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Chapter 2.5 from a book The Mind of a Winner
(The EFSI Intro Seminar)
Placing "above" and "below"
Author: Sergey Kronin
2.5.2. The criteria of "placings": basement of self-respect and
right for personal opinion
This state is characterized by as follows: own emotions and thoughts are placed in the forefront. That’s why exactly in this condition a man is able to analyze maximally effective everything that happens around and make own decisions, which are not generated by external actions. It may be said that a man becomes master of himself only when he learns the mechanics of placing "above".
I shall notice thereupon that precisely expression of own individuality and own lifestyle formation is the main task of the EFSI. So there is no wonder that own inner emotions are standing in the first place in SFERO*, and they are reflected in outward. It can be readily understood that concerning placing "below" the matter stands on contrary": a man feels emotions which are induced by outward. It means that a man who lives in "placing below" is firstly perceptive to the external actions that cause emotions from him as if they strike sparks out of flint. In that case the psychological view about the antecedence of external actions is objectively right.
When a man self-confidently holds position of placing "above", his speech is unimpassioned and unhurried, his intonations are assured and univocal, the quality of a voice is full, like man speaks using whole capacity of his lungs. The main criteria are a straight neck and relaxed body, and permanent inner comfort: physical, emotional and mental.
On the contrary, the placing "below" is determined by pinched neck, bending in front or hunching, as if a man is always bowing and too actively wagging his head and neck. It may be said that he moves his head too much from side to side, as if he is incommoded by something and tries to sleep off this feeling and shake it off from the head. Hence it appears a feeling of pressure and distinctive of poise of the head, that is characterized for placing below: as if a man unsuccessfully tries to up some burden by his head that lies on it. So, main states of this placing are feelings of self-pity, anxiety, bustle, whereof man gets these characteristic tones of yammering and crying of his voice.
These whimpering and crying tones of voice are amplified because all muscles of neck are pinched. This state evokes feeling of own insufficiency that calls forth inner conflict often adjoining with inner nerve storm.
I will notice that manifestation of significance means inability to come out of continual state of placing "below". Speech of such man alternates to a cry, raising his voice. As usual inner dissatisfaction pours out as blames on somebody for problems: a man who gets used to place "below" has always someone who is to blame but not himself.
Placing "below" always means standing on unfamiliar territory, it is a playing game with foreign rules. If we look deeper into the extramental motives of a man, we will find that inability of placing "above" shows potential wish to obey. That’s why socially prosperous men who get used to communicate with people from the placing "above" can easily define whether there is an equal person or a potential auxiliary. They may simply look on man and feel how he "places" to them.
State of placing "below" may be characterized as self-association with opponent. Man is always conducted, wishes of other men are more important for him than his own purposes, wishes, states, problems; he associates himself with them absolutely. The most calamitous thing for individuality of a man who places "below" is that he is always bound up in somebody. Other words he finds important everything that is important for opponent but not for himself. So we may say that this man has only a fancy that he has own wishes and aims, actually these are wishes and aims of a man, below which he places. So, habit of placing "below" provokes displacement of own wishes by wishes of other man.
* "SFERO Conception: of the Rules on the Formation of occasions", author Sergey Kronin, published in Moscow, 2006.
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