Cycles: The Mysterious Forces that Trigger Events by Edward R. Dewey

An excerpt from the book Cycles: The Mysterious Forces that Trigger Events by Edward R. Dewey, a look at the nature of emotions and moods.

CYCLES: THE MYSTERIOUS FORCES THAT TRIGGER EVENTS. By Edward R. Dewey with Og Mandino. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1971.

About the book: A fascinating study of cycles, a new science dealing with the behavior of events recurring at reasonably regular intervals throughout the universe. This science may ultimately enable people to predict, scientifically and accurately, the events of tomorrow. Our excerpt discusses the emotional ups and downs of human beings.

From the book: Some years ago a scientific study of these emotional fluctuations in male human beings was conducted by Professor Rex Hersey of the University of Pennsylvania. His conclusion was that although the emotional cycles of individual men vary with the individual from 16 days to 63 days, the average length for men is about 5 weeks. This is the typical length of time it takes for a normal man to move from one period of elation down the scale to a feeling of worry (the most destructive emotion, according to Hersey) and back up again to the next period of elation. . . .

To simplify and portray the fluctuating moods of his subjects, Professor Hersey constructed a scale of emotions to which he applied numerical values. Happiness and elation received the highest value, plus 6; worry was assigned the lowest value, minus 6.

Each day for 13 weeks the subjects were briefly interviewed 4 times and given a "mood rating" for that day, ranging from plus 6 to minus 6. . . .

The major surprise to Hersey was that although different individuals had different cycle lengths, they were always fairly constant for that individual. If one worker had an average mood cycle of 5 weeks, it was almost never less than 4 weeks, almost never more than 6. . . .

Obviously it would be of great help to you if you knew your "high" and "low" periods--and this can be quite easily learned, with a minimum of time. Begin by preparing a simple chart similar to the one shown. . . .

This is a simplified version of the graph used by Professor Hersey but it is sufficient to chart your own emotional cycle. Every evening take a few moments and review your general mood of the day. Then place a dot in the box which you believe most aptly defines your state of mind. Connect the dots with a straight line as time goes on.

Soon a pattern will emerge. This is your natural mood rhythm and in most cases it will continue. After a few months you will know, with amazing accuracy, when your next "high" is due and when you should prepare for your next "low." As I mentioned earlier, this cycle will normally not vary by more than one week either way. With this knowledge, this ability to at least partially "see into your future," you will be able to adjust your behavior to suit your mood. When you are going through your high period of elation, you will think twice before making rash promises, impossible commitments, or misguided installment purchases. You will also be able to live through your low periods of sadness and depression because you will know that these too will pass, within a few days. A greater knowledge of cycles, as you can see, will help you to change what can be changed and prepare for what cannot.


1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Elated +3

Happy +2

Pleasant feeling +1

Neutral 0

Unpleasant feeling -1

Disgusted; sad -2

Worried; depressed -3

A Grid for Recording Your Emotions

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