Fragments XXIXX

Limitless bodhisattvas; unstoppable, because one cannot stop, the stopped. When the meek stop, gods listen, and death shudders, earth is saved.

The dogs Pavlov could not condition, did not resist Pavolvs bondage—only the animals resisting Pavov’s bondage were conditioned to salivate at the bell (see Eysenck & Eysenck, 1985, p. 240). Perhaps it wasn’t the resistance of bondage, or the non-resistance, it was the increased metabolism in need of sustenance replenishment that was presented for association conditioning. Pavlov eliminated the non-resistant dogs from the experiment ([TODO; in historical behaviorism paper in filing cabinet]).

For the curious, there is more to the story (see Adams, 2020, van Der Kolk, 2014); Pavlov also installed “saliva collectors” in orphan children—yes, you read that right.

Integrating Pavlov’s Four Temperaments & Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow

Upon review of Pavlov’s four temperaments (Changing Minds, n.d.) and Csikszentmihalyi’s flow axis, one may readily arrive at some immediate observations of a more complete theory of flow-conditioning. In this exercise, it may be realized that cognitive psychological perspectives may contribute temporality to event script efferent behaviors. Further studies are recommended.

Anxiety2Extreme Response1Moderate Response1Flow2
Passivity1Active1Strong Excitatory1Lively1
Passivity1Passive1Weak Inhibitory1Calm Imperturbable1


1 Pavlov’s four temperaments (Changing Minds, n.d.).
2 Uses the twin axis of apathy-flow and boredom-anxiety (Csikszentmihalyi, 1997), though boredom is in some models opponent to arousal, and replaced with relaxation. It is preferable to preserve the axis as anxiety-boredom as these are instagatory properties most likely resultant from underlying phenomena described and explained by opponent-process theories of motivation and sensory habituation.


Adams, M. (2020). The kingdom of dogs: Understanding Pavlov’s experiments as human–animal relationships. Theory & Psychology, 30(1), 121–141.

Changing Minds. (n.d.). The Dog Temperaments. Changing Minds.

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1997). Finding flow: The psychology of engagement with everyday life (1st. ed.). Basic Books.

Eysenck, H. J., & Eysenck, M. W. (1985). Personality and individual differences: A natural science approach. Plenum Press.

van der Kolk, B. (2014). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma. Penguin Books.