We are John O'Brien and Dr Nada Ivanovic, Network Partners at Psyrocket. Our vision is to make the practical benefits of depth psychology easily available to individuals and teams in business organisations. We also provide expert training and supervision for other depth psychologists wishing to apply their skills in executive coaching, team building and consulting to organisations.
How Luck Works.....Depth Psychology for BusinessOct 6, 2015
1. Apparent Luck
There is a well known game show problem where by switching choices contestants would win twice as often as this/her original choice. But most people miscalculate the odds and do not switch. We might then call the first person lucky. But if the person had superior probability analysis skills and/or less cognitive bias and awareness of his/her own complexes, we would not say that he was lucky. We would say that he/she was more scientific.
So, the chances of success can be dramatically increased by simple attention to the disciplined assessment of alternative investment probabilities supported by exercises designed to minimise cognitive bias, and increase awareness of emotional biases. This can be trained. It is not luck.
Similarly, if a golfer holes in one we might say that he is lucky. But if he practices every day, then we might just call him professional. Again, professional training (and this can sometimes be boring, which is why discipline is required) is a success criterion.
2. Courage , not luck
There is a natural law that if you can hold your nerve through the depths of crisis, success might follow. Examples abound: Dunkirk; George Washington's escape from Valley Forge; The Battle of Britain, to name but three. The phenomenon follows a natural law that we find deeply rooted in human culture, and described in myths and legends and in the representations of archetypes which we find in music and fairy tales. We continually rediscover this law in psychiatry and psychotherapy and we apply it in leadership development. Fortune favours the brave.
3. Not luck, but Type Psychology
To people with predominant sensate functioning (fact based) intuition looks like luck. It is just a different way of taking in information. The combination of the two functions produce even luckier performance. The same applies to Thinking and Feeling and the whole type dynamics quadrant, when in balance and tension produces transformation beyond anything which can be described as luck.
4. Not Type Psychology but Dreams
The Benzine ring, the DNA Helix, came directly from stuck cognitive processes which were resolved by dreams. Dreams and creative exercises help transcend binary processes bound by the principle in which a third or middle option is excluded ("tertium non datur"). Something completely new is born to awareness.
A few years ago, I had dinner with a highly respected person in a certain Department of the British Government. He was a good "scientist", and highly effective. At the end of the meal he confessed to being a practitioner of a secret art and gave me a book on Divination. He had used this method to great effect to find water on his estate, and did the same for his neighbours!
I do not believe in Divination. But it worked for him. So I guess he was lucky, right? The reason I do not believe in Divination is that I cannot do it. But for my dinner guest, it worked to such an extent that I would happily have invested with him if he could have applied the same method to investment. Unfortunately he could not, or has not yet chosen to do so.
The 1945 Nobel Prize winning physicist, Wolfgang Pauli was remarkable in that his laboratory equipment would frequently explode for no apparent reason. His colleague said that he did not believe in synchronicity (the acausal connecting factor) but that he would not let him anywhere near his laboratory!
Clinical practice, physics and mathematics now support clinically observed and subjective reports of experiences of of synchronistic phenomena. In our work we have used this approach (with a very high success rate) to diagnose, deal with, and validate intervention in cases of developmental and transgenerational traumata which affect individual decision making and group culture below the level of individual conscious awareness. Sorry that is a long sentence. When I have more time, I will write a shorter one!
Like it or not, and know it or not, it seems that we operate in fields which do not operate simply according to the laws of Newtonian or even Einstein's physics. We do not understand the full depth of these fields. We do understand that quantum physics and psychology give increasingly similar perspectives. In these perspectives, partial answers and preliminary explanations are found to the question of luck, and perhaps more importantly, to the question of lucky people.
One perspective (and there are many) suggests that the inner world reflects in the outer and vice versa. We find this in may religious teachings, including for example in the Kabbalah (higher/lower). By connecting with our natural core, by obeying natural laws, we connect with greater forces, and we get "lucky". Along the path of this metaphorical hero's journey are obstacles. These are our complexes, (including our shadow). We can look at look these as consequences of mistakes along the path. These mistakes are necessary and thematically predictable as in the structure of fairy tales. By paying attention to the symbolic humble beggar, the wise old man/woman in disguise, by having courage, the metaphorical hero gets lucky. Knowing where we are on the inevitable journey helps.
Who are we ?
It is said by the US military that there are no atheists in the combat zone. Which soldier under fire has not uttered a prayer and sought providence (good luck)? The US army just spent several million USD on developing psychologically fit and lucky soldiers and in their selection process look for belief in a higher power.
5. That all might sound a bit odd. But my colleague built a very successful algorithmic trading company based on Quantum Mechanics. It was was performing very well last time I checked. I guess he was just lucky though.
We are John O'Brien and Dr Nada Ivanovic. We are Network partners at Psyrocket. Our vision is to make the practical benefits of depth psychology easily