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Psychology, personality, traits, care.  ---  .This section is about care.  ---  1/24/2006

Psychology, personality, traits, care.  ---  (1) Carelessness is related to risk taking.  Inattention is one definition.  Acceptance of a certain risk level is another.  (2) Carelessness is also related to feelings of invincibility.  How strong you are.  How weak you think opponent is.  (3) Carelessness is also related to apathy.  "I just don't care anymore".  (4) Carelessness is also related to perception of importance (ethics).  (5) Carelessness is also related to disregard of ethics.  "I don't care if it is wrong".  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality, traits, care.  ---  (1) Willing to risk your life: solo climber.  (2) Willing to risk someone else's life: doctor, pilot.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality, traits, care.  ---  Care = attention.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality, traits, care.  ---  Care and carelessness.  (1) Irresponsibility can lead to mistakes and pain.  (2) Carefreeness can be good, if it keeps you from being a slave/drone.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality, traits, care.  ---  Care has an emotional component.  Care also has a thought component.  Thus, caring is an attitude (i.e., emotion + thought).  And so perhaps is not caring?   Or is caring a matter of attention?  ---  5/15/2001

Psychology, personality, traits, care.  ---  Care.  (1) How much care, for how long, is needed for x to happen?  (2) How much care is overkill vs. how little care is lack of care?  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality, traits, care.  ---  Care.  Mental focus, attention.  How much, for what to happen successfully.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality, traits, care.  ---  Carelessness due to (1) Rushing, (2) Fatigue, (3) Distractions, (4) Disinterest, (5) Not thinking of metaphysical or ethical aspects, (6) Not thinking about risks.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality, traits, care.  ---  Carelessness in risk assessment vs. risk taking.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality, traits, care.  ---  Carelessness means (1) Not recognizing an objects present value and future value.  (see finance NPV and NFV).  Not recognizing the present risk and future risk posed to the object.  ---  4/2/2000

Psychology, personality, traits, care.  ---  Carelessness, causes of.  (1) Apathy.  (2) Mistakes in importance assessment.  (3) No fear vs. self destruction urges.  (4) Inadequate analysis of: metaphysical, ethical risk.  (5) Absent minded: thinking about other things.  Especially due to under estimating importance of task at hand.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality, traits, care.  ---  Caring has a psychological component and an ethical component.  (1) Psychological components of caring.  (A) Emotional components of caring.  (i) To emotionally "like" something causes you to think that you should care for it.  (ii) To think that you ought to care for something inevitably causes an emotional reaction that accompanies such thoughts.  (B) Thought components of caring.  (i) To think something is important (value) is to cause you to think you should care for it.  (ii) To think that you have a duty or responsibility for something is to cause you to think you should care for it.  (2) Ethical components of caring.  (A) What should we care about?  To answer that ask the following: What do we value?  What do we think is important?  What do we think we are responsible for?  (B) Some things we care about even when we know we should not.  Some things we do not care about even when we know we should.  (C) Types of things we care about: To care about a person vs. to care about an abstract idea (like justice, equality, liberty, etc.) vs. to care about an inanimate thing (like your job).  (D) Related subjects of caring.  (i) How is caring related to the psychology of goals?  To say you care about x is to say that x is one of your goals.  (ii) How is caring related to love?  Do you care about everyone you love?  Do you love the ones you care about?  (E) You should care about something, because the alternative is apathy (i.e., not caring about anything), which is psychologically unhealthy, and which is related to feelings of meaninglessness.  (F) Is it possible to care too much?  Yes.  Eastern philosophies warn us about becoming too attached to things.  Becoming too attached, and not being able to detach, can drive you crazy.  (G) The emotional component of caring is important.  To care deeply, passionately and strongly is a great motivator.  (H) A trait of severe depression to the point of exhaustion is not caring about anything or apathy.  (I) More ethical questions about caring.  Why should I care?  Who cares?  I could not care less. (J) More pathology of caring.  (i) Cannot feel: I know I should feel caring but I do not.  (ii) Cannot think: I cannot think of what to care about.  ---  8/8/2001

Psychology, personality, traits, care.  ---  Risky vs. overly cautious, pros and cons of each.  ---  12/30/1992

Psychology, personality, traits, care.  ---  The opposite of caring is apathy.  Apathy can be caused by things like exhaustion, depression, ignorance, lack of motivation, etc.  ---  5/16/2002

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