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Title: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: krysti-la on November 14, 2009, 02:14:14 PM
I recently read this post: http://scottwesterfeld.com/forum/index.php?topic=64.0   
It made me think. During the course of me reading the Uglies series, wondered the same thing. On the post linked above Ali-wa said This:

"well i know you don't want to be exactly "pretty-minded" like the pretties in the book.....i was just thinking if everybody wasn't offended from others opinions, points of views, or thoughts, mayb we wouldn't be caught up in so much war and stuff..."

i wanted to let everyone know that this can happen without lesions! There is something called shifting. it is when you say in your head i want to be happy and you can become happy. also i wanted to point out that we dont need lesions to *not be offended by others opinions* it is our choice, we can choose to be happy, its all in how you view things, I, personally shrug things of because i who i am and no one can define me.

i just wanted your opinions on the subject (the opinions on shifting and choosing your on mood and ways of reacting)

                                                                                                                                             Krysti-la

 
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Treya-Chan on November 14, 2009, 02:21:23 PM
You have a good point
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: krysti-la on November 14, 2009, 02:35:02 PM
i think i have.. lol but what are your opinions on it (i wanna b a psycologist so i wanna c the way people think) tally said something like 'i am the only one messing with my brain from now on in specials'
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Chloe-Wa on November 14, 2009, 11:54:22 PM
i've heard about shifting too krtsti-la but i never actually knew it was called shifting. you're right i suppose it does all depend on your outlook on life its just difficult sometimes to always think positive especially for people who have difficult lives or low self esteem. i think it would be really good if people did think like that cos its nice to be able to hear other peoples ideas and views without getting really defensive of your own. but it can be horrible if people say mean stuff about you -i can laugh stuff off if its a joke but im also quite sensitive so i would love to always be able to just shrug everything off but i would probably find that difficult  :(  i want to be a psychologist too btw krysti-la  :D
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Treya-Chan on November 15, 2009, 04:03:30 AM
i think i have.. lol but what are your opinions on it (i wanna b a psycologist so i wanna c the way people think) tally said something like 'i am the only one messing with my brain from now on in specials'
Coolness that sounds cool
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Leeny-wa on November 15, 2009, 12:13:22 PM
I think. A lot. I'm pretty smart, so naturally my brain is always thinking about different situations I've been in, things i've said, ect.
And honestly, I shift to being pretty-minded. Often.
It so much easier to think pretty thoughts, and concentrate on trifling matters, then to linger constantly on the numerous other things i could be thinking about.

I enjoy that feeling of having nothing to worry about. I check my face in the mirror constantly. I make my appearance virtually flawless, or as close as I can get. I act like a bubble-brain.
It helps. Kind of like a coping mechanism. I can just shut my brain for a while.
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Treya-Chan on November 15, 2009, 01:18:42 PM
Guess what my brain never shuts off
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Chloe-Wa on November 15, 2009, 11:03:47 PM
i'm sort of academically intelligent but im a bubblehead in practical stuff like reading maps or anything mechanical lol . i worry a lot- about my friends, my appearance, my exams... i try to make my face almost flawless too leeny-wa but my appearance is something that genuinely does bother me cos im quite self conscious but as well as worrying about appearance i worry about other stuff. i'm sort of like that treya-chan my brain is constantly thinking about something.  i can't just shut off- if i need to do that i have to fall asleep. but i'm not a person who just runs around always panicking about stuff- i tend to just keep stuff in my brain and talk about more fun stuff with other people  :)
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Treya-Chan on November 16, 2009, 05:56:55 AM
I see I see
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Treya-Chan on November 16, 2009, 10:23:35 AM
If your brain would shut off you would die cuz it would not tell your body to breath TA DA!!! LOL!
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Treya-Chan on November 16, 2009, 10:29:27 AM
Sweet Man
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Treya-Chan on November 16, 2009, 10:35:52 AM
Dude
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Treya-Chan on November 16, 2009, 10:41:43 AM
Grovey Man
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Treya-Chan on November 16, 2009, 10:44:35 AM
WOW i am Coolness
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Treya-Chan on November 16, 2009, 10:46:38 AM
Cool
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Treya-Chan on November 16, 2009, 01:18:51 PM
Yeah
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: G-la on November 17, 2009, 12:48:17 AM
hey all, i agree with you
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Chloe-Wa on November 17, 2009, 03:11:56 AM
wow treya-chan now youve done more than 600 posts  :o :D
im not really short tempered i just get excited about stuff but if i do get in a bad mood its not very good  :-[
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Treya-Chan on November 17, 2009, 04:22:41 AM
Oh its going to be ok  Chloe-Wa
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: G-la on November 18, 2009, 01:24:46 AM
i have a temmper, but it takes along time for me to get angry and when i do get angry i dont stay that way for long lol im like a summer thunder storm lol
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Chloe-Wa on November 18, 2009, 04:18:23 AM
lol it can get ugly when i get angry too saira-la
g-la i wish i was like that- i dont have a short fuse but when i get angry it is not good and i can stay kinda grumpy for a while lol
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Chloe-Wa on November 18, 2009, 10:28:49 AM
im quite sensitive so i get upset or i get angry but its probably worse if im angry
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: G-la on November 20, 2009, 01:19:52 AM
iv just spent too musch time hiding my emotions they dont stay around long enough to hide any more lol
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Chloe-Wa on November 20, 2009, 04:13:07 AM
aww g-la.  i dont talk about my feelings a lot theyr just always very obvious lol except if something like a film makes me sad i dont mind talking about it
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Treya-Chan on November 20, 2009, 06:48:56 AM
iv just spent too musch time hiding my emotions they dont stay around long enough to hide any more lol
aw
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Chloe-Wa on November 20, 2009, 07:58:29 AM
lets just say im not very subtle lol
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Heliopteryx on December 07, 2009, 11:35:10 AM
I can hide my emothions pretty well, but i often choose not to.  After all, it's better to show someone you are very mad at them than to pretend you aren't until they irritate you a little too much. 
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Chloe-Wa on December 08, 2009, 09:15:15 AM
lol me too saira-la
i dont like to get angry with people cos if im mean i always feel really horrible afterwards
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Chloe-Wa on December 09, 2009, 04:21:36 AM
if im really angry then sometimes it takes me a while to feel bad but usually  i always do eventually- i get guilty really easily sometimes even if something isnt my fault which is kind of stupid lol  :-[
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Marlayna-wa on December 20, 2009, 10:47:24 AM
I like the idea of choosing to be happy, but I as a person, like being different and having my own opinion on things.
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Chloe-Wa on December 21, 2009, 11:45:03 AM
ye it would be nice to always be happy and just spend time having fun and socialising but it would be sad if everyone lost their personalities
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Heliopteryx on December 22, 2009, 09:31:04 AM
Ignorance is bliss, after all.  However, it ceases to be bliss once you wake up. 
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Treya-Chan on December 22, 2009, 09:38:00 AM
OMG
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Chloe-Wa on December 22, 2009, 11:59:44 AM
i suppose that no individuality would mean much less arguing and dispute, but it would also be quite boring...
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Heliopteryx on December 22, 2009, 04:51:03 PM
The Evils of Free Will, as they're called.  However, sometimes things are better with a little pain and unpleasantness.  
What if a giant meteor smashed into the Earth and reduced the population by half?  All the pretties wouldn't be able to cope with it, and therefore everything would fall apart.  Despite the specials and possibly smokeys trying to hold it together.  
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Chloe-Wa on December 23, 2009, 12:25:01 AM
The pretties tend to be very calm though so maybe the specials could keep them in order...
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Heliopteryx on December 23, 2009, 05:04:35 AM
Hmm, calm as they are, they can probably still panic, or at least create mass hysteria. 
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: JimmyLost on December 23, 2009, 07:31:53 AM
the adrenaline caused by a disaster like that would probably make all the prettys wake up as a sort of mini mind rain
speaking of mind rain there's a really interesting essay in the book about individuality and comformity
as for emotions and whatnot
I'm incredibly calm
if something bothers me I will usualy ignore it for the sake of peace (I mean in the quiet sence)
I hate yelling
it's the difference between an argument and a debate for me
I love debates getting other peoples opinoins of things helps me to understand them wich helps me to not get angery at people
arguments are terrible cuz no one wins
you may not come out of a debate with an answer but at least you gain something.
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Heliopteryx on December 23, 2009, 09:45:07 AM
It might depend on how long the pretties in question have been pretties.  As time goes on, they become less useless. 

I'm not really an angry person, but I'm not calm in the way you're calm, JimmyLost. 
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Chloe-Wa on December 23, 2009, 11:18:00 AM
that's a clever idea jimmy.... i suppose, supprviolet, then that the later pretties would react more strongly to a disaster
i don't get angry easily but if i do get angry then i can get really furious
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Lorelai-wa on December 15, 2010, 09:21:57 AM
Wow shifting never heard of it explain.
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Lorelai-wa on December 15, 2010, 11:27:27 AM
Yep.
Title: Re: Being Pretty Minded
Post by: Kristen-la on April 06, 2011, 11:08:09 PM
I can make myself pretty-minded sometimes,this is the best points in my life. A lot when I'm with my boyfriend I am, I feel beautiful and just forget about my worries. When I get too stressed I try to switch into being pretty-minded, when it works, everything is ok :)