5 Things You Always Wanted To Know About “A Victim Mentality and Game Theory” But Were Afraid To Ask…

 

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What is this Q & A series about?

There are some things within strategic thinking and gamer psychology you really do need to know about but you weren’t aware of.

Once you do think about it, either there is nothing about it that you can read on Wikipedia, or so much complicated and jargony information that you can’t even begin to explore the subject.

 

 

 

#1 Q. What does it mean for an individual to have a victim mentality?

A. Victim mentality is an acquired personality trait in which a person tends to recognize or consider themselves as a victim of the negative actions of others, and to behave as if this were the case in the face of contrary evidence of such circumstances. Victim mentality depends on clear thought processes and attribution. In some cases, those with a victim mentality have in fact been the victim of wrongdoing by others or have otherwise suffered misfortune through no fault of their own. However, such misfortune does not necessarily imply that one will respond by developing a pervasive and universal victim mentality where one frequently or constantly perceives oneself to be a victim.

Victim mentality is primarily developed, for example, from family members and situations during childhood. Similarly, criminals often engage in victim thinking, believing themselves to be moral and engaging in crime only as a reaction to an immoral world and furthermore feeling that authorities are unfairly singling them out for persecution.

#2 Q. Are there specific skill sets that can be used to distinguish those with victim thinking versus those or are actual victims such as a government or corporate whistleblower?

A. Transactional Analysis (TA) an integrative counseling theory based on game theory that has elements of psychoanalysis, humanist theory, and cognitive psychology. Approaches, first developed by Canadian-born US psychiatrist Eric

Berne, starting in the late 1950s. TA distinguishes real victims from those who adopt the role in bad faith, ignoring their own capacities to improve their situation.

#3 Q. It would seem that if a person truly sees themselves as a victim that this pattern would become integrated into their very being as a “reality”?

A. This is true. I speak of this in conversations within my writings on Applied Game Theory) especially concerning Regenerating Thought Processes and sense and cellular memory.

What happens is that the pattern of seeing oneself as a victim in most or all unpleasant situations is intensified once a pattern of victimization has been internalized, This is what occurs when a person finds his or herself in a double bind — some emotionally distressing dilemma in communication, in which an individual (or group) receives two or more conflicting messages, in which one message negates the other. This creates a situation in which a response to one message appears as an ineffective or failed response to the other (and vice versa). In such a situation the person will automatically be wrong or ineffective regardless of response. Double binds appear when a person is unable to confront an inherent dilemma and thus is unable to resolve it or create an exit strategy.

#4 Q. Is there a way of exploring or studying these patterns?

A. There is a theory that explores Object relations. Here one explores the way possession by a false self can create a permanent sense of victimization- a sense of always being in the hands of an external fate. When addressing victim mentality in problem-solving scenarios there are a number of approaches that can also be explored. These include:

· Spiral of silence: Here one opinion in a group of individuals becomes dominant as those who perceive their opinion to be in the minority remain silent because they fear that they may be isolated or attacked by the group because of their opinion. Spiral of science is also known as political and mass communication theory, an idea propounded by the German political scientist Elisabeth Noelle-Neumann

· Somebody Else’s Problem: (also known as Someone Else’s Problem or SEP) is a mental/emotional action where individuals/groups of individuals choose to dissociate themselves from an issue that may be in critical need of recognition. A common metaphor for this behavior is the “Ostrich putting its head in the sand.”

#5 Q. How can one break this type of pattern?

A. It requires that one take responsibility for one’s own desires and long-term actions. This is not easy to do for a person with a long pattern of victim thinking. Since HAGT is focused on personal development one must approach this issue from this perspective. If the pattern is locked in through what is called “emotional baggage” then various approaches can be used. Among these is Inner Child work. Emotional release Bodywork, Homeopathy, and Energy Medicine, Guided Journal Writing such as has been developed by Ira Progoff and various forms of “Ruthless Introspection”.

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Change your attitude, Surrender your fear, and you can have a life of abundance and happiness.

If you have an interest in how and why I do what I do you may want to check out Harrison’s Applied Game Theory (HAGT).

HAGT is an umbrella term for thousands of systematic strategies that describe why and how individuals and organizations make decisions. This process involves more than just making wise choices. It is concerned with the effective organization of data and facts, predictive analytics, collaborative intelligence, self-love, serving others as well as ourselves and many other related ideas.

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Author: Lewis Harrison is an Independent Scholar with a passion for knowledge, personal development, self-improvement, and problem-solving. He is the creator of Harrison’s Applied Game Theory.

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Author: Lewis Harrison is a student of Zen and Taoist thought and is the Senior Teacher in the Wisdom Path Community, a social media group exploring the spiritual path in all its forms. He is a regular practitioner of meditation, contemplation, and ruthless self-assessment.

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3 Profound and Essential Rules For Effective Self-Evaluation

 

 

How to Become a Master Strategist and Fulfill  Your Potential through Self-awareness. ( 3 min read)

 

Self-evaluation is the process by which our sense of self is explored, and when needed, modified. The desire for self-improvement is a strong motivation to self-evaluate and is central to personal development, self-improvement, and self-awareness.

Self-improvement motivations influence the ways in which we select self-relevant information, gauge its importance, draw inferences about ourselves, and make plans for the future.

Experientially-oriented researchers have identified and investigated 3 cardinal self-evaluation motives (or self-motives) relevant to the development, maintenance, and modification of our beliefs concerning ourselves. These are:

Self-Enhancement,

Self-assessment,

Self-Verification

Let’s explore each.

  • Self-Enhancement: With this motivation, there is a desire to improve the positivity of one’s sense of self, and to protect the self from negative influences. This motive influences people to engage in self-evaluation.

For instance, people process information important to the self in a selective manner, focusing on information that has favorable implications to the self and discarding information with unfavorable implications. People also choose to compare themselves socially to others so as to have greater status and to be placed in a favorable position. By doing this, people seek to boost the (self-evaluated) positivity of themselves or to decrease its negativity. This enables them to increase their levels of self-esteem with the aim of having others see them as more socially desirable.

  • Self-Assessment: The Self-assessment motive is based on the assumption that people want to have an accurate and objective evaluation of themselves. To achieve this goal, they work so as to reduce any uncertainty about their abilities or personality traits. Feedback is sought to increase the accuracy and objectivity of previously formed self-conceptions. This is regardless of whether the new information confirms or challenges the previously existing self-conceptions.

Self-assessment is one of the motives that drive self-evaluation, along with self-verification and self-enhancement. Many personal growth experts believe that a self-assessment motive will prompt people to seek information to confirm their uncertain self-concept rather than their certain self-concept. At the same time, people can use self-assessment to enhance the certainty of their own self-knowledge.

Still one must always keep in mind that the self-assessment motive could be seen as quite different from other self-evaluation motives. Unlike other motives, through self-assessment people are interested in the accuracy of their current self-view, rather than improving their self-view. This makes self-assessment a self-evaluative motive, and one of the few motives that may cause a person’s self-esteem to be damaged.

  • Self-Verification: Here the motive asserts that what motivates people to engage in the self-evaluation process is the desire to verify their pre-existing self-conceptions, maintaining consistency between their previously formed self-conceptions and any new information that could be important to the self (feedback). By doing this, people get a sense of control and predictability in the social world.

 

Takeaway

Research has shown self-assessment to be an extremely important tool for self-improvement and personal development. There are, of course, a wide variety of techniques and mechanisms through which learners describe (i.e., assess) and possibly evaluate the qualities of their own learning and growth processes).

One thing is clear — without some form of self-evaluation, there is no moving forward in life.

Author: Lewis Harrison is a student of Zen and Taoist thought and is the Senior Teacher in the Wisdom Path Community, a social media group exploring the spiritual path in all its forms. He is a regular practitioner of meditation, contemplation, and ruthless self-assessment.

His website is AskLewis.com and he can be emailed directly at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

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Why Game Theory is the New Secret to Happiness

 

Among scientists, it is the name used to describe systematic concepts that were designed to explain why and how individuals and organizations strategize, i.e. make decisions when one person (or more than one other person) might also affect the outcome of the decision. This concept is so important that researchers in the field have won dozens of Nobel Prizes including the two awarded this year

Today, (2020) game theory has become an umbrella term or ‘unified field’ theory for thousands of games, most being rational approaches to many different defined interactions including relationships in business, spirituality, competition, sports, romance and even interactions with nonhuman players such as computers, animals, and plants.

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Another way of describing game theory is as the observation of a set of ideas and numbers that describe the past, present, or future state of something particularly strategic interactions between two or more individuals or groups (players) in a situation containing set rules and outcomes. Gamer theory used in a number of disciplines and can be applied to make individual choices in everday life. The theory has most notably used as a tool within the study of economics, particularly in politics, sports and international affairs. The economic application of game theory can be a valuable tool to aide in the fundamental analysis of industries, sectors and any strategic interaction between two or more firms or individuals who need to strategize to create maximum benefit at the lowest possible cost.

How is game theory connected to happiness? Happiness can mean different things to different people. What game theory, especially my approach, known as Harrison’s Applied Game Theory (HAGT) can do is, reduce the ways in which people suffer.

Suffering is disruptive and at times necessary mental, emotional, psychological, and also a spiritual experience of unpleasantness and aversion associated with harm or threat of harm. On the positive side, suffering can contribute to how you organize meaning in your emotional world and much more. One should never assume that all suffering is negative. The key is to understand which suffering is essential and which is a self-created illusion.

Some suffering is an expression of natural law — an essential tool for survival. For the unaware individual, it is often a negative experience, especially if this individual has made poor choices in the past.

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Compassion, one of the most worthy, and admired of human qualities; often comes from recognizing the suffering of others. Their suffering may present great meaning and direction to your own life, motivating and also inspiring you to serve others in need. This service, in turn, creates a larger sense of community.

What determines how intense your suffering is or will be? The origin and cause of suffering; its processes, the meaning it presents to the individual who seems to be suffering; its related social, personal, and cultural behaviors; the knowledge of how to manage, reduce or eliminate the suffering; and the benefits one might accrue for having suffered will all influence the intensity of that suffering. Add to this the frequency of each occurrence, plus the concurrence of mental, emotional, psychological, and also spiritual factors involved. Now by combining these with the duration of the suffering, and you have a wide range of experiences related to suffering.

If you are to understand the meaning of your life it is essential that you explore how and why you suffer.

The Meaning of Life

All human suffering, whether necessary or self-created, is tied to obstacles that have meaning for us. Such an obstacle

may be associated with some physical or psychological discomfort, or spiritually speaking, from the “pain of longing” — the seeking of something deeper than the world of form. Who can say what it might be?

Transcending obstacles defines much of what goes on in life. Think about it. It is likely that you function day to day on “automatic pilot,” then suddenly you experience a usually unexpected obstacle. Now, this obstacle might be walking up the steps of a non-functioning escalator, or waiting in a long line at the post office. It may be something equally annoying like a sudden red light that causes you to hit the brakes on your car. These types of challenges are what get your attention.

When things, events, or people limit your freedom, these “obstacles” take on meaning. We are also often drawn to things of great beauty, sensuality, and elegance. These things also have meaning. So as you can see, to notice something, positive or negative is to give it meaning.

What does it mean for something to have meaning? This is an important question. Many great thinkers have proposed that all meaning is based on your perception as well as shifts in your perception.

Many of us go through life unconsciously. We each decide arbitrarily that some things are important while others are not. Something might have meaning now that did not have any meaning just a few moments ago.

Does ‘meaning’ have to have a particular quality or quantity to it? Will any sense of meaning do? How would you even know if something had more than a superficial meaning? What’s the link between meaning and significance in daily action? If something has meaning for you, does it have ‘meaning’ because it reinforces your sense of being — or is something deeper going on? Is meaning anything more than what grabs your attention?

Your answers to these questions about the “meaning of life” may have great implications for how you think, make choices, use language, and communicate with others in the process of daily living. Without this inquiry, you may be destined to a life of confusion or intellectual, emotional, and spiritual numbness.

What Harrison’s Applied Game Theory does is offer a person the ability to be more effective, efficient, precise, productive, and self-aware. It also gives creative and innovative thinkers the opportunity to create greater meaning in their life by making a measurable difference in the world.

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The Great Game Theory Guide: #14 Using “Big Data” to Create Winning Strategies

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Q. Lewis, where do you get the information you need to create winning game-based strategies?

A. Many game theorists ask how I access so much information across so many disciplines and fields of exploration. I answer, that my research, sourcing, and process has been developing for over forty years.

Now, before I answer your question it might be helpful if we begin with a short introduction to the basics of game theory. Below is an article (a 6-minute read) as well as a more in-depth video embedded in the article. Both were created so they would be understood by 12-year-old.

The Article:

The Best Introduction to Game Theory, Simple and Easy to Understand — Written for a 12-Year-Old

A. Now to answer your question. A. I have been a student and teacher in the human potential, personal development, and self-help movements for over fifty years. It as brought me plenty of laughs, joy, playfulness, and introspection

I am always amused and intrigued by those of my peers that like to claim that all problems are simply the product of negative thinking.

“These are either truly extraordinary people or superficial thinkers with no sense of empathy or compassion for others”.

I imagine that if one can live in the state that Zen teachers call Beginner’s Mind, then there really are no problems, there is only, what “Is”! For those with a deep authentic faith in God, there are also no problems. One can simply say “it is God’s will” or “it is Karma” or “it is all grace” and just live with whatever happens.

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Of course, many of us do not fit into any of these categories. We may even aspire to do so but the reality (or the illusion) of our lives doesn’t allow this. Our parent dies and we not only grieve but also see the loss of this loved one as a problem. We care about our job and feel it is a problem when we feel we are underpaid or have been terminated unfairly. Deeply caring people feel it is a problem when poor people are kept in poverty or are victimized by circumstances beyond their control. Political conservatives often proclaim that “big Government” is a problem, and progressive liberals often believe rich people paying little or no taxes is a problem. The truth is that our own limited thinking is the problem. The rest of us need to jump into the game.

I soon came to understand that life is about knowing we have obstacles to transcend or overcome. As a monk, I could simply meditate and contemplate. In the world, I soon saw that I would need to meditate, contemplate, and strategize. Whether we call it a problem or an opportunity to learn something and grow from the experience is irrelevant. Whatever our attitude may be about the challenge it is nonetheless a challenge. If we are spiritually-focused or are so detached from the affairs of the world that nothing really seems to matter then game theory can do nothing for us. If we are arrogant, irrational, drowning in our own cognitive biases and logical fallacies we will slide into a life of struggle and suffering.

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The Takeaway

Knowledge is power. In life, it best to create a long-term goal or vision using facts, not just opinions . Once we have done that we can use HAGT (Harrison’s Applied Game Theory) and gamer-psychology to strategize effectively while maximizing our potential at the lowest possible cost.

I invite you to read, my regular blogs on game theory, and lifehacking and follow my posts and vlogs throughout the social network:

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HAGT And The 80% – 20% Principle – Achieving your full potential without struggle

Achieving your full potential without struggle

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I have always been intrigued by the ideas of the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto. He observed in 1906 that for many phenomena, 20% of invested energy is responsible for 80% of the results. This important statistic reflects the value of conserving and balancing physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual resources as a means of reducing struggle, and suffering.

I have observed among many of my students that those who develop a mastery of conserving and leveraging their most accessible resources such as time, space, emotional energy, etc., experience less unnecessary struggle than those who do not. Defining your strengths and learning to conserve them and apply them effectively and efficiently is not a simple exercise. This is a constant process that requires the ability to leverage different resources.

Conservation and balance is a discipline which is innate but often repressed or ignored in exchange for short term gain and immediate gratification. Once an individual has committed to the process this idea of consistent conservation and balance becomes as natural as breathing.

Conserving and balancing is a step-by-step process. Each step requires a distinct awareness. If you are not conscious and have not transcended attachment to short-term gratification, you can take this concept, which is a path to freedom, and turn it into a rigid, mental prison. The greater your awareness and the less your attachment to old ways of thinking, dogma, and short-term gratification, the less unnecessary struggle you will experience.

It is often said that “anything done in moderation is not destructive” but that, of course, isn’t necessarily so. Moderate self-destructive behavior is nevertheless self-destructive. If you understand the value of conserving resources, you may still have difficulty balancing them, especially if in this process of conservation you are motivated by pride, vanity, ambition, and hunger to own more and more or experience greater and greater pleasure at any cost. Unfortunately, those who delude themselves by acting in destructive ways, even if moderately so, don’t know who they are, where they are, where they are going, where they have been, or the cost they are bound to pay later.

A person in this state of being may push things to the point of excess and then claim he or she is being moderate. Unfortunately, this way of thinking and living, more often than not, leads to an unpleasant end. Understanding conservation and balance is not just a philosophical issue. It is connected to an individual’s ability to survive.

Takeaway

It is only the immature, unaware, arrogant, or emotionally unbalanced person that struggles with this concept. In the end, he or she is the first to succumb to a dangerous, toxic, or stressful environment.

Ultimately, conservation and balance is the door to a meaningful life.

Author — Lewis Harrison is a practical philosopher. He can be reached at LewisCoaches@gmail.com

 

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I invite you to read, my regular blogs on game theory, and lifehacking and follow my posts and vlogs throughout the social network:

 

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Applied Game Theory, and the Importance of History in Strategizing

Applied Game Theory, and Gamer Psychology

 

Welcome to my Applied Game Theory Newsletter. This is the place you will get real facts, not fake news, or the hype of wish-full thinking. Read on and you will learn how to create winning strategies while becoming more effective, efficient, precise, productive, and self-aware.  Today’s report is about How Understanding Factual History can Take Your “Life Game”  to a Higher Level

 

 

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Let’s explore Applied Game Theory and the Importance of History in Strategizing. It has been said that if you don’t understand history you are likely to repeat it. This is especially so if you are seeking to be more EEPPSA (Effective, efficient, precise, productive, and self-aware. The skilled gamer theorist and strategist studies history to isolate essential patterns. This does not need to be complex.

 

 

 

 

Whether it’s the history of thanksgiving, military strategy, or business success a good place to start is the history channel which has a pop-culture sensibility but plenty of interesting questions, Of course, you can Google History and work your way in from there, I learned a lot just watching the movie American History X, If you search history online lots of interesting stuff will pop up, another way to learn about the past is to take today’s dates and look up this day in history or on this date in history, you can look up today in history, some ethnic groups celebrate certain times of the year to explore their history such as black history month, some seek hardcore history fetching every small detail of the narrative, others flow through YouTube history.  Whether you are seeking fact-based clear history or fact-based  revisionist history the journey is the same, If you are interested in specific subjects you can check out the history channel schedule for history channel shows on the subject

 

Applied Game Theory can help you to connect the dots correctly, and isolate the Dots ……….You May Have Missed

On the surface the issue is simple. Anti-democracy Communist China is bad, democratic Hong Kong is good. I’m a big fan of freedom of speech and clearly the Communists are not. Still, the question arises, why has Hong Kong been separate from China all these years? If you study history and look at it all through the perspective of applied game theory things get a bit fuzzy.

Watch the video below and you’ll see what I mean.

 

After watching this video I think you can understand what I mean concerning the history of Hong Kong and history in general. Things are seldom black and white. This is where applied game theory and gamer psychology can be such a powerful tool.

 

 

The fact is that if you did even a little, serious, fact-based research you could find short articles and videos to explain basic facts from different political, social, and, economic perspectives. A good place to start is the history channel which has a pop-culture sensibility but plenty of interesting questions, Of course, you can Google History and work your way in from there, or watch historically driven films, even if fictional. I learned a lot just watching the movie American History X.  If you search history online lots of interesting stuff will pop up.  Another way to learn about the past is to take today’s’ dates and look up this day in history, on this date in history, and you can also lookup today in history.

 

 

 

Some ethnic groups celebrate certain times of the year to explore their history such as black history month, some seek hardcore history fetching every small detail of the narrative, while others flow through YouTube history for short 5-minute video tips.  Whether you are seeking fact-based clear history or fact-based revisionist history the journey is the same. If you are interested in applied game theory and being more effective and efficient, there are specific subjects you can check out on the history channel. See the schedule for history channel shows on the subject.

 

 

Though there may not be one “right point of view” there are certain facts most critical thinkers can agree on even concerning such controversial subjects as:

  • The History of Thanksgiving
  • Why the American Civil War Happened
  • The source of the problems in Hong Kong
  • Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza
  • What happened in the American Revolution – For instance, The Boston Tea Party did not happen in any way as described by most history books. Oh, and if you don’t know what the Boston Tea Party is, there is a challenge right there.(No it wasn’t an actual Tea Party). Look it up!

 

So what is the meaning of history? History” is an umbrella-term that relates to past events as well as the memory, discovery, collection, organization, presentation, and interpretation of information about these events. The definition of history is drawn from the ancient Greek word, historia, meaning ‘inquiry; knowledge acquired by investigation’. Essentially history is the study of the past.

Events occurring before the invention of writing systems are considered prehistory. ” Scholars who focus on history are called historians. The historian’s role is to place the past in context, using sources from moments and events, and filling in the gaps to the best of their ability. Written documents are not the only sources historians use to develop their understanding of the past. They also use material objects, oral accounts, ecological markers, art, and artifacts as historical sources. In a sense, you could, if you wish, become a skilled amateur historian, a person who solves puzzles by organizing historical facts, material objects, oral accounts, ecological markers, art, and artifacts as historical sources. Still, there is a difference between being a gatherer of historical data point and just making stuff up.

 

 

As Daniel Patrick “Pat” Moynihan (March 16, 1927 – March 26, 2003) the respected American politician, sociologist and diplomat once said   “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” In real-time this is important for anyone, whether a Zionist, “boycott Israel” activist, Black Lives Matter Supporter, or gun rights-second amendment constitutionalist, to keep in mind as they wildly Tweet without seeking out historical facts that are not only not hidden but are sitting there in plain sight.

So let’s look a little closer at the history of History

Herodotus, a 5th-century BC Greek historian is often considered (within the Western tradition) to be the “father of history,” or, by some, the “father of lies.” Along with his contemporary Thucydides, he helped form the foundations for the modern study of human history. Their works continue to be read today, and the gap between the culture-focused Herodotus and the military-focused Thucydides remains a point of contention or approach in modern historical writing. In East Asia, a state chronicle, the Spring and Autumn Annals, was known to be compiled from as early as 722 BC although only 2nd-century BC texts have survived, and throughout the aboriginal world history has been passed down through the oral tradition. Is one approach superior to another? Who am I to say. Still, if we wish to transcend old clichés such as “history is written by the winners” we are going to have to put our thinking caps on and do a little research, research that transcends our cognitive biases and logical fallacies about what happened, where and how did it happen, and who was involved or affected by it happening?

 

 

History, like gsme theory also includes the academic discipline which uses narrative to describe, examine, question, and analyze a sequence of past events, investigate the patterns of cause and effect that are related to them. Historians seek to understand and represent the past through narratives. They often debate which narrative best explains an event, as well as the significance of different causes and effects. Historians also debate the nature of history and its usefulness by discussing the study of the discipline as an end in itself and as a way of providing “perspective” on the problems of the present.

 

Stories common to a particular culture, but not supported by external sources (such as the tales surrounding King Arthur), are usually classified as cultural heritage or legends. History differs from myth in that it is supported by evidence. However, ancient influences have helped spawn variant interpretations of the nature of history which have evolved over the centuries and continue to change today. The modern study of history is wide-ranging and includes the study of specific regions and the study of certain topical or thematic elements of historical investigation. History is often taught as part of primary and secondary education, and the academic study of history is a major discipline in university studies.

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