Saturday, 28 February 2009

Learning about Humans



We are a mixed-species pack. Tim and Mandy often read books about dogs so I thought I should read books to learn how humans work. I picked up a book about NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming.) Mandy is an NLP professional and is excellent at her job. She can help you to quit smoking, to lose weight and with many other things. Check out her websites. The book is called "Using your brain for a change" by Richard Bandler, who is one of the pioneers of NLP. It was an interesting read and an eye-opener. Apparently, what a lot of humans do is have an experience that makes them feel bad and then play it over and over in their mind. They also have something called a sense of humour which allows them to laugh at themselves but usually not for a long time after the event, and in the meantime they prefer to watch the movie again and again and feel bad. Fascinating creatures.

Richard Bandler says that usually when they play the movie and feel bad, they are in their bodies. When they can laugh at themselves is when they are outside their bodies and being an observer. He says;

"The best kind of humor involves looking at yourself in a new way. The only thing that prevents you from doing that with an event right away is not realizing that you can do it. When you get good at it, you can even do it while the event is happening."

I think it is good to look at things from a new perspective. I like to think about things from a human's point of view sometimes. I hear that some dogs actually write blogs under their humans name and pretend they are human. Personally, I think this is taking things too far.

Life is great when you get a new perspective on things.

58 comments:

Juliet Colors said...

Seeing the humor in things (myself included) is one of my favorite survival tools. Thanks for the new perspective on this, Ruby!

Braja said...

They pretend to be human? How bizarre. You're a smart girl, Rubes...

Henry the Dog said...

Like Juliet, mum gets through life by trying to laugh when bad stuff has happened to her. But laughing at the time of it happening is a new idea. It would have been difficult for her to laugh when the engine stopped that time in Uncle Hugh's flying car, but I guess she could have tried. It might have relaxed her. It's an interesting concept. Dogs trying to be human? Why on earth would they do that? We'd have to work, and worry about the credit munch, and earn money and stuff. No thanks!

Mango said...

Humans are way too complicated. I need to focus on being Mango!

Slobbers,
Mango

skywind said...

Dog is a kind of charming animals, is also a good friend of mankind. So have a lot of blog is based on the name of the dog's Writing. (Smile)

http://eyesinkaleidoscope.blogspot.com/
http://fymtyh.blogspot.com/

Black Jack's Carol said...

Very interesting, Ruby Isabella! I think I may pick up that book. I've always marveled at the things I learn from dogs, and you've just done it again. Thanks!!

Confessions of a Wandering Soul said...

Life is great when you get a new perspective on things. Thats why I
cant help but agree with this profound quote:

"“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman.The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.”
---Edward Hoagland

Honey the Great Dane said...

Aren't humans complicated, Ruby? My human, Hsin-Yi, says one reason she loves dogs and why they always make her happy is because of how we love the simple things in life and get so enthusiastic about everything ("oh! a tree! I saw it yesterday - but oh! it's still so exciting today! Oh! a rock! Oh! another tree!...") - we know what really matters and can be happy with simple things in life. That's really important. Humans think too much!! :)

Thanks for the new perspective! Do you think dogs have a sense of humour too?

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

Dughallmor Beagles said...

Haha....funny, clever Ruby! Let us know if you get any more enlightenment :o)
Slobbers xx

Ruby and Penny said...

Hi Ruby Isabella
You are the smartest dog we know.
Love Ruby & Penny

Ruby Isabella said...

Thank you everyone for your nice words.

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