How Good Feelings Might Arise from Using the Shared Situation Guide

A TED talk by Jonathan Haidt makes it easier to explain some of the potential benefits I see from using the Shared Situation Guide. In this post on the Shared Situations site, I explain why and summarize. But you’ll probably like the talk for reasons of your own too.

Shared Situations

Even though the TED talk below is called “Religion, Evolution, and the Ecstasy of Self-Transcendence,” part of what Jonathan Haidt is talking about is groups coming together around shared situations. Perhaps some of the same effects he mentions (I’ll discuss some below) will result from using the shared situation guide. We’ll have to see. Let’s find out.

Some of the effects he mentions include:

  • Your self-interest and your sense of self becoming less dominant.
  • A sense of uniting into a team and of communal effort.
  • Life seeming more interconnected.
  • The things above feeling good and being uplifting.

Haidt also mentions that nature’s solution to the more destructive extremes of self-interest is containment, or putting related elements “into the same boat.” In a sense, this is what using the shared situation guide does, especially when deployed via our mobile devices (rather than just on our computers). In other words, the people…

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