Who are the best drivers? Who are the worst? And why?

Written by Nancy R. Fenn

Please don’t shootrepparttar messenger, but Suncorp Metway, Ltd., a multi-faceted Australian Financial Service, ranked car accident claimants by sun sign last year in a study of 160,000 accident claims overrepparttar 122357 previous three year period. This is what they found.

The number one worst drivers were Geminis, “typically described as restless, easily bored and frustrated by things moving slowly,” explained Warren Duke, Suncorp’s national manager of personal insurance. “They had more car accidents than any other sign.”

No astrologer would argue with that description ofrepparttar 122358 twins sign and probably this isn't very surprising news. But what aboutrepparttar 122359 other signs?

According to a news release dated February 10, 2002 @ http://corporate.suncorpmetway.com.au/news/news0142.asp , Duke saidrepparttar 122360 study was carried out as part of Suncorp’s annual review of claims but there was no intention to use astrology to factor an individual's motor insurance premium.

"We always look for trends in claims to see if there are ways to reduce our pricing, but there is no intention to introduce astrology as a rating factor for motor insurance," he said.

Second and third place holders for this dubious honor are Taurus and Pisces. “Taureans were thought to be obstinate and inflexible, “said Duke, “while Pisceans could be risk-takers and dare devils.”

Your personal astrologer would offer other explanations. First Taurus. Yes, Taureans can be obstinate and inflexible. But they are alsorepparttar 122361 most introverted and self absorbed of allrepparttar 122362 signs. Their natural path in life is to think about their own body -- its immediate comfort and needs -- and to deal with onlyrepparttar 122363 most tangible and immediate of realities. Their thinking as drivers may run like this. My stomach is full,repparttar 122364 temperature inrepparttar 122365 car is pretty good,repparttar 122366 noise level is good, I’m riding right at 60, I don’t have to userepparttar 122367 bathroom for at least another hour and there’s plenty of gas inrepparttar 122368 tank. At a very fundamental level,repparttar 122369 world outsiderepparttar 122370 chassis of their car may not exist at all. Since freeway driving requires spatial perception and processing of much abstract information (speed, flow and distance), this is counter to their natural way of processingrepparttar 122371 world around them.

Pisces, inrepparttar 122372 number three position, isrepparttar 122373 other sign that lives in a world of its own. Duke describes them as potential risk takers and daredevils. However, there are other signs we would nominate much more readily for a description like this.

Pisceans arerepparttar 122374 gentle dreamers ofrepparttar 122375 zodiac. They may spend many hours a day in fantasy worlds, escapingrepparttar 122376 painful realities of life onrepparttar 122377 physical plane and more often than notrepparttar 122378 pain of being in a physical body. They often experiencerepparttar 122379 whole manifest world as an illusion and their presence in it as temporary and of little importance.

This Piscean detachment fromrepparttar 122380 physical can lead to unconscious feelings of invulnerability or invincibility, also to unconscious feelings of victimization and sacrifice. If you are momentarily deluded into thinking you don’t have physical limits, and that your life is but a fleeting moment inrepparttar 122381 eternal life ofrepparttar 122382 soul, you can respond to situations of physical danger in illogical ways. Or, atrepparttar 122383 very least, be slow onrepparttar 122384 uptake.

Massage Your Mind!: Are You Living In A Cave?

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

When I was three years old, I had an experience I’ll never forget. My mother had just prepared lunch for my brother and me, and a neighbor lady came running over, breathless, telling my mother some news. Mom went right torepparttar television and turned it on. This was unusual—she rarely watched TV. She set uprepparttar 122356 ironing board inrepparttar 122357 living room(!) so that she could iron while watching.

Stranger still, she seemed to have forgotten all about naptime. My brother and I sat onrepparttar 122358 couch quietly, hoping that if we didn’t draw attention to ourselves she wouldn’t put us to bed. We needn’t have worried—Mom was completely caught up in what was onrepparttar 122359 television.

Fromrepparttar 122360 couch, we watchedrepparttar 122361 TV as a scene was played over and over…a man in a car with his wife, and then sudden pandemonium. I couldn’t make much sense of it. Whenrepparttar 122362 man onrepparttar 122363 TV was talking, there was a big photo ofrepparttar 122364 man inrepparttar 122365 car behind him. In fact, whenever anyone was talking, there was that same photo ofrepparttar 122366 man withrepparttar 122367 thick hair and toothy smile. My mother kept ironing, steam rising from my father’s shirts as she said, over and over, “Oh, God….oh, my GOD!”

And that is how, forrepparttar 122368 next ten years of my life, I had an image of God as John F. Kennedy in a long white robe. Even when I realized what I was picturing, and remembered why I had that association, I couldn’t shakerepparttar 122369 image. Even now, forty years later, I still find that mental picture popping up when I least expect it!

It’s fascinating to look at how we learn and what our minds store as knowledge. Do you have a JFK story? We all have stories in our heads ofrepparttar 122370 way things happened or how details fit together. The interesting thing is that they are, indeed, simply stories.

Fortunately, there’s nothing harmful about my childhood image of God. I didn’t start worshippingrepparttar 122371 Kennedy family or anything like that. The entire fields of psychology and psychiatry are based on our early associations andrepparttar 122372 stories we tell ourselves aboutrepparttar 122373 way things are.

And what stories! We create our own histories in our heads, and sometimes it takes a great deal of counseling (or our own application of philosophy) to remodel our stories so that they help us seerepparttar 122374 world in a more realistic way.

Plato had an interesting way of thinking about false beliefs and illusions. He developed an elaborate image of a cave in which all people are chained torepparttar 122375 floor and watching shadows onrepparttar 122376 wall. He described a man who, escaping his chains, becomesrepparttar 122377 first to venture outsiderepparttar 122378 cave. He comes to realize thatrepparttar 122379 shadows cast uponrepparttar 122380 cave walls fromrepparttar 122381 light ofrepparttar 122382 fire bear little resemblance torepparttar 122383 outside world. He sees forrepparttar 122384 first time that cave life is an illusion, and he races back to free his cavemates and show themrepparttar 122385 real world.

Plato goes on to say that this is exactly what a philosopher does. When he tells his cavemates his strange tale, he is cheered by some and rejected by others. Some cave folks are just fine in that cave, thank you very much. They don’t need any other reality. Others are intrigued but hesitant, breaking free of their chains and stepping cautiously intorepparttar 122386 sunlight.

The philosopher’s role is to continue inrepparttar 122387 difficult but necessary work of freeing fellow captives and introducing them to a brighter world. His task is to help us wake up and recognizerepparttar 122388 limitations we’ve constructed for ourselves.

We tend to like our illusions. It’s a pain to question them. It takes too much time, and then it messes up our carefully crafted ideas about life. Better to just sit there with our chains, staring atrepparttar 122389 cave wall. We don’t think it’s so bad…some of those shadows are kind of nice. That fire feels pretty good. These chains, once you get used to them, are barely noticeable. And so it is in modern life.

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