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Psychology, general, edge.  ---  .This section is about the concept of the edge.  ---  1/24/2006

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  (1) Edge in the sense of being extremely important.  (2) Edge in the sense of being extremely urgent or desperate.  (3) Regardless of whether it actually is or not.  ---  11/20/2001

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  (1) Intense experience vs. intense state of mind.  (2) The edge vs. living on the edge.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  (1) Physical edge.  (A) Danger sports.  (B) Pushing physical limits.  (2) Psychological edge.  (A) On the edge of a nervous breakdown.  (B) Pushing mental limits.  ---  1/25/2000

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  (1) The edge for you.  Your current abilities and limits of abilities.  (2) The edge for mankind.  The frontier of knowledge and action.  Things that never have been done or thought of before.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  (1) The psychological issue about the edge is  (A) How edgy you are psychologically.  (B) Unstable vs. thrill seeking, or easily bored.  (C) Can you change the above by conscious effort?  (2) The ethical issue about the edge is: should you enter edgy situations (to build character, for example)?  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Confrontation of death in thought and mind.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Definitions.  (1) Edge of a nervous breakdown.  (2) Edge of survival.  Danger and risk.  (3) The above two can go together or not.  (4) Edge of knowledge.  (5) Edge of the known world.  (6) Where you go vs. what you get out of it, what you bring back, and what you learn.  (7) Mental travels vs. physical travels.  ---  3/29/2000

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Edge.  (1) Edge as the limits of the possible.  (2) Edge of poverty.  (3) Edge of greatness.  (4) Edge of control.  Racing on the edge.  (5) Razor's edge.  Could go either way.  Lives in the balance.  (6) Leading edge.  Pushing the envelope.  Avant garde.  (7) Edge of the unknown.  ---  3/10/2007

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Extreme experiences: why do people desire them?  Boredom, adrenaline rush.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Extreme or edgy situations, people, actions, lifestyles.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  For any extreme experience you go through, good or bad, the following is usually the case: (1) No matter how much you talk to people, they are not going to understand what you went through unless they went through the same thing themselves.  And if they do not understand they will not care.  (2) If they did go through the same experience, most of the time they will not discuss it because they consider it personal and private.  (3) The result is that almost no one knows or cares or wants to discuss it.  (4) Incidentally, what you are going through is not just an emotional experience only.  The entire self is involved, brain (sense, memory, emotion, thought) and body.  ---  4/9/2001

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  How much you choose to live on the edge vs. how much you are forced to live on the edge.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  How really edgy is it?  For you, for anyone, for state of art (past and present).  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Intense experience: degree of (1) Newness or unusualness (form or content).  (2) Unknown.  (3) Enjoyable vs. painful.  (4) Danger.  (5) Freedom, control, choice.  (6) Acute vs. chronic.  (7) To experience it vs. mentalize it.  (8) Effects: good and bad; psychological, physical, and economic.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Intense experience.  Effects of stressful situations like (1) Danger.  (2) Near death experiences.  (3) War: effect of war on psychology and sociology.  Good and bad effects.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Intense state of mind: pros and cons.  Aware, urgent, important, motivated, directed, tense, passionate, creative problem solving.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Relativity of the edge: one mans edge is anothers easy place.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Self created edges.  Ex. walking becomes the edge if you are really drunk.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Synonyms for edge: extreme and radical.  ---  1/24/2002

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Terms: adventure, danger, risk, security, pushing envelopes, exploring.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  The edge can make you appreciate life more, if you are sensitive.  Sometimes it is teaching you something you already knew.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  The edge: (1) Of social norms.  (2) Of physical danger.  (3) Of the unknown.  (4) Of the future (avante garde).  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  The edge.  (1) Positive experiences: go through hell for big payoff.  (2) Negative experiences: no payoff at all.  (3) 50/50 experiences: good balances the bad.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  The unknown: the new vs. old (novelty, variety, boredom).  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Types of edge.  (1) The financial/economic edge (poverty).  (2) The edge of sanity (crazy).  (3) The edge of the law (crime).  (4) The intellectual edge (genius).  (5) The cutting edge of time (present/future).  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Types of edge.  (1) When we are forced to the edge.  Example, drafted into war.  (2) Choosing to visit the edge.  Example, extreme sports.  (3) Accidental visits to the edge.  Example, natural disasters.  ---  5/15/2001

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Types of intense experiences: war, crime, drugs, wandering, poverty, great love/sex, surf/skate/climb, rebellion.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  What you experience on the edge vs. what you accomplish on the edge.  For good or for bad.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  What you fight or give up to live on edge.  Tortured, true, seekers vs. smug, false, voyeur, posers.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, general, edge.  ---  Whether your situation is the edge for you depends on how much you know about your environment, your abilities and effects of actions.  ---  12/30/1992

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