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Friday, October 20, 2006

Eleven PLus Rhythms

In the early 1900s a Viennese professor of psychology and a German Doctor independently discovered evidence from studying patients’ records of the existence of calculable life-cycles. In the 1920s an Innsbruck Doctor discovered a third - an intellectual one of 33 days.

This gives us three life cycles, each with a very definite span, a all calculable from the day a person is born. In bio-rhythm terms:

Physical relates to energy, self confidence, drive and physical health.

Emotional refers to moods and feelings, frustrations and outlook.

Intellectual means the ability to absorb knowledge, or reason and to develop skills.

These cycles are supposed to flow through lives like waves. The first half of the phase is called the positive phase - as then someone is at their best. The second half is the negative phase when it is unlikely that a person can better their performance.

What then if a child arrives to do an eleven plus examination when he or she is in the negative phase of the intellectual side? Even worse, take the day when all three phases meet - that is the stay in bed day. If only two phases are meeting that is called `double trouble’.

More worrying is if parents plan ahead at conception that the intellectual side will be strong on the day of the eleven plus examination. (Even couples in love can look ahead ten years.) Then, through circumstance beyond the mother’s control, her baby arrives two weeks early. This then would throw out all calculations.

Even worse - what happens if the date of the eleven plus examination is moved? Can the parents sue the examination board for depriving their child of a fair and honest examination?

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