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METHODS FOR “UNDERSTANDING” PROBLEMS

by Dr. Joseph A. Bailey II, MD., FACS on 19th-August-2017

Any significant problem faced is in a “Glob” condition. A "Glob" is "sticky" parts of different ingredients, items, or topics all tangled into a round maze. To illustrate, during this hot season, I would awaken every morning with bites on my forearms that were each very troublesome for 3 to 7 days. To try to discover the cause, I would often get up during the night to check my bed linen for bugs and would stay awake listening for mosquitoes—but to no avail. Then, when returning from out of town, I found my work station filled with different types of ants + one needle-like white bug. While handling that, I noticed two new bites. So, now, associating the bites with my work station rather than my bed required Organization and a Plan. Organization is the static Background Pattern for how to lay out a Dynamic Foreground planned Pattern of the Problem’s Essence inside the bull’s eye of an Archery Pad. The circles around that bull’s eye: (1) start with the Obvious so as to (2) uncover the Hidden; then, go deeper in order to (3) discover the Underlying Foundation that leads to its (4) Home Base to discern (5) the Source and nature of the bull’s eye Essence. In the above example, the Obvious is the bites on my forearms. The Hidden was what caused them. The new Underlying Foundation, suggesting the Cause, was getting bitten while handling the ants at my work-station. But the source was uncertain and thus calling for use of the Viable/Certainty Scale. First is "Viable"—(a 1 to 4% chance of happening and subdivisions of Barely Viable to Likely Viable (unrealized possible realities with a conceivable Potential chance); Second is “Possible”—with its subdivisions of Low Possible (5 to 9%); Medium Possible (10 to 24%); High Possible (25 to 49%); Third is the “Probable”—with its Low Probable (50 to 74%); Medium Probable (75 to 94%);  and High Probable (95 to 99%). “Certain” is 100%–a mature essence state of a realistic Being of a "Thing".

On the Archery Pad, Research begins at the most inviting point on the “Glob’s” surface for mentally entering the Obvious–examining that point for all available details. But a problem concerns how much of the Obvious does one see.  The Indo-European word “Blind” was originally not so much ‘sightlessness’ as ‘confusion’ and ‘obscurity’. Then the notion of someone wandering around in actual or mental darkness, not knowing where to go, naturally progressed to the ‘inability to see.’ The most common reason for this is failing to make space in ones daily living to put in the time, energy, and effort to learn to Think alone, with total focus, and sustained deep attention. Thinking leading to a Thriving and Happy life that embraces creating, enhancing, and maintaining Harmony while defending and protecting against Disharmony is impossible by doing any of the following: (1) Procrastinating in doing Necessities and the top half of the most important, in favor of pursuing ones Desires; (2) being addicted to watching television, being“excited” by Flashing Light Gadgets, Social Media, Technology, Trinkets, Trivia; (3) blaming, criticizing, finding fault in oneself and/or in others; (4) fearing change or being too lazy to disturb oneself; (5) arrogance in ones ignorance and foolishness, as in “knowing-it-all” about everything; (6) feeling entitled to anything; (7) having bad manners, as in not thanking people or not even responding to “gifts” from others (i.e. anything they did not have to do); (8) holding a grudge or hating anyone; and (9) having no Life’s plan and goals (e.g. for ones Family, Mission in life). People who are “blind to the obvious,” as in significant things like failing to see the “Elephant in the room,” have wide-ranging Private Selfhood problems and/or have been badly socialized. It is ones duty to uncover the Hidden within oneself, for that enables uncovering the Hidden in problems.

The Hidden in the above example was in not knowing what was biting me. By simply continuing the search inside the problem may result in insights leading to the Underlying Foundation. Example: wandering into Ants at my work-station was Serendipitous—a purposeful accidental discovery leading to the bull’s eye, as does Jazz. That detail uncovered what would likely connect to an Association of Details shedding mental light on the Hidden and what was Underlying the Hidden. This narrowed the remaining problem to whether it was the Ants or the white bug. Compared to the white bug’s chances, the percentages favored the Ants since they were more numerous, followed a predicable hot weather appearance pattern with my bites—and  over a long period of time. Hence, Ants were Highly Probably “Guilty!) jabaileymd.com; JABLifeSkills; Theievoice.com

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