Tour of The Ship – Part 2

The Captain

Our rational brain is the Ship’s Captain. This part of us is logical, analytical. This is the part that communicates in:

  • written languages,
  • calculations,
  • planning,
  • lists (like this 😉 ),
  • and schematics.

Endless Horizon

With their ‘pilot sight’ – like a radar – the Captain can look well beyond the visible horizon.

When you are planning and event or trip that you will be taking next month, that is far beyond the comprehension of your First Mate or your Deckhand, but it is your Captain who can see this event, understands it, and can plot it in time. Because comprehension of time is part of the Captain’s skills.

Recognising Patterns

The Captain gathers information and distils patterns from that. With these patterns, the Captain can then calculate the probability, the likelihood, of certain events taking place. For example: How likely is it that you will pass a test if you don’t study?

Voice & Purpose

They are usually level headed and very clear in their communication, but they use complicated words and are very strict about facts and reasoning.

What they lack, however, is an understanding of emotions. They have very little patience with emotional arguments, even when those emotions are your own.

They can be authoritarian, but they are also the part of us that is decisive. That charts a course, lays it out, and then makes sure that the Ship follows it.

That is the core task of a Captain: navigation.

They calculate the safest course through the events that shape our life, and pilot us through those events.


About the author

Christel Vogels developed the Ship Psychology Method as a playful means to understand your own mind. As coach and trainer, she teaches people how managing their thoughts, feelings and behaviour can help to improve their mental quality of life.

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