huMAN THINK… character psychology examined

Cover of "The Innocent"

Cover of The Innocent

Recently inheriting a book not of my usual personal reading taste to save it for donation rather than chuck it out as was the intent of the person I rescued it from, I find myself picking it up and opening it randomly.

There on page 161 of Harlan Coben’s bestselling “The Innocent,” I read this passage:

“… it was just a question of black and white. Those in his very small white zone – his wife, his kids,  (friend, friend’s family) … he’d protect with his dying breath. The rest of the world was black and inanimate, a distant backdrop.”

Could “huMANthink” really be so simple? Have I been complicating my own life by expecting other human beings to simply “walk their talk”?

Everything in the world is just a distant backdrop, save what is up close and personal right now, apparently. No wonder all the indulgences, lies and duplicitous behaviours that are not in line with internal self images and self-identification if this is so. Everything in the world as merely a stage for their immediate presence and persona.

Okay, okay, I am not Sunday morning man bashing and I do know the psychology all goes far deeper than this. Still, based on my own real life experiences, I find there is a lot of “stage talk” with not so much solid second, third or closing act.

Has a bestselling fictional work of mystery by Harlan Coben finally answered my own mental mutterings and stutterings over the perpetually perplexing statements some men (and/or women) make in direct opposition of their contradictory actions?

Lord, why did I buy and read all those self-help books all these years.  No wonder it has taken me so long to understand people. Wait. I don’t understand people at all. I am still just learning… as fast as I possibly can.

Thus, I am hooked by Harlan Coben’s character psychology and I’ll continue reading before I go off to the donation drop box that others may, too, finally grasp the simplicity of huMANthink.

Black and white, I must not forget, black and white, black and white, I am a backdrop prop only… black and white… backdrop…

JAM 29April2012

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26 thoughts on “huMAN THINK… character psychology examined

    • So true nothing is that simple. Thanks for your compliment, if I can make anyone thing about anything in a way differently than they did before reading, that’s a compliment of the highest order xo

    • So glad you enjoyed! Your blog has inspired me to simply be a stronger advocate for others who cannot yet speak for themselves. Love the way you roar. I follow you already but thank you for following me. Glad you found some inspiration on my pages today :)

  1. Very interesting blog. Love it!
    My world is definitely gray … not as in depressing, but as in ‘never black and white.’ ;)

    • Glad you like! I try to keep my promises of Eclectic, Eccentric and always Earthy. I understand your world of shades of gray, it is a familiar place to me as well. Thank you for finding me. Off to check out your pages now :)

  2. You needed to have been playing in my A to Z. I have been examining this for the last month. If you come by my place, put your mouse on The Map (at the top). You will find A to Z there. Quite a few interesting ways to look beyond the props and stage make-up.

  3. Some people will have a starring role in your life, others a walk-on part. Sometimes you influence which is the case with a particular individual (or so it appears anyway) but at other times there ain’t nothing you can do, as they say. Reverse roles and this will be no less true.

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