Landmark Forum advocates solving of problems on a regular basis

This post was written by Emma Corley

Psychology is a vast subject. One can go on and on about the importance and use of psychology in human life. A human being will always face some sort of problem in his life. The poor man will have a problem figuring out where his next meal will come from. Similarly, a wealthy man will have problems about safeguarding his money. What does this signify? Everyone in the world has some problem of some sort plaguing him at all times. Is there a solution to it? Of course, there is but the solution does not solve all the problems in life. You need to develop a rational thinking. This is possible in the Landmark Forum courses.

A great psychologist was once conducting a lecture on the problems that people face and the ways they could adopt to solve them. As part of his lectures, he called upon a couple of volunteers on to the stage. He filled two glasses up to the half way mark with water and asked the two volunteers to hold them in their hands. Naturally, people were expecting him to pop up the regular optimistic/pessimistic question. However, he surprised everybody by asking them how heavy the glass of water felt in their hands. They said that the weight of half a glass of water would be much of a problem. He agreed and requested them to hold on to the glass until he asked them to put it down.

He continued with his lectures with these two volunteers on the stage holding on to the half-filled glasses. After about half an hour, he popped up the same question regarding the weight of the glass. This time, they volunteers replied that they felt their hands started to ache with the weight of the glass. Remember, the glass was the same and so was the quantity if water in it. The problem is the same but the effects are different.

He remarked that life was also something similar. The longer you hold on to a problem, the heavier it seems to become. His logic was that one should get rid of the problem as soon as possible because life is always full of problems. It can come up with a new one practically every day. Holding on to the older problems will only increase the load in your mind.

The Landmark Forum is also about advocating a similar outlook towards life. According to them, getting rid of the older problems will leave space for the newer ones to occupy. This can be a never ending process. This is what rational thinking is all about. Problems are bound to come in everyone’s life. Maybe the scale of the problem might be different. The President of America might be the most powerful man in the world today. Do you feel he does not have any problems? Of course, he has his own headaches. The scale of his problems can be huge by your standards but still, they are present. No one can wish them away.

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