A Short Treaty on Humanology

A Short Treaty on Humanology

written by: Mrs. Jessica Lockhart
by: Mrs. Jessica Lockhart
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A SHORT TREATY ON HUMANOLOGY

Abstract

Humanology is the discipline that studies and works with and for human beings. With double roots on academic knowledge and personal experience, humanologists help other human beings understand, explain, question and develop themselves.

Humanology works with the intangibles in human beings. It helps them understand themselves and find new ways to interpret their reality. In order to do so, humanology acts at different levels by offering people tools that can help them move forward, no matter what their level of development and understanding.

Keywords

Humanology; personal sphere; personal essence; optimism coaching, beliefs, worldview, human being model

WHAT IS HUMANOLOGY?

Humanology is the discipline that studies and works with and for human beings. With double roots on academic knowledge and personal experience, humanologists help other human beings understand, explain, question and develop themselves.

Humanology works with the intangibles in human beings. It helps them understand themselves and find new ways to interpret their reality. In order to do so, humanology acts at different levels by offering people tools that can help them move forward, no matter what their level of development and understanding.

In order to proficiently use the tools that each client needs, the Humanologist must have very solid academic and (when applicable) scientific knowledge of each methods, strategies, techniques and philosophies used with his or her clients.

A true Humanologist will have a varied, well-lived life and many experiences to draw examples and understandings from. In order to understand another human being, the professional Humanologist needs to empathize with the other person and can only do that if he/she has anything in his experience that can help him/her understand what the client is going through and talking about.

The four levels of intervention

Humanology offers four levels of intervention to help human beings reach their full potential. From apathy to mastering new changes, not all clients will need the four levels. Some will just prefer to focus on one or several. Humanologists should master the four of them and know when to suggest the best ones and the appropriate contents and tools from each of the four levels to offer their clients.

Optimism coaching[1]: method used to help human beings recover their basic level of energy. It is applied when the client is so depressed, uncertain or weak, that no change is possible. Optimism coaching helps human beings recover their motivation and drive and prepares them to approach change and growth.

Discovery and understanding: combination of methods and strategies to help the person understand where he/she stands, what limitations are blocking or hindering him/her and where he/she wants to be. This stage helps human beings open themselves to new insights and understandings and is necessary in order to grow. The Humanologist typically displays a lot of academic and scientific knowledge at this stage, helping the client gather new perspectives and views.

The most common tools displayed by Humanologists at this level include any type of teaching, a wide array of introspection and analysis techniques and methodologies, measurement tools,

Growth and change: the person learns to apply the tools that will help him/her really move from where they are to where they want to be.

Many different techniques and methods can be used in this stage, all depending on the person's knowledge, personality, goals and understanding: many coaching and mentoring techniques, absolute forgiveness,[2] planning tools, positive psychology methods, etc.

Confirmation: change won't last unless strengthened by repetition and reinforcement. This stage confirms the new learning and makes the change permanent.

Humanologists help their clients at this level by displaying a wide variety of tools and strategies that will vary depending on the clients' goals.

Humanologists may combine different tools even from different levels at the same time. They will help their clients choose the optimum pace and combination for them, based on their situation, their limitations and their goals.

THE BASIC HUMAN BEING MODEL

Although human beings are complex beings, we all share certain common elements that make us unique and different from other animals. Humanology defines and works with the following basic components in human beings:

The four basic elements of any Human Being are:

  • a personal sphere,
  • a unique, immutable personal essence
  • beliefs, and
  • a personal world view.

Personal sphere: refers to the set of intangible assets that belong only to each human being; everything that is theirs and can't be given to any other human being or taken from them by anybody else. A person's personal sphere treasures his or her thoughts, feelings, beliefs, fears, wishes, dreams, ideas, opinions, attitudes, memories, and so on... Things that they can talk about but not physically give anybody else. It is usually depicted as a bubble or all-enclosing circle surrounding a person. Each human being has his or her own personal sphere.

Personal spheres cannot be entered or invaded by anybody else. Everything stored there was originally placed there by the person whose personal sphere contains it and only that person can remove anything from it.

A human being's personal sphere contains all other components that make that person human, including but not limited to all the intangible assets mentioned above, plus that person's personal essence, beliefs and worldview.

When other people try to enter somebody's personal sphere, they might end up feeling frustrated because of the impossibility of the task, in spite of which, many people spend many hours in their lives trying to do exactly that. When somebody feels that another person is trying to enter their personal sphere, they might feel bothered, upset or uncomfortable and can resent it. Any attempt to make another person feel, think, fear, wish for or abstain from anything is an attempt to invade that person's personal sphere.

Only the owner of a personal sphere can introduce anything in it. As kids, we learn to do this unconsciously. Being aware of the processes that human beings follow in order to enter or remove something from personal spheres constitutes a key discovery and progress in the development of human beings.

Understanding this basic truth about human beings can help drastically reduce the amount of conflict among people. Nobody can enter anybody else's personal sphere. Nobody can really make anybody else feel, believe or think anything or have any real influence on what is kept there. It is therefore only through helping the person see other choices so he or she can choose, that real change is achieved.

Personal Essence: Upon birth, human beings have no opinions, no beliefs, no fears, and no preconceptions. We all come to life with a blank slate on which to write our own view of the world. What we experience and learn will clearly influence our view of the world. But underneath all that lies something that already makes us different upon birth: personal essence.

Identical twins already present distinct personalities the moment they're born, before any learning or development can take place. That's because they have their own unique personal essence that distinguishes one from the other. Personal essence is the conceptualization of our innermost nature. In this theory on humanology, personal essence represents the concept that best describes what we are when everything else is removed from us; when there's no feeling, no thought, no body; that which observes the thinking self. Personal essence remains immutable throughout life and is the reason that explains those sudden feelings, good or bad, one can experience when meeting an unknown person for the first time; they are based on personal essence compatibility. Furthermore, human beings are at their purest personal essence when in the state of flow described by psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi[3], when human beings are so much focused on something that the world around them seems to vanish, time seems to stop and there's nothing but the activity they are involved in and the person itself. In the state of flow, human beings are and experience their personal essence.

Personal essence constitutes the ground on which the human being stands. It influences everything else and gives each human being their distinct, unique nature.

Everything above personal essence in the graphic on top represents a person's personality. Personalities evolve and change as we learn and grow. Personal essence remains unaltered.

Beliefs: Beliefs are created from a person's interpretation of events and the world around him or her based on previous, accumulated experience. They constitute the foundations of the human being. Solid beliefs mean solid foundations. Many of those beliefs are established in childhood and are so perfectly assimilated that they become unconscious beliefs and people don't even realize that they have them.

Beliefs completely affect the way a human being lives his or her life. If a person believes, for example, that others are evil, his or her relationships will be directly biased by that belief.

Beliefs can change in time. As they are part of the human personal sphere, for them to be replaced by other belief, the person has to exchange them. When a belief is questioned, the person might feel insecure and uncertain. When three or more beliefs are simultaneously questioned, he or she might go into crisis.

Beliefs are built upon the personal essence of a human being and originally affected by it.

Beliefs guide the person's actions and determine the rest of the person's elements in the personal sphere. Thus, if a person has a certain belief about something, it will affect the way that person feels about it or how he or she thinks about it. Beliefs affect everything else and result in our unique and personal worldview.

Worldview: each human being perceives the world in a unique, singular way based on his or her experiences and beliefs. So, if a person is for instance afraid of something, he or she might perceive a certain reality different from the way another person who doesn't feel that fear might see. The worldview is directly based on a person's beliefs and those beliefs are, simultaneously, fed and nurtured by the way in which we perceive the world. It's a never-ending feedback loop.

A limited worldview based on just limited experience results, as the model predicts, in a limited array of perspectives and choices. The greater and wider the world view, the bigger the possibilities and perspectives the person can see.

Although reality is the way it is, human beings can only perceive it through their personal sphere and worldview. Thus, no two persons will see it exactly the same way. This results in many conflicts and misunderstandings. Understanding and using this model can therefore help human communication and development.

Humanology works on the personal sphere and its contents. The four levels of intervention help human beings clarify and understand themselves and undertake and implement whatever changes they want.

THE PERSONAL SPHERE AND ITS CONTENTS

The personal sphere of each human being includes every intangible possession a person has. In rough terms, we could divide its contents into two distinct types of possessions: mental and sentimental ones.

Mental possessions in the personal sphere: Human beings store certain "mental" possessions in their personal spheres such as: thoughts, beliefs, fears, wishes, dreams, etc.

Sentimental possessions in the personal sphere: Some of the emotional possessions human beings store in their personal spheres include feelings, emotions and intuition.

Humanologists help their clients discover, understand and handle both types of contents in their personal sphere. The type of intervention will depend on what the client wants and needs. The objective is always to help the client expand his or her worldview and thus grow. Interventions can include mental, sentimental or physical exercises and intuitive or cognitive work, as deemed necessary.

APPLIED HUMANOLOGY

Everything in our world has to do with human beings, even if only because we perceive it. As such, humanology can be applied and successfully used in almost any field of existence. As a new philosophy and understanding of human beings, humanology offers clarity and a clear framework of reference that explains who we are and what we are like. Some of its current fields of application are:

Personal humanology:

Humanology obviously helps human beings individually and its tools can be used in one-to-one or group sessions.

Executive or industrial humanology:

Humanological knowledge and tools help companies deal with and solve all types of problems: from staff issues to goal setting and company vision and mission definition. Company excellence can only be reached by human beings and, to do so, human beings must excel. Humanology also helps companies create a better atmosphere for their employees who will, in turn, feel more satisfied, work better and yield better results.

Financial humanology:

Understanding the humanological component of our financial arrangements gives us clarity and a greater grip and control over our decisions. Discovering which beliefs limit us financially and having the tools to change whichever we don't want or need anymore will help human beings move much further and open the door to new goals and objectives. Money and financial markets are, after all, a human invention.

Humanology for children and at schools:

"Human beings aren't born with an instruction manual in their hands," people complain. But humanology can easily act as that instruction manual. When children are given these tools at an early age, their development and happiness is so much greater, that there is like a quantum leap in their growth as human beings. Humanology should be compulsory in schools.

[1] More information on Optimism Coaching can be found in "The Optimist in You, an Optimism-Coaching handbook" by Jessica J. Lockhart (CreateSpace, 2015)

[2] Although there are many forgiveness techniques in the market, Absolute Forgiveness was designed and developed by Jessica J. Lockhart to cover and include many different aspects of forgiveness.Other humanologists may use a combination of different tools to reach the same results.

[3] Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly (1990). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York, NY: Harper and Row.