Thursday, October 22, 2009


Pleasure- Pain Principle;

We are born with a pleasure principle, that we will seek immediate gratification of needs, for which our bodies reward us with feelings of pleasure.

The reverse is also true, and the pain principle says that, whilst seeking pleasure people will also seek to avoid pain.

The pleasure-pain principle was originated by Sigmund Freud in modern psychoanalysis, although Aristotle noted their significance in his 'Rhetoric', more than 300 years BC.

'We may lay it down that Pleasure is a movement, a movement by which the soul as a whole is consciously brought into its normal state of being; and that Pain is the opposite.'

Tony Robbins takes it one step further and says that our Pleasure-pain decisions are made up of rules/conditions we have set up to make each decision. Are you successful? How is your relationship? Do you have a great body? All are questions that people have different answers to. And the answers are from each individuals standards or rules they have set forth to make that them feel they do or do not.

Why do I bring this up? Are you successful? Well, what are your rules to make you say yes. Do you have a great relationship? Well, does the significant other know the 'rules" or standards you may or may not have told them to make you think you are in a happy, successful relationship. If you haven't told them, if might be unfair to hold them or yourself accountable if no one knows how to hold each other accountable. You can think of it as playing a game with your significant other, not telling them how to play the game, then getting mad and frustrated because they are not following the rules you didn't tell them.

This can hold true for anything you may be setting yourself up for constant let down, or pain(friendships, co-workers, business, family, any relationship):(

Done with this tangent now!

MY WOD; 091022


The Prayer....even though I know my boy JDP already posted it, it's that good to me!


Lion Heart said...

solid post LC!

georgia said...

Honesty & Communication - always comes back to those two things...with oneself and with others. Great post/reminder, Lance! :)

stacy said...

Thanks for the helpful info. When I learned about getting a sober companion it changed my life.

rahim said...

"Thinking" is good sharing, Thanks