Do ‘critical points’ exist in psychology … and do they affect economics

The concept of a ‘critical point’ is something we see in many sciences … I wonder if it applies to human psychology as well?

First let’s review some examples of ‘critical points’

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From your freshman astronomy class, you may remember the event horizon that surrounds a black hole. It is the distance from the black hole’s core such that for any particle that goes beyond this point, it will never be able to come back out … it has become trapped in the black hole … it has fallen within the critical point distance.

Once a particle falls into a black hole, the only opportunity for it to escape is if some Magical Hand reaches into the black hole and pulls the particle back out.

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A more common example of a ‘critical point’ is the ‘freezing point’ of water (but it is based on temperature). When water falls below 32F, the molecules become trapped in solid form, incapable of moving … kind of like the particles that fall into the black hole.

Once a particle drops in temperature below its freezing point, it becomes trapped, unable to move, and the only opportunity for the iced molecules is if some external agent injects warmth into the system thus freeing it again.

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There also exists a critical point in human psychology … for all of us.

And once you or I or anyone falls below it we are no longer capable of functioning and behaving as would a normal, healthy individual. The only opportunity is if some external force helps us.

Simulated view of a black hole in front of the...

random picture of a black hole

I think that most of the lower economic class in our country are actually just individuals, even entire communities, that have fallen below this psychology critical point.

In the meantime, all the healthy people sit around and express their doubts about the members of the lower class: they’re lazy, they’re drug addicts, they’re criminals … but we have only observed them in their sub-critical-point psychology state, and we have done so from our own healthy state point of view. They struggle to function.

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Bubble-up economics has the potential to fix this, to directly inject positive influences into the difficulties that the lower class faces. It is a system that attempts to re-invigorate the lower class via productivity-oriented social programs, an array of types of programs, each with the similar expectation to benefit the struggling individual but also the taxpayer paying for the program through an applicable ROI.



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