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PATTERNS OF ACTION

What Are Patterns of Actions?

Patterns of actions (or action-patterns)  are particular sequences, orders, or arrangements of the action components. However, although they are called action-patterns, the actions in this case, may be entirely mental, or both mental and physical. They are the habit patterns we  apply when dealing with a situation for some purpose. So, your thinking pattern is actually a pattern of mental actions that you use for the purpose of making decisions of quality, priority and method (producing or problem-solving). It often happens that someone uses one pattern of action components for deciding one sort of issue and uses a different pattern of action components for the others. For example, many people rely upon complex replication for acts of qualifying (deciding what matters; what's worth doing; what's beautiful; necessary or true) and then use the component of simple replication for setting priorities and producing outcomes.

The pattern of actions that you use for making each of these sorts of decisions (quality; priority and method) causes the sorts of consequences that you produce as a result of your decisions about what to select and what to reject.

This means that, for example, if you use a pattern of actions for making decisions that relies solely upon simple replication, you will produce consequences that match whatever pattern, procedure, experience or system you are following. In other words, both the method you use and the outcome you get will be highly predictable. You will select what is familiar and matches what you have in mind; you will reject what is unfamiliar or doesn't match what you have in mind.

On the other hand if you use complex variation for each of these sorts of decisions, then the consequences you produce will not match any pattern; procedure; experience or system because you will not have followed any of these. Both the method you use and the outcome you get will be highly original and unpredictable. So you will select and make relationships among what is (or can be made to be) unique and unfamiliar and you'll reject possibilities that seem familiar, ordinary or clichéd.

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