You often adjust to the limits at hand. Your needs cannot always be fully resolved. You orient yourself to whatever you find available. And you’re in in good company.

 

Consider this. When psychosocial imbalance persists, you become accustomed to it. You find yourself “oriented” to this daily norm of less resolved self-needs or social-needs.

 

You find yourself guarding how you satisfactorily resolved the one set of needs. While generalizing with others how to ease the other set of painfully felt needs.

 

You may relate poorly to those who routinely resolve the needs that routinely elude you. They in turn likely relate poorly to you. Are you starting to see the roots of your political differences?

 

Opposing psychosocial orientations: DEEP or WIDE

 

How you negotiate this imbalance emerges as your psychosocial orientation. Let’s subject this to parallel parsing. You either experience a

  • wide psychosocial orientation,

or a

  • deep psychosocial orientation.

 

A wide orientation compels you to focus more broadly. Your pressing social-needs pull you to focus wide, even at the risk of turning shallow.

 

A deep orientation compels you to focus more personally. Your pressing self-needs pull you to focus deep, sometimes at the risk of being narrow.

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You likely found others with similar experiences, similar needs, and similar outlooks. In the public marketplace of ideas with possible supports, you find it’s generally easier to keep your subjective needs shared at the safer “objective” front of political arguments.

 

Beneath the veneer of your political outlook resides your more vulnerably felt needs. In public spaces, away from your most intimate encounters, it’s generally easier to convince others how best to respect your needs when couched as broadly supported political platforms.

 

Your inward psychosocial orientation finds a safer expression in your outward political rhetoric.

 

Entering the realm of “transpolitics”

 

No, it’s not about the politics of transgender people. As used here, "transpolitics" simply means transcending politics. Specifically, extending outside the tribalism of divisively generalizing about each other, to connect more closely with the confined humanity on all sides.

 

Transpolitics moves not only beyond partisanship, and beyond bipartisanship, but even beyond nonpartisanship. Partisanship in all of its flavors presumes a reliance on generalizations for how to act in the people’s interest. Transpolitics steps outside of that oft limiting assumption, to give due attention to each other’s specific needs.

 

Transpolitics is not splitting the difference between political sides, not a false balance, or false compromise, or negotiated middle ground. Biased claims of a false balance can itself be false

These occur from within the biases of unmet needs. Transpolitics steps outside of bias with its illuminating anakelogical perspective, to finally observe needs and their biases more clearly.

 

Transpolitics challenges the notion we humans can simply choose to believe what is rational. We in fact choose what aligns with our dire needs, whether rational or not. Especially where self-continuance depends upon it. Our psychosocial orientation provides the lens through which we formulate, quite subjectively, our need-serving political beliefs. It's just safer to express as a political orientation.

Of course, the process is much more complex than briefly represented here. For a more thorough treatment, please check out the eCourse at Udemy, starting with the free previews. If you're on a tight budget, ask me about any available discounts. I trust it will open doors for you in ways you’ve never seen before.

WIDE focus

 

If your self-needs become routinely more resolved than your social-needs, you typically develop a WIDE psychosocial focus.

 

SELF > SOCIAL

 

Nature pulls your attention  

  • to guard how your self-needs get satisfactorily resolved,

 

while pulling you to find some way  

  • to ease your persistently painful social-needs.

 

Your pressing social-needs pull you to focus on the more social dimensions of humanity. For example, how society should be more inclusive of personal differences, especially of oppressed minorities, in the name of democratic ideals.

 

You may take for granted your more resolved self-needs. Or fight tooth and nail if the way your self-needs enjoy resolution seems threatened.

 

In short, your focus stretches wide.

 

You focus more on the wider social dimensions of life, and less on the deeper personal dimensions. You attend to the diverse needs across society, including those outside your immediate groups. You’re less attentive to the integral bonds of interpersonal cohesion.

 

I suspect your WIDE focus correlates significantly with a liberal outlook.

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DEEP focus

 

If your social-needs become routinely more resolved than your self-needs, you typically develop a DEEP psychosocial focus.

 

SOCIAL > SELF

 

Nature pulls your attention

  • to guard how your social-needs get satisfactorily resolved,

 

while pulling you to find some way

  • to ease your persistently painful self-needs.

 

Your pressing self-needs pull you to focus on the more personal dimensions of humanity. For example, how individual rights are sacred and may prove essential for the cohesion of smaller social units in a healthy democracy.

 

You may take for granted your more resolved social-needs. Or fight tooth and nail if the way your social-needs enjoy resolution seems threatened.

 

In short, your focus digs deep.

 

You focus more on the deeper personal dimensions of life, and less on the wider social dimensions. You attend to the integral bonds of interpersonal social cohesion. You’re less attentive to larger social concerns such as the needs of others outside of your immediate groups.

 

I suspect your DEEP focus correlates significanlty with a conservative outlook.

Your psychosocial orientation

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