intelligent and have all these job qualifications, people only value them for their looks or physical assets. 

But sometimes the biggest red pill these men or women can swallow is that life is not fair. Life oftentimes rewards taller or sexier people. 

But it's not just about the red pill.

It is also to recognize that life is not a comparison game. 

The true goal is to swallow the Tiger Pill which can enhance performance and expand one's horizons. 

Chances are that many short princes' or princess' dreams were shattered when reality kicked in. And as a result, they kept lowering their goal posts. 

It went from "I want to date models" to "I want to take anything I can get". 

Or from "I want to feel pretty enough, like I'm doing something that matters" to "I'm going to post even more provocative photos to get that next dopamine hit or income goal!" 

And this is after scouring every self-help resource and getting to a good level. 

Meanwhile, a taller person with half the skills, enjoys a buffet of options. 

Or the prettier lady who started Instagram late, skyrocketed from 0 to 1 million followers in less than 60 days due to a Buzzfeed article. To some women, this lady isn't as pretty as them. 

But this is not a dating post. Neither is it about setting normal expectations. 

It is about removing the expectations completely to make space about what truly matters. 

The Tiger Pill is mental goal for inner peace. Finding inner peace helps with every possible sphere of society from dating, business, to self-betterment. 

The Tiger Pill arouses self-awareness and enhances ownership or accountability. In doing so, it develops leadership, promotes self-love, and troubleshoots limitless scenarios. 


Social Comparison

Growing up in the public school system, there are the popular kids and the unpopular kids. Then there are the kids that were in-between. 

Due to this dynamic, there was envy. The unpopular kids wanted to become popular, the in-betweens wanted to keep moving up, and the popular kids kept on swinging their šŸ†causing internal conflict. 

Due to this, everyone knew what rank they were at. 

The social rank.

Cognitive Dissonance

Due to people aiming to scale their social rank, they lose sight of what matters. 

They sell their souls for clout.

The girls that grew up as tomboys eventually dabble in makeup while dressing more provocatively. And as they get more attention, begin taking more risquĆ© pictures for increased Instagram likes. As they get more attention, it morphs into the "hoe phase." They never imagined that they would ever do something like this, but they rationalize this behavior by saying it is due to men being manipulative. 

The boys who grew up kind, but poor, start reading self-help books and taking lessons from dating gurus. As a result, they get richer while having more success with women. As they get more successful, they morph into completely wretched human beings. They never imagined that they would put people down so easily by saying nasty comments to kind people. And they become more abusive towards women. But they rationalize this behavior by saying it is because these people were weak. 

They push off these feelings of regret and discomfort until it blows up and they break down. 

Remove Herd Filter

Like Instagram, these people put on filters to make their actions seem like the right ones. But when they go to bed at night, the filters are gone. 

As they lay in bed thinking about their actions and the consequences that resulted in belittling other men or women to nothingness, the filters dissipate. 

They have 2 options. 

The first is to continue masking the pain of being terrible human beings while continuing to be successful superficially.

The second is taking accountability or ownership of what they did by deciding to do what's right.

Tribe of One

They never wanted to feel so guilty again, so they audited their tribe.

A tribe is a group of people that make up a person's core sphere of influence.

By auditing the tribe, they decide on which members are good versus which ones are evil, based on their goals or needs, and eventually pick the ones to keep. 

The herd mentality states that the overall tribe helps influence an individual member's decisions, thoughts and feelings.

And sometimes this is how bullying begins. 

When a group of popular kids gang up together and belittle the small, timid girl in raggedy clothes just because of who she is, it is the herd mentality in effect. 

And at night, when each individual member of the popular kids' gang goes to sleep, they all feel some dread and dissonance. 

True leadership comes when a member of a tribe goes against the general consensus when it is against the individual's core beliefs. 

This helps the member sleep well at night knowing they did everything in their power to become an actual man or woman of value. 

Developing the Self

If a man or woman is able to make decisions for themselves and aren't easily influenced by their tribe, they are a true leader. 

They are a tribe of one. 

Because they are not able to be bought and because their belief systems are as hard as titanium, they are no longer swayed by evil. 

But because they know that they are also the sum of who they surround themselves with, they are careful.

Thus, they closely monitor who they choose to surround themselves with and who they invest their time in. 

Then a curious thing happens. 

They become a high value person by being unequivocally themselves while never betraying their consciouses. 

They are at-peace with things outside of their control but continue to level up on a personal level based on their own standards.

As a result of achieving inner peace, they are able to work on their goals with clearer focus. 

This is true leadership.

Without tearing others down, while building them up...

They become an actual man or woman of value.  


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Tiger Pill: Inner Peace (Big Wang Energy)

Stoicism was created as an offshoot of Hellenistic Philosophy by Zeno of Citium. And Roboticism was created by me when I practiced Stoicism. There are great things about Stoicism that developed me into a better human, but after doing so, it fully turned me into a robot. Read this entire post to turn back into a human. 

I was turned on to Stoicism when I was 14 years old. I had a thirst for knowledge and had deep depression. Both of those things somehow navigated me to a Wikipedia page about Stoicism. And after only reading a page of this, I declared that I would become a Stoic. 

Here is why I think Stoicism intrigued me so much. 

I felt a lack of control. 

Growing up in an immigrant family, I had zero autonomy. I listened to my parents, as my elders, no matter what. And slowly, I felt a suffocating pressure to appease them. Anything I did was bad or evil. I had to obediently listen to them, until I was 18 so that when I go to college, I could finally stretch my legs

A Wild Roman Gladiator Yells "FREEDOMMM!"

All 3 of them. 

I wanted to be free from my emotions so that I could survive. 

I had a desire for success.

Having a baby elephant's knowledge of Stocism, I felt like Stoicism was all about removing the ostentatiousness of emotions so that one could pursue self-control and discipline. 

And due to constant overwhelming thoughts, I was drowning in self-pity and sadness. 

I was also lazy. To avoid doing work or to distract myself from my thoughts and feelings, I turned to watching Anime all day or playing Runescape. 

This was a negative feedback loop because my parents would scold me, which would only increase my depression, and turn me back to video games and Anime to distract myself. 

Imagine a world where a boy feels anxiety, fear and sadness and the only way to escape that place is to watch Anime and play video games. A lot of people do this. 

But I always wanted big success. I needed to free myself from my emotions so that I can start working towards my success. That was the idea at least. 

The Good Parts of Stoicism.

It taught me about accountability, being present, and being real. Maybe too much accountability, presentability, and realness because I always chastised myself about my flaws. 

I would list what I would need to work on, and I would research and crawl my way through actionable steps. Very painful steps by the way. 

They were painful because negative self-esteem was one of my flaws, and if I wanted to get good with girls for example, I had to start getting good at saying "hi" to random people and expect rejection. 

My growth was a long and painful one. I had many things to work through and I had to be stoic to achieve greatness. Or so I thought.

The Bad Parts of Stoicism. 

It taught me about accountability. Maybe too much accountability because I always chastised myself about my flaws. 

No that was not an error. Yes, that was a copy-paste. 

I had zero positive feedback loop. 

I would list what I would need to work on, which isn't inherently bad, but in hindsight it was a version of negative reinforcement. I would only listen the negative voices in my head instead of reinforcing the positive ones. 

And that was why my growth was so slow. This wasn't a copy-paste this time. 

More importantly...

It made me monotone.

Imagine hearing a robot talk in real life with pre-recorded messages that would automatically conform to inputs and data like Chat-GPT. 

Imagine that, but me. 

Being Stoic 24.7 caused me to interact with humans with an expectation of potential rejection. Not just rejection, but the possibility of friendship too. Everything was like a mathematical question is what I'm trying to say to all the nerds out there. It caused me to view everything in life as if it were a chess game, or something to learn from. 

For some reason, with my baby elephant's knowledge of Stoicism, I had a desire to control myself and my emotions. I wanted to feel like a demi-god void of emotions so that I could free myself faster. 

This caused me to also sound like a robot. Since my goal was "become even keeled and in control", that also reflected in my voice: a flat, toneless one. 

Imagine asking a question but saying it like a statement without the inflection. That was me. 

Also imagine sounding like Mikhaila Peterson but with a deep Marry Banilow voice frequency. 

Barry Manilow, singer-songwriter

Becoming human

"Why am I seeking knowledge? Why am I biohacking myself?"

When I asked these questions, in inner dialogue, and replied with "Because I want to be vastly successful. Because I want to cure my depression and achieve limitless growth and potential," I realized that I wasn't seeking to be human. 

I wanted to be superhuman. 

That is never achievable. And if it is, I don't want to look like or become a Bryan Johnson (cyborg looking ahh).

Bryan Johson, Anti-aging biohacking robot

I stopped trying to play with life like it was a game, and I focused on becoming more present. And to become present, I had to stop talking to myself. I had to stop overthinking and getting stuck in the paralysis-by-analysis loop. 

And when I stopped doing that, I became happier. I started to add color to my voice.

I stopped trying to compare myself to arbitrary standards

My goals were still lofty, but I focused on doing rather than thinking. I became better by focusing on things one day at a time, aiming just a tiny bit higher each time. 

I also stopped looking like I was a statue, or someone with a pencil up their (poopoo).

I maxed out my experience points on being unequivocally me. Instead of feeling ashamed or bad that I failed on something, I used it as a learning launchpad by positively reinforcing what I did good at while working on what went bad with self-reflection (DOING vs THINKING). 

Then I became a human again.


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Being Stoic 24.7 Transformed Me Into a Robot

Saturday, August 26, 2023

Start at Level 0 

Image of a pixelated video game man at level 0
What if you were able to rewind time and press the reset button to start over? Would you? If so, what would you do differently? 

GIF of rewind button & plant growth

It's like back in the day when kids used to play "PokĆ©mon" on their Gameboys. Palletown was the place they started in, and where they had to pick their first PokĆ©mon. They had 3 choices: Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur. Doing so would veer their journey, and throughout this, they would make more decisions that steer their gameplay. 


Leveling Up...With Real Risks

GIF Image of 'Level Up' with a box that talks about skill attributes and acquisitionBut unlike video games, redoing any component of your life has real world consequences. It also may not have the outcomes that you expect. Once you forge a new path, there are less and less resets.It's the real-life adage of choosing the devil you already know, or the angel you want to get to know. 

This could be divorcing and remarrying, starting a new career in a new industry, or moving to another state or country. The similarity between a video game and the real world is that you can reset components of your life. But the main difference is that there is no guarantee of success. 


Be Strategic With The EXP

Image of 2 types of roads: one with a winding road and the other with a straight path.

Every reset button in life comes with a roadmap. Everyone's roadmap is different since life is unpredictable. And to be honest, most people don't map out their lives, leading them to live life unpredictably with twists and turns. 

Even though life is unpredictable, when you start game planning your life, you will have higher odds of success. This is also because most people aren't strategic at all. Once you develop stratagems for all of your decisions, you will have higher chances of success.

David vs. Goliath (Video Game Version)

Image of David vs Goliath, the video game version.

Starting over is scary. Take for example if you decided to start your career over in a new industry. You will face new obstacles that you have yet to overcome. It can feel daunting and overwhelming. Chances are that the people you work or compete with have been doing this for much longer than you. Thus, you are starting at level 0.

In order to make yourself known among a sea of talented people, you must learn and implement knowledge at a steadily rapid pace, and you must be able to market yourself to stand out. This will help you move up the corporate or entrepreneurial value ladder. 

End at Level 99

Image of a wizened old video game man that is at level 99.
Using the previous example of career change, once you maxed out your experience points in the chosen career path, you must learn to forge new paths that create a stronger, more durable character. For example, if you initially chose to pick digital marketing as a new career path and it is now maxed out, you must decide what other skills to learn and max out on. If you did the research and strategically chose to skill up, and eventually max out on the new skill of 'programming', you would do so knowing that it will be skilled as a complement to your maxed out ones. 

Surely, nobody is perfect, and sometimes you will fail. But be mindful of the present while understanding that the future unknowns could be catastrophic. Once you understand and are at-peace with the fatalistic potential of your decisions, and you learn to keep going, you will have better odds of success. The more you troubleshoot and acquire new skills, while strategically game planning for success, you will slowly max out your skills. Focus on one skill acquisition at a time before you max out on the next ones. Don't let shiny object syndrome make you quit your path. 

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Life is a Video Game

Friday, August 4, 2023

Judge Elizabeth Resigns

Judge Elizabeth Scherer recently resigned from her post as a Circuit Judge in Florida. This came under the heels of a unanimous decision by the Judicial Qualifications Commission that found she violated rules of conduct in the Nikolas Cruz trial. 

The timing of the resignation, alongside the decisioning of conduct violations, belies that it was other than political pressure that forced her to resign. 

In this video, I explain why I felt the interaction between the Judge and the defense team created such a toxic atmosphere:


Chess Gambits


A case of this magnitude, arguably Judge Scherer's biggest career case, can stress anybody. Not only was this highly publicized, but it also spanned 6 months. There were chess-like moves that were employed by all parties, which likely resulted in the case moving slow. 

At first glance, Judge Scherer seems to be a direct personality who does not fluff her answers. It is this trait that appeared when it appeared as if the defendants were employing "chess moves" that prolonged the trial. 

As you saw from the video, Scherer attempts to move the trial forward when she states that "90% of the trial was professional." As a result, she didn't cede to the defense counsel's desires to communicate about some of the "unprofessional" moments which transpired. 

Likewise, a few ways the judge tried to silence the defense counsel's chess gambits were to gaslight them. One example is when she reframed the jr. defense counsel's complaint. This attorney voiced contempt at how his kids were mentioned during the trial. He followed that up by asking the judge what she would do if, vis-Ć -vis, her children were talked about. Directly after this, she rebuked the attorney, stating that threats to her children were wrong and uncalled for. She reframed the question by turning it into a threat in order to silence him. Following that, she dismissed him from speaking further by asking him to sit down. 

Ultimately, this case was frippery. It had slippery moments where it appeared as though the defense counsel were doing as much as they could to postpone the trial. In the video, at approximately 05:30, you can tell that the Judge was displeased at its pace. When she asked the prosecution team "Are you going to have anything ready today?", it was followed up with "No," because the defense team had planned on calling 80 witnesses, and they were still waiting on 40. The judge then vented furiously citing highly unprofessional behavior by everyone involved.

The biggest moment, and one reason why the Judicial committee was involved, was what happened after the trial was over. After Cruz was sentenced a life sentence with no death penalty or possibility of parole, she hugged the prosecution team and some of the victims' family members. This was reported to by the defense team, alleging impartiality towards the defense counsel. This was added onto other complaints by the defense counsel alleging hostility towards them throughout the trial. 

Judge Elizabeth Scherer hugs the prosecution team at trial's end (3).


The Black Mirror

This is a black mirror of life. An example of this is the corporate world. As people move up the ladder of social drudgery, they do so by navigating the social vines of communication. They do their best to keep their personal opinions private, hold their tongue when they are wrongly chastised, produce quality work that may or may not be miscredited, and communicate with people of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds or personality types, et. al. 

 
All of this is tied to the human resources department, which is in charge of compliance, to ensure that there are no business impacts related to inclusivity. There are all sorts of communicational challenges that people face in life that have direct impacts to their own growth. And this also shows the pressures of attempting to please everybody.

 
Judge Scherer doing such a small yet impactful gesture, like hugging the prosecution team and family members of victims, allowed the world to see that she is human and on the side of justice. But also, it showed them that she may also be impartial.  


Judge Elizabeth Scherer hugs victim's family members (3).

 

While this case was ruled correctly, with the perpetrator receiving 34 life sentences, could this remain true for other cases where it isn't so easy to conclude? 

What if the wrong person was improperly jailed, having lived in the correctional institute for 10 years, before being found not guilty when technology improved? 


Alter Egos

Imagine reframing the defense team as a Fred: a person who is cunning and willing to navigate the frippery slopes of persuasion to get what he wants. 

Then imagine reframing the judge with Suzy: a direct, yet fiery person who is incredibly empathetic to people that are down on their luck. Now place both of these people in a corporate setting. 

 
The corporate setting is the collections department of a major bank. And the role is as a Collection's Specialist. This role requires doing inbound or outbound calls that deal with asking for and taking payment of overdue loans. Day in and day out, both Suzy and Fred have to be in charge of talking to people that have difficulties in life that are preventing them from being able to pay these loans. 

 
Fred is someone who has the gift of gab and a slick personality that enables him to finagle social interactions to get what he wants. This allows him to remove the emotional equation out and thrive in this role. However, this does not mean he is unemotional. He too feels guilty when the pressures of this role, while hearing the stories people tell, put the weight of guilt on him.  

 
Suzy is equally as adept as Fred, except that when she successfully thrives in the role, she feels heartbroken that it is on the backs of the people she is taking payments from. She becomes racked with guilt. 

 
Both Fred and Suzy are completely different, but both have consciouses. They both materialize and synthesize empathy differently, but it doesn't make them wrong. But when they work together on some projects, that is when things get toxic. 

 
Fred is more process-driven, and desires to ensure that work gets done on a compliance basis while being able to talk to customers with a friendly demeanor. He is more rigid than Suzy, because he is pressured with all sorts of HR-risks otherwise. As a result, he does not want to give any wiggle room to the people he works for and with. 

 
Suzy is more people-driven, and desires to ensure that she gets her work done. But because of how empathetic she is, she morally or in good conscious, cannot take money from people that are really down on their luck. As a result, she may let slip of an upcoming project the company is working on that will help a customer. However, she was not supposed to provide this internal memo to customers before it was created as it can cause material risk. 

 
Both of them feel like they are doing a great job at work and that they are not doing anything wrong. But when they work together, they both feel as though the other person is doing a terrible job. Their personality traits clash. 



Takeaway

There are pros and cons to every personality type and their communication styles. But not every style, or method of delivery, is conducive to a group atmosphere. 

The goal is to tailor interactions for each person based on their personality types by avoiding methods of delivery that will trigger the worst outcome for them. 

The 4 personality types are: Driver, Supportive, Promoter, and Analyst

But while tailoring the interactions by avoiding conflict is a good way to promote the overall peace, it is not the full picture. 

Boundaries must be enforced. In a corporate setting that would be compliance laws such as inclusivity or internal affairs. Without boundaries, there are no rules, so this must be enforced. There are healthy balances that must be developed, and this is why communication is such a difficult gambit to master. 

Empathy must be carried out in a manner that promotes the overall vision of the company or person. People can detect disingenuous empathy, and likewise, other people can finesse over-empathy.  



 

References

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  2. Gothner C, De La Rosa C. Elizabeth Scherer, judge in Parkland shooter case, resigns from bench. WPLG [Internet]. 2023 May 11; Available from: https://www.local10.com/news/local/2023/05/10/elizabeth-scherer-judge-in-parkland-shooter-case-resigns-from-bench/

  3. Vazquez C, Torres A. Judge’s hugs after Parkland school shooter’s sentencing become controversial. WPLG [Internet]. 2022 Nov 4; Available from: https://www.local10.com/news/local/2022/11/03/judges-hugs-after-parkland-school-shooters-sentencing-become-controversial/

Is Judge Elizabeth Scherer Toxically Empathetic?

Why Personality Types Matter

Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of personality types will allow one to develop networking systems. It helps people know what to say, how to say them, and proper moments to speak based on each situation. It will help people know why they do things and to find solutions to any roadblocks.

The Driver

 
Driver personality types are natural-born leaders. They are goal-oriented with big picture in mind. They are persistent go-getters with achieving their goals. As a result, they are not mindful of the small details. Due to knowing what they want, they persistently get after their goals. And they force this vision among those they work with.

Because of this determination, they can be insensitive and aggressive. They can also be unempathetic and impatient. With big-picture goals in mind, they can make rash decisions without thorough planning. Thus, they may delegate some of these tasks to the Analysts with high-pressure deadlines. 

For these reasons, they are polar opposites to the Analysts who specialize in the small details that comprise long term goals. 

The Analyst


Analysts are high-performance professionals that seem cold at first approach. They think deeply about their tasks and place a high degree of importance to assignments placed on them. As a result, they are perfectionists, self-disciplined, and organized. 

Because of this, Analysts are moody, hypercritical, and negative. They place so much pressure on themselves to perform that they may overanalyze things which may result in conflict with Drivers.

Decision making can become a weakness to them, i.e., analysis by paralysis or allowing perfectionism to halt completion of assignments. They also prefer working alone as they may have a specific vision for their assignments.

Although it might seem like Drivers are their polar opposites, it is actually the Promoters. This is because Analysts' preference for negative criticism, and perfectionism. They might also prefer solo over group projects. They will not be able to get things done with Promoters on their team because of their disorganization.  


The Promoter


Promoters are expressively outgoing personalities that are the life of the party. They enjoy having fun, making new friends, and feeling involved. They love being in groups, whether it be at work, clubs, or coffeeshops. 

As a result, they care persuasive, charismatic, and excel in environments where networking is of important. They know how to speak in ways that inject life into words. They are likeable can make friends easily. 

The downsides of being charismatic is that they exhibit disorganization and carelessness. This can overwhelm the other personality types. That is because promoters talk tirelessly. They talk for hours, and if unchecked, overwhelmingly so. This is paired with expressive cadence, tempo, hyperbole, and tone. 

The other types may have trouble finding a stopping point when talking with them as a result of endless conversations, whether on purpose or not. This is because promoters breathe just enough to quickly back into their storytelling conversation. 

Their polar opposites are Analysts because they prefer engaging, highly expressive conversations which they do not get with Analysts who generally speak in monotonous, serious tones. 


The Supportive


Supportives, also known as Amiables, are personality types known for keeping the peace. They are not direct with their intentions, as a result of wanting to be inoffensive. As a result, they can be highly empathetic or sympathetic and kind people. 

Supportive types are easygoing and non-assuming. They dislike getting into arguments and tend to listen more than they talk. As a result, they have highly developed diplomatic skills. 

However, because of their distaste for conflict, if they feel consistently threatened, they will internally retreat. This will make it difficult to develop trust as they will continually push their feelings inwards without communicating to others why. 

The polar opposites of amiable types are Drivers. This is because they dislike conflict, whereas Drivers tend to be direct without thinking of other's feelings. 


Overcome Roadblocks

Pinpointing one's personality type will expand understanding of interpersonal dynamics. It will explain why they do or do not get along with others that exhibit polar opposite traits. This will expand interpersonal skillsets to overcome roadblocks like working in group projects with polar opposite personalities. This increases the chances of winning friends and influencing people. Doing this will increase the odds of large success. 

The 4 Quadrants of Personality

Tuesday, July 18, 2023

When Too Much Empathy Clouds Judgment

Empathy – the ability to understand and share the feelings of others – is generally lauded as a virtue in modern society. It fosters connection, engenders compassion, and helps to build a more understanding world. However, like many things in life, too much of a good thing can quickly turn into a bad thing. Over-empathy is a phenomenon where the line between self and other blurs, often leading to a dark and tangled web of emotional confusion. It borders on sympathy, the feeling of pity or sorrow for someone else's misfortune, and it can lead to impaired judgment.


Understanding Empathy

Empathy is a crucial part of human interaction. It allows us to relate to others on a deep level and to appreciate their perspectives. It forms the bedrock of compassion, understanding, and kindness, creating bonds that help individuals and communities thrive. But when empathy becomes excessive, it can lead to a host of problems.


The Problem of Over-Empathy

Excessive empathy can result in what psychologists call 'emotional contagion', a state where you so deeply feel the emotions of others that you take them on as your own. Over time, this emotional burden can become unbearable, leading to emotional exhaustion and burnout. It can also blur the boundaries between your feelings and those of others, making it difficult to distinguish your emotions, needs, and desires.


Moreover, over-empathy can easily slip into sympathy. While empathy involves sharing others' feelings, sympathy involves feeling sorry for them. Empathy creates a connection, while sympathy can create a divide, often casting one person as a victim and the other as a rescuer. In this way, too much empathy can lead to unhelpful and unhealthy dynamics.


Over-Empathy and Impaired Judgment

In addition to the potential for emotional exhaustion, over-empathy can have a profound effect on our ability to make sound decisions. When we're so absorbed in another's emotions, we may lose sight of our own perspective. This clouded judgment can result in decisions that are not in our own best interest or in the best interest of those we care about.


For example, consider a parent who feels their child's disappointment so deeply that they intervene and try to fix every little problem. While their intention is to help, this behavior can prevent their child from learning valuable coping skills. Or consider a friend who constantly sacrifices their own needs to cater to a friend's emotional ups and downs, neglecting their own emotional health in the process.


In the realm of public policy and social issues, over-empathy can also lead to biases and unfair outcomes. When policymakers are overly empathetic towards one group, they might overlook the needs of another. This can result in unbalanced policies that cause more harm than good.


Balancing Empathy with Rationality

Empathy is essential, but it shouldn't be our only guide. It's crucial to balance empathy with rationality. This means acknowledging and validating others' feelings, but also maintaining the ability to make objective judgments based on facts and logic. It means knowing when to set boundaries to protect your emotional health.


This isn't about becoming less empathetic, but rather, about becoming more discerning in our empathy. It's about recognizing when empathy is starting to slip into sympathy and stepping back when necessary. It's about learning to manage empathy in a way that is beneficial for everyone involved.


Conclusion

While empathy is a vital part of human interaction, like anything else, it can be taken to an extreme. Over-empathy can blur the lines between self and other, can border on sympathy, and can cloud our judgment. By balancing empathy with rationality, we can better serve ourselves and others, ensuring that our decisions are not driven by emotion alone, but are well-rounded, thoughtful, and truly beneficial.


Remember, the ultimate goal is not to eliminate empathy, but to harness it wisely, making it a powerful tool in our emotional toolkit rather than a burden. Our capacity for empathy is one of our greatest gifts – let's make sure we're using it in a way that truly serves us and those around us. 


Watch this video

Here I talk about some examples from my extroverted highly sensitive coworkers and how toxic it became.


The Dark Side of Empathy

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

 

A rule for deep work 

Deep work is a term popularized by productivity expert and Georgetown University professor Cal Newport. It refers to the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. Think of it as the difference between drafting a thoughtful, detailed report and rapidly toggling between email responses and social media updates. The former is deep work; the latter, not so much.


But how does one consistently achieve states of deep work in an increasingly distraction-prone world? One answer might come from a surprising place: the laws of physics. Newton's First Law of Motion, or the law of inertia, provides a powerful metaphor for achieving deep work. This law states that an object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in motion unless acted upon by an external force.


The Law of Inertia in Deep Work

Applying the law of inertia to deep work involves recognizing that the initial transition into a state of deep work is often the most challenging part. Similar to an object at rest that requires an initial snap to get moving, shifting your brain from a state of shallow work or rest into deep work mode requires an exertion of cognitive "force."


Once in motion—or once deeply focused—the law of inertia suggests it's easier to stay in motion. When you're fully immersed in a task, the momentum keeps you going, and it becomes easier to continue working deeply than to stop and start over again. This is the reason why uninterrupted blocks of time are so critical for deep work. They allow us to build up cognitive momentum and keep going.



Overcoming the Resistance

But what about the external forces that can stop an object in motion? In the context of deep work, these forces are the myriad distractions that our modern world is full of—emails, phone calls, social media notifications, noisy environments, and even our own wandering minds. These forces disrupt our cognitive momentum and snap us out of deep work.


To protect against these external forces, it is important to intentionally design our environment and routines to minimize distractions. This might include turning off notifications, setting boundaries for when and how you will check email or social media, finding a quiet place to work, or using tools and techniques such as the Pomodoro Technique to manage your time and maintain focus.


Cultivating Your Deep Work "Muscle"

Just as it takes time to build physical strength, it takes time to cultivate your deep work "muscle." The more you practice entering a state of deep work, the easier it becomes to make that transition. Over time, the cognitive "force" required to start deep work diminishes. What was once a strenuous push becomes a gentle nudge.


This is where daily habits and rituals come in. By establishing a routine—whether it's a morning meditation, a midday walk, or an end-of-day review—you can create cues that signal to your brain that it's time to transition into deep work mode. Over time, these cues become more powerful, making the transition into deep work smoother and easier.


Conclusion

In a world filled with distractions, achieving states of deep work can feel like an uphill battle. But by applying the law of inertia to your work habits, you can create a powerful tool for staying focused and productive. Remember: the hardest part is often getting started. Once you're in motion, it's easier to stay in motion. And with intentional design and consistent practice, you can cultivate a deep work habit that propels you toward your goals.

The Law of Inertia

Transforming Negative Chatter into Productivity using NLP

For anyone familiar with the age-old practice of snapping one's fingers to break a chain of thought, the SNAP method might seem a fresh take on a similar concept. This method leverages Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to redirect negative internal chatter toward productive activity. But how does it work, and what makes it so effective? Let's delve into it!


What is the SNAP Method?

The SNAP method is a simple but powerful NLP-based tool for interrupting and changing unwanted thought patterns and behaviors. SNAP stands for "Stop, Neutralize, Act, and Progress," and these four steps provide a quick and effective way to deal with negative chatter and move into action.


Here's a breakdown of the process:


  • Stop: As soon as you notice negative chatter or limiting beliefs creeping in, mentally yell "STOP!" This interrupts the negative cycle and prepares your mind for the next step.

  • Neutralize: Visualize your negative thoughts and feelings dissipating. For instance, imagine them as a dark cloud that is suddenly cleared away by a gust of wind, leaving a clear, open sky.

  • Act: Replace the neutralized negative chatter with positive and productive action. This could be anything from starting a task you've been postponing to practicing mindfulness.

  • Progress: Snap your fingers and keep moving forward, maintaining focus on your positive action. The goal is to build momentum that carries you past the point of distraction or negativity into Mushin.



Why NLP and SNAP Method Work Together?

NLP is based on the understanding that our thoughts, language, and behaviors are all interconnected. By changing one element (for instance, by interrupting and neutralizing negative thought patterns), we can influence others (in this case, encouraging productive behavior).


The SNAP method fits perfectly into the NLP framework. It offers a concrete way to enact the kind of change that NLP facilitates by interrupting negative chatter (thought), neutralizing it and immediately engaging in a positive activity (behavior), thereby reprogramming our thinking.


Implementing the SNAP Method

Here's how you can start applying the SNAP method in your daily life:


  • Awareness: The first step to implementing the SNAP method is developing awareness of your thought patterns. Pay attention to your internal dialogue and notice when it veers into negativity or self-limiting beliefs.

  • Response: Once you've identified the negative chatter, respond using the SNAP method. You might even want to snap your fingers as a physical representation of your commitment to stop the negative cycle.

  • Repetition: Like any skill, the effectiveness of the SNAP method improves with practice. The more you use it, the more automatic it will become.

  • Patience: Change doesn't happen overnight. It may take time to see significant results, but trust in the process and keep going.


Moving Forward with the SNAP Method

By applying the SNAP method regularly, you will find it easier to redirect your focus from unproductive rumination to constructive actions. The power of the SNAP method lies in its simplicity and immediacy, allowing you to cut through the noise of negative chatter and step into a state of productivity. Best of all, it consciously instigates the transition into deep work by way of Inertia


Remember, the goal is not to ignore or suppress your thoughts and feelings but to manage them more effectively. The SNAP method is just one of many tools that can help you do that. Keep exploring, practicing, and refining your approach until you find what works best for you. After all, the key to productivity and personal growth lies in continuous learning and self-improvement. Snap away to a more productive you! 


How the SNAP Method was born 



The SNAP Method

 
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