Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The psychology of self-consciousness

It is easily comprehensible and imaginable by a lay person that a social gathering which induces self focus in a person also leads to his/her divided attention. But what is surprising is that it also leads to impaired memory. A study showed that individuals under situations of scrutiny or social anxiety had problems recollecting names and characteristics of people they met. "Public self consciousness was the crucial determinant of how much evaluation of others affect people."

A good example of this is what happened to my friend who failed his first driving test. When the driving examiner sat beside him, he became self conscious which led to divided attention. Less focus on the environment around him led to his missing a stop sign  and thus failing the test. The guy to his much relief passed the next test and drives happily now.
Also children who are under strict srcutiny and constant judgement by their elders become diffident and more self focussed. This ultimatley harms their personality and their social behaviour. I am in much favor of letting people be themselves wherever they are.
While a bit of focus on yourself might help but definitely excessive self-consciousness is big No.

Reference: Self-Consciousness, Public and private  Self-Awareness, and Memory in a Social Setting, Kimble et al, The journal of psychology, 119(1), 59-69.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Chanakya -the hindi teleseries

I happened to get the link of this television series in Google videos and once I started watching it  got hooked to it and thus spent my long Easter weekend watching the entire 8 volumes, almost 32 hours of video. No other historical series that has been made in Hindi has impressed me more. It is a phenomenally well researched work with a meticulous eye on detail orientation. The serial is directed by Dr Chandra Prakash Dwivedi who also plays the role of Vishnugupt Chanakya. As evident by its name the story revolves around the life and struggle of Chanakya to integrate the different republics present in erstwhile India into a powerful kingdom under a just and systematic rule that works for the welfare of the nation and its citizens. Dwivedi has masterfully played the role of Chanakya and enlivens the character of this ancient political statesman and Vedic sage to the fullest on the small screen. Chanakya who was the foremost teacher of political science and economics in India around 300 BC was also a nation builder and a protector and nurturer of a nascent kingdom. And in that process he made use of all the four facets of the ancient statecraft :- Saam, Daam, Dand, Bhed. In the serial Dwivedi has made all efforts to see that Chanakya is well portrayed and in my opinion he has been tremendously successful.

Vishnugupt Chanakya emerges as a perfect role model even for today. I wish I were one of the disciples of Acharya Chanakya and would be a recipient of the immense knowledge and character he embodied.

P.S :- The Hindi used in the serial is a little hard and sometimes I needed the help
of English subtitles to understand.