Monday, May 25, 2009
THE PIKE PHENOMENON
The pike is a fish that has a peculiar type of memory! Place it on one side of an aquarium that is partitioned in half with a see-through glass divider.
On the other side of the glass divider, have plenty of minnows (small fish) swimming happily.
In time, the pike starts to get hungry, and makes its way energetically towards the minnows.
Crash! It bangs its snout against the glass partition. It keeps trying … and keeps crashing its snout, until the pain becomes too much.
The pike gradually ‘understands’ and ‘learns’ that the minnows can’t be reached; in fact, it believes the task is impossible.
Now, if you remove the glass partition, astonishingly, the pike swims all around the aquarium, ignoring the minnows… because it ‘remembers’ that it is impossible to reach the minnows.
What does The Pike Phenomenon tell us about ourselves?
Write your ideas on a sheet of paper.
Here are some suggestions:
1. When things get difficult, we get stressed, and can no longer function well.
2. Perhaps this stress causes us to not see differences or changes in situations.
3. We behave as if we still know everything about a situation.
4. Our reactions are not well thought out.
5. We still behave the way we would in the past; we remain rigid, or stubborn.
6. Remaining stubborn prevents us from considering different ways to solve a problem.
7. We start believing that we have been hit by bad luck!
8. In this case, we feel that it is as if the environment has attacked us!
9. Under pressure, we fail to test difficulties we feel we cannot overcome.
10. These perceived constraints have now imprisoned us!
[Excerpted from the 'Thinkerbelles' edition of The Ingenius Series of bookazines by Dilip Mukerjea. All the images in this post are the intellectual property of Dilip Mukerjea.]