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Part I: The Dynamics of Adjustment Ch 1: Adjusting to Modern Life August 30, 2007 Dr. Johnson
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The Paradox of Progress Are we really better off? Are we really happy? Are we really healthy? Are we adjusting to modern life?
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Adjusting to modern life: HELP! Where do we turn to for help? The science of Psychology can tell us a lot about how to adapt to modern life, and be happier and healthier, BUT . . .
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Buyer beware! Dr. Modesto breaks down Centralism into 30 rules, but at its heart is "Don't Be Yourself" ("Since your self grates on others, and makes you miserable, get rid of it"). The happy man is the one "Just Like Everybody Else." To be "more average than anyone,' one must "live centrally," even moving to the center of town. Modestotality further demands: 1) "Think centrally, which is to say, believe in nothing, but give your loyalty to any popular cause in the vicinity." 2) "Work centrally . . . You should not rise to the top. Get ahead, but moderately." 3) "Play centrally. Never be a champion . . . You will know the joys of coming in second when the chips are down." The reward for all this: "The ecstasy of mediocrity." From Time Magazine
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Buyer beware: Example The Secret “Fragments of a Great Science have
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