I start with my story first. When I was in high school the subject that I hated was geography. I then found no value in which countries share borders with other countries. My geography teacher was fond of Arabic spelling and grammar of which I excelled in both. I depended on my memory to pass exams.
One day I entered an exam without preparing for it, I read the questions and had no idea how to answer the questions. My mind sprouted with the idea of confusing the attention of my teacher by deliberately making grammar and spelling mistakes. I answered the questions with whatever ideas came to my mind filled with these language mistakes.
The teacher got distracted from reading my answers correcting my language mistakes. I passed the exam. The teacher was shocked that I made unusual mistakes when he knew my grasp of the language. He did you must have been ill. I was not.
Instead of focusing his attention to correct my answers, the teacher focused on correcting my language mistakes. His focus shifted to where I intended to direct it.
Inattention from attention has many other examples. An actor who pays too much focus on say shouting on another factor might lose focus on standing at the right angle for the camera.
Christine Caldwell wrote a great post in which she wrote, “We’ve all experienced what happens when get tied up in our clients’ knotted lives. But how do we attune to our client’s experiences and not get knotted up ourselves?” If the listener attentively listens to a depressed person, the listener shall get depressed himself. Too much focus also distracts attention from the main issue.
So what is the solution? Christine Caldwell recommended, “Oscillation of attention is the primary way we keep our bodies safe and whole or get them back when we’ve given them away.”
Wavy Form of Extremes
We tend to put extremes on a single line. This is not how movement takes place as they have wavy forms. Linear thinking of opposites is shortsighted. They move in wave-like forms oscillating between ups and downs.
This is true if you want to keep your observation around. Imagine that you are extremely focused for extended times on a book you are reading. There is a fire in the kitchen and you smell nothing. You have no idea of the surroundings and the incoming risk.
Is not it better to relax focusing and then increase it so that you may observe what goes around?
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