Projected authority

Projected authority is a state where we have given away our authority to define ouselves, what is important and how to realise that.

Projected authority
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Projected authority is a state where we have given away our authority to define ouselves, what is important and how to realise that.
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Projected authority is a state where we have unconsciously given away our authority to someone else. In particular this includes the authority to define and assert anything about the world or ourselves. In general term this includes defining values, beliefs or even our own worthiness or potential.
We live in a world where authority in general is assumed to be external to us. We've grown up in this world where this idea is implicit throughout society and in the dynamics of most of our relationships. So it's only natural that most of us project some or most of our authority onto others. Where this is evident at a psychological level is our projection of authority around our "okness"; our sense of value. Implicit in most relationships is an unconscious contract where another person's disapproval of us can affect our sense of wellbeing; they hold to authority to define us.
Projected Authority is anywhere where external influence (from outside the “moment-self”) affects;

1. Our choice

  • outside it in time - habituality. This is Dabrowki’s “first factor”
  • outside it in self - an other authority. A “should”. Is it only a social phenomenon?. This is Dabrowski’s “second factor”
Dabrowski’s third factor is self-authored choice

2. Our perception

  • manipulation of human cognitive biases
  • manipulation of fear
  • lack of awareness of the structure of cognition; confusing emotion (say jealousy) with fact

3. Our assessment of What is important

  • a should

4. Our actions

5. Our beliefs about ourself (our identity)

  • I am not equal
I think that language is also an implicit kind of other-authored artefact.
  • The blue side of MPo of MPa

The elements of this concept

Deconstructing The ASh

1. The Other defines What is Important

  • “The authority to define what is important is outside of me”
  • This is about /this/

2. Authority (& power) is outside me

Circles in time response about happiness and other-authorship

I think that Kahneman’s perspective on happiness as being based in external socialised expectations is not a reflection of a model of happiness persay but more fundamentally a reflection of where authority (& associated expectations) lies in one’s life. To the extent that authority is unconsciously projected onto the world takes away our own authority, authenticity and self-authorship.  I wrote an article about this years ago which you can find here if you are interested.  This is a second element of Bridled Autopilot (the third funny enough being partially an aspect of another topic raised today around Third person self-talk & my response to that around the circularity of cognition).  These are all things that we are unconscious submissives to and need to wake up from if we want more control & authorship over ourselves and our lives.  Of course if the authority to define my “okness” is projected onto others then I only have one choice and that is to satisfy them in the hope that this “transaction” will pay off with their approval of me.

Need term
  • Obey (your way) vs my way
  • Stood vs should
  • Claimed vs denied
  • vs Projected

First part

  • foreign (vs native). However foreign doesn’t reflect the fact that the self has given it away.
  • Projected
  • Externalised, exterior, outside, external
  • Thrown, tossed, lost
  • discarded, abandoned, forfeited
  • surrendered
  • Surrogate
  • Externalised
  • Other
  • Delegated
  • Deputy (-ised)
  • Proxy
  • Substitute(d)

Second part

  • Authority
  • Authorship
  • authority
  • reign
  • sovereignty

  • I think I need to make a stronger, or at least clearer, case for the role that other-authorship makes in our life
  • The critical distinction here is where does your authority lie? Internal in the self, or external in the other?
  • ability to say "no" to another
  • (Do I need another name for this as it doesn’t speak to outside of time(/self) aspect (habituality)



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