Social Intelligence and the Man In The Middle
Whether by plan or accident, you have landed in the showroom of the social-intelligence windfall benefit-package factory. While the original and sole purpose of the factory was to aid the man in the middle, the title of this website, it turned out in application that the first tier benefits to the man in the middle, as well as being substantial, are universally and unconditionally accessible to anyone. Attaining and leveraging social intelligence to win-win benefit for you and your social systems is the central theme of the website.
The ‘Man In The Middle’ (MitM) of a social system is defined as the individual producer who is flogged by the upper hierarchy as normal upper-class procedure subjugating the lower classes. Should the MitM deliver higher performance than the upper-class “expectation standard,” the product of his intelligent choices for using his efforts to produce, the entitled authoritarian floggers regard him as a threat to their social status as vested, omnipotent, infallibles. And implanting the Imposter Syndrome in the floggers, dear visitor, is the mark of the socially-intelligent man in the middle.
The first definition of social intelligence, by Edward Thorndike (1920): “The ability to understand and allow men and women to act wisely in human relations.” Equivalent to interpersonal intelligence, it is an aggregated measure of self and social awareness, evolved social beliefs and attitudes, and a capacity to engineer social change with prudence. It is using knowledge of social dynamics for mutually beneficial purposes.
Why has authentic social intelligence become such a bonanza? The reason is that current “culture,” an exact-replica genome of the Stone Age version, is lose-lose counterproductive in today’s reality. Anyone who thinks otherwise, has not been paying attention to the raging dysfunctions of a global society out of synch with its environment. Accordingly, when someone who does have social intelligence enters the scene, what he brings to the sordid affair is indistinguishable from magic. The website will supply you with various ways to validate this assertion for yourself.
Social Behavior and Your Way of Life
Feast on and apply this extraordinarily-valuable knowledge about social behavior. You can learn how to leverage social intelligence to large and lasting personal advantage to your way of life in whatever is your operational reality. As its “secrets” were mined where no man had gone before, far above the politically-correct level of discourse, you will find large windfall benefits streaming to you and your social systems. Best of all, you get to enjoy its happy largess every day.
When the man-in-the-middle (MitM) breakthrough, to deliberately and unfailingly deliver social system prosperity, finally came in 2013, after 55 years of failures, we reckoned the body of knowledge developed to backstop the success, called Plan B, had nothing to benefit anyone but MitMs. Eight years of implementation experience with the paradigm that delivered, informed our minds otherwise. The field-proven knowledge herein, put to effect, can bring more health, security and prosperity to the personal and social life of any producer. Social system productivity can’t be increased without boosting the social intelligence of its MitMs first.
Everything about social behavior is psychological. That means you already have all the equipment you’ll ever need to attain and enjoy the benefit packages of Plan B. The catch? Reaching the streaming benefit packages involves conscious cognitive effort. While deliberate thinking is natural enough, it does not function like the auto-pilot subconscious-mind supercomputer sitting between your ears. “How do I know what I think before I hear what I say?”
The principle of Nature that rules this precise moment is Her Law of Optimality. Tethered to the law of optimal control and feedforward control in particular, it instructs that if you don’t start your goal-seeking “right,” at the beginning, you create new obstacles for yourself that will defeat your enterprise. Preoccupied with crisis management, you will run out of time and resources before the problem gets solved, Hofstadter’s Law. You are your choices, even if you’re clueless as to how your powerhouse subconscious mind makes them for you.
Our painful experiences colliding with the optimality law formed our operating mantra:
Keep it in ‘park’ for a bit. You have to do something else first. Once you have missed the first button hole, you’ll never manage to button up.
Every adult enters this arena of social intercourse as psychologically-damaged goods, neurotic or worse. You were enculturated with false mental models of reality (M2R) that now thwart your journey to a much better way of life. You were socially conditioned to disregard your senses, don’t think for yourself, and to obey authority. This socially-infused belief system holds that good old faithful, traditional business as usual, called Plan A, is all there is – all that can be. Don’t bother looking for a better paradigm of social living for today because it can’t exist. Even science fiction writers can’t imagine another kind of social system than Plan A. For proof, look at all the failed “utopias.” When humans created socio-economic status, they created a way to subordinate others like nothing ever before seen in primate hierarchies
The dominant contagion promoted by Plan A and the goal of government/media, is fear-driven insecurity. Fear enters your being by hijacking cells in your sensory systems that have access to your brain, it burrows through millions of networked neurons to the subconscious mind, which also controls the autonomic nervous system and the bodily functions of respiration, heart rate, and digestion. Through this portal, protracted fear wreaks havoc with your health, psychological and physical, though your subconscious-mind-controlled endocrine system.
Victims of protracted fear feel the effects before they can recognize them: shortness of breath, a rapid heartbeat, blood sugar rush, and muscle contractions that mimic a punch to the gut. This constellation of symptoms is known as the stress response and it is one expression of our invariant human nature, Stone Age model.
The overworked stress response in Plan A is commonplace. As the Establishment knows, fear mongering works because it is especially contagious, often the root of mass hysteria outbreaks. A quarter of the people seeing a person in distress who is experiencing a spike in cortisol, also exhibit a spike in cortisol. The way we emphasize with others is the mirroring of our body reaction to that of others. Entangled commiseration fans the flames of misery. Social media has made fear-mongering of the population into a cost-effective science for hijacking minds, making Silicon Valley rich in the process.
Because fear is a response to aggression, it grabs hold instantly. Control theory, a natural law, shows that contentment, the opposite of fear, is many times slower in taking effect than that of aggression. While converting benevolence plus action into trust can take weeks, an act of betrayal demolishes trust in less than a centisecond. Everyone has been betrayed and zoomed through the same lightning-fast emotional reactions. This reflex is the handiwork of your Stone-Age subconscious mind and it triggers reciprocal action.
Your life trajectory attests to the impediments and tribulations posed by Plan A, business as usual. Now that Plan B exists, you can experience implemented Plan Bs for yourself, validating that it delivers extraordinary positive outcomes, first hand. Then, you can freely choose to benchmark your choice-making on Plan B principles rather than continue serving the fear-mongering menace of Plan A authoritarianism. All Plan As go extinct. Plan B can be immortal.
The purpose of the website is not to splint and bandage the ugly consequences of organizational dysfunction (OD) one by one. Its purpose is to inform you that a Plan B alternative way of life exists. It is an ecological system. Plan B people are in another dimension of reality, not separate from Nature, enjoying a happier way of being. Plan B is a generic, a priori paradigm of social functioning, a system fix which dependably generates good-outcome choices. It is a prosperous, happy social state attainable by anyone.
There are three cumulative benefit packages
- Health, psychological and physical
- Having your act together, prudence know-how
- The grand prize of Plan B
The first package is easy to reach. The first three galleries in the banner menu, our name for the columns of pages is gallery, are for any visitor to the website. The rest of the website is stuff for the MitM/keystone, and the interventionist. The grand prize, and it is grand, is attainable only by the MitM keystone on behalf of himself. Through his continued efforts, benefits stream to his revenue crew. The continuing cascade of Plan B benefits, after implementation, includes positive reciprocity, competitive advantage, and franchise, benefits not available to the Plan A organization.
Strategically, the Plan B ideology enables any society to determine its problems and opportunities in a prudent, stress-free manner.
Navigation to the benefit packages
With only Plan A experience and its history to guide you, navigating to the system fix for Plan A dysfunction, namely Plan B, is impossible. You must have, as reference, what done looks like so you can know how to steer and when you have reached your destination. False notions of the scope of organizational dysfunction (OD) and what done looks like led us down blind alleys and cul-de-sacs for 55 years straight. Our crowning life achievement is blazing the trail from Plan A to Plan B, sparing legions of producers like you the anguish of perpetual blind drift, searching for a goal that, as far as we ever knew, didn’t even have to exist.
Everything about overwriting the Plan A menace with a flourishing Plan B ideology is attainable, demonstrably attainable. Taking part will revise your notions about what is and what is not possible for you to achieve in your pursuit of happiness, an inalienable right.
The Man in the Middle (MitM) is keystone species of the ecosystem of hierarchical ecosystems that comprise mankind’s society. He is the linchpin, gateway, and hero of organizational flourishing. He has the only “big picture seat” an organization can have. For social system benefit, our secondary goal, rendered attainable only by reaching the first, the achievement reflects his essential role in bringing anything positive into the organization.
Comprising about 8% of hierarchical society, the keystone echelon, as workmasters responsible for the failure and success of 80% of the organization’s population, occupies the catbird seat of collaborative productivity and competitive advantage. By performance as a savvy producer, he acquires the social system power to do good things for his collective, things those vested with high authority by the opinion of others can only dream about. Foremen know, first hand, that granted authority based on opinions to be an entitled consumer does not exchange with the currency of positive social power, which in any case has to be earned by performance over time in order to exist. No authority can be vested as the keystone of positive social change by opinion, by winning an election. The only social-behavior tool available to the authorities is punishment.
Why all the social dysfunction?
Global society, a massive, nested ecological system, is mired in dysfunction and its consequences simply because the human genome we were all born with installs instincts for social living in our subconscious mind that evolved over millions of years for the survival of our species in the hunter/gatherer Stone Age environment. The industrial age ushered in a class-differentiated, hierarchical social culture around the globe where these invariant Stone-Age genes, when allowed to predominate, bring about the downfall of civilizations. It is obvious that whatever social behavioral control system was used, failed.
In short, the no-brainer way to live successfully in Stone Age society is a Hobson’s Choice that when applied to the operation of tall hierarchies, fails its Darwinian purpose. Rely on subconscious-mind intuition, auto-pilot, to make your task-action choices and the consequences of the bad choices that result will dominate your way of life. You have no energy left to do what it takes to make good choices, be prudent. Making good choices, a priori, takes significant and protracted cognitive effort – exactly what society discourages. The operating context of a mature Plan A organization is all white noise, nothing but an endless competition of opinions, every one incongruent with the operational reality.
You live in a social environment that is functionally disintegrating because of persistent attempts to defy two “Natures,” Natural laws and human Nature – neither of which can be defied. Since no one can thrive in a failing ecological system, fly by the seat of your pants in this fogbound madness and you will crash. Don’t expect natural selection to spare your offspring. Genome evolutionary adaptation rates, small and sporadic, are measured in millennia. These computer-driven-society days, civilizations change surface culture in a few years. No relief from human species extinction there.
This enormous mismatch in choice-making, between what you need to do to flourish today and what you actually choose to act on, is ubiquitous. We now know we can use our conscious minds, plus the cognitive effort and social intelligence it takes, to establish a way of social life engineered for today’s reality such that any society can flourish. It’s adaptability to the operational reality that defines generic Plan B, not compliance to the fixed rules of infallibility and groupthink. Of course it applies to Stone Age collectives as well.
First operationalized and validated in 2013, the contrast between dysfunctional (nobrainer) and prosperous functioning (effortful) , having tons of supporting evidence, is breath-taking conspicuous. As mentioned above, orchestrating a thriving social system can now be done using a generic process that is transparent and open for examination. You are cordially invited to visit live implementations and evaluate this “miracle” of social intelligence first hand for yourself. The differences in social dynamics between dysfunctional business as usual and a flourishing, producing Plan B operation are not subtle. Its positive reciprocity display is the most beautiful social behavior on planet earth.
The intellectual effort required to assure that our species thrives in the arriving future is substantially more than what the way of tribal life required to be happily secure. It is nature’s joke on authoritarianism that the mental energy to prosper is far less than the efforts they will expend as entitled consumers to deal with the consequences of their ill-informed choices. What you encounter in everyday life are social systems preoccupied with repairing damages they inflicted on themselves. Know a happy tall hierarchy? One?
The more you learn about the psychological factors of great significance to our species survival, the less support you will encounter. When you finally reach the mother lode of social intelligence, the holy grail of explicit understanding about social dynamics, you will only see the backs of fleeing men. W.L. Livingston (1986)