What’s the project?
I will write down everyday examples of people doing things for social reasons. I might say what I think the social reasons are. I could easily be wrong about the reasons. Some of these examples will be things I do or have done, and some will be things I’ve seen other people do.
It seems more difficult to decide whether a particular social action or goal is a good or bad idea, so I don’t intend to do that in this project.
My plan is to post at least 20 examples.
Why this project and how does it fit in with my overall goals?
I hope this project will help me consciously think about my and others’ motivations, and therefore understand those motivations better. I expect this will help me with my overall goal of learning to think better. There’s automatic social stuff that gets in the way of me thinking clearly.
My automatic social stuff gets in the way of, in particular, me benefitting from posting here. I expect it also gets in the way of me benefitting others by me posting here.
I predict that if I can see better what my automatic social stuff is, I can see reality more clearly and therefore think more clearly.
This project seems doable for me. I expect that it won’t be any more difficult for me than the “puppet strings” things I wrote in this thread.
I will post the project itself in a separate thread. I’ll edit this post to add a link to that thread. I’d like to keep meta discussion in this thread, and discussion about the social examples in that thread. It’s possible it will be hard to tell which thread something should go in.
Edit: The project examples are here.
What kind of feedback do I want?
I am putting this in the Friendly category, mostly because I see Friendly as a place where there’s some attention to not putting people down socially. I am happy to get feedback on whether people agree with my examples and with what I say about them (in the project thread). I’m happy to see other examples that people think of (in the project thread). I think I am okay with feedback about my project planning (in this thread). I think I am okay with comments about my general patterns of behavior or about social stuff I do in my posts (in this thread).