The Force of Criticism


Physicists suggest four fundamental forces (sometimes called interactive forces). These four known forces, all of which are non-contact energies, are electromagnetism, strong interaction, weak interaction and gravitation. Although force theory is complete in its explanation of these particular dynamism, it does not adequately address a fifth, more allusive yet equally powerful force– the force of criticism.

Criticism is without doubt the strongest, considerably more common and observable of the five known fundamental forces. Yet criticism is often ignored in the application of human particle physics. Social scientists (at least as far as I know and I get out from behind my computer A LOT) are astonished, flabbergasted and dumbfounded by the incomplete, narrow and obviously regulated literature related to the force of criticism as a true constituent of matter or radiation. Truth be known, the strength, the true force of criticism, is quite substantial, measurable both as a subjective science and extensively documented in fiction and film, as well as anecdotally, by the human organism spanning the 40,000 years of human social history.

Elementary criticism as a true component of force theory can be established by comparing it to the established Standard Model. The Standard Model describes the strong, weak, and electromagnetic fundamental interactions, using mediating gauge bosons. As you already know, criticism has a very strong, bio-psycho-social fundamental reaction, but cannot be described as a true bound state or be measured by gauge bosons. It is, however, a true candidate for viable, long-drawn-out research. A focus, particularly in the field of observational science, to establish the limitations created by confounding variables on our understanding of criticism is essential to the study of the five true fundamental forces.

As in any growing field of science, there are rival theories of criticism as a standard force. Those theories vying for inclusion as one of the established five fundamental forces are often described as magical thinking, CBT, holistic valuations, REBT, self-talk, power, establishment of meaning and emotional intelligence theory (EI). Regardless, it isn’t a hard stretch to determine the impetus for criticism as a product of cognitive energy (regardless of what you might call it). Without increased examination of the powerful hold criticism has over our internally generated cognitions and, by default, our world culture, we may, in fact, be facing a pandemic.

The study of criticism as a model in physics is largely the study of the Standard Model’s observable content and its possible by-products. The theory of criticism as a force of general relativity has been experimentally confirmed (at least in my own life or what can be more scientifically defined as the Post-Newtonian era) on all but the smallest scales. The other day, for example, I was undeservedly criticized for committing some imagined slight – which is the principle reason I started writing this research proposal. The moment I was criticized, I noticed my physical body going into a fight-flight-freeze response. The back of my neck and the front of my face surged with blood and I became light-headed. I had to sit down. After regaining my senses, this bio-psycho-social response sent me immediately, frantically looking to others for help. I dialed my phone, visited friends in their offices and imagined myself having it out with the perpetrator – ending in what could only be described as a kick in the neck that was worthy of a training video.

My ambition, it appears, was to off-set the force of criticism by killing the source of it and looking for approval, regaining my inner balance.

The force of criticism remained with me for three full days, pulsing through my brain with each beat of my heart.

As the force of criticism dissipated, I found myself more stable, yet apprehensive of a chance encounter in the hallway with the person who criticized me, adding to my anxiety.

I am somewhat convinced, which is the scientific gauge we researchers use to understand the force of criticism, that the only way to completely patch up the damage caused by criticism is to be deemed good and the criticizer bad by peers and strangers alike. Physical pain and a loss of their livelihood is also a welcomed outcome.

EI guides (those who practice EI theory of whom I am the president) conduct experiments and make predictions for future research. Thus far, our EI guides have yielded very little in the way of true scientific data, but we continue to build a vast library of anecdotal literature, sketches of the human brain on lined legal pads, empty Starbucks cups, scribbles on erasable marker boards and cartoons depicting ourselves and our experiences with others as we navigate our way into the dynamic force we have come to know as criticism.

EI guesses, very strongly, that the force of criticism is wholly a product of thought. In order to establish this premise in hallowed halls of respectable science, emotional intelligence theory (EI) hopes to develop the self-styled yet widely accepted EI model, the theoretical framework for emotional health (and the various mathematical tools that give the theory a lingering scent of respectability). Our goal is to more comprehensively understand the force of criticism and how stupid heads react to this internal (rather than external) stimulus.

(See EI theoretical physics and Stupid Heads.)

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