Pole sitting psychology

Pole sitting is not only something people do to compete and protest, it is also about psychology… with people staying up on their pole for years, testing themselves, and sometimes everybody else around them too.

Sitting on poles as reality and metaphor

Drawn story by Frits Ahlefeldt

One guy, H.David Werder sat on a pole from 1982-1984 (439 days, 11 hours, and 6 minutes) to protest against gasoline prices, others have sit on poles to compete, win prices or gain fame. (Wikipedia ) In a metaphorical sense sitting on poles is also well-known: Meetings and negotiations that goes on forever, situations where everybody do their best to cling to their positions till most drop from their pole, and give in to what-ever, just to be able to go home…

Sitting on poles might be compared to walking together, and I wonder if it is very different abilities and strategies that are needed to survive and thrive through those to challenges

Position based discussion, where nobody can move much.

Keywords: polesitting, flag pole, stamina, patience, never give up, holding out, competition, winning, conflict, debate, discussion, mediating, meeting, negotiation, negotiating, motivation, hope, ambition

About Museum of Psychology – Visualizing psychology
We understand reality at least through a combination of metaphors, images, stories and experiences. But also through our dreams, understandings, feelings, music, walk of life, directions, expectations, relations… and even more dimensions.

Much of this have in common that we can somehow sketch up maps and drawings of these places, trails and situations. Here on Museum of Psychology I (Frits Ahlefeldt) am drawing up a slowly growing map of our many landscapes of understanding.

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