If someone doesn’t study themselves in an effort to correct deficiencies, I think they’re almost guaranteed to continue running the same, obsolete scripts over and over again.  We’ve all seen people who employ the same, ill-fated approaches because it’s easier to do than hold themselves accountable by looking into the mirror.

In my mind, this is one of the surest ways to waste any free will we may or may not have.


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  1. Take care in judging “deficiencies.” Being human could be considered as such. The price of taking oneself too seriously is often a joyless lack of freedom to be other than perfect. Relationships with other “flawed” people are dependent on your self forgiveness.

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      • I believe it takes probably more than a human mind to compute this. And computer algorithms will also not do (Limited to the input they get, and very often flawed by the defaults of their designers). Humans evolve through resolving and Gödel already proved that logic cannot represent the true nature of the reality; only of the language that describes it.

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      • I don’t think anyone’s proved anything regarding the true nature of reality, but as far as interaction with other humans goes, the use of deductive (theorizing an approach) and inductive (drawing conclusions through experimentation) can produce largely consistent results. Mentalists do it quite effectively, so do good psychologists, and so does Tony Robbins for that matter.


  2. It is important that we learn from our mistakes. We are born with the natural capacity to do this. We are born learners and experimenters.

    The reason we develop bad habits and refuse to acknowledge our capacity for positive change is that we develop what Wilhelm Reich called our “character armour” – i.e. a rigid ego-structure formed in response to a sense of anxiety about threats external – e.g. the criticism of others – and internal – all the painful or hostile emotions we keep bottled up.

    If we are to return to our child-like flexibility – if we are to find the courage and enthusiasm for positive change – we have to free ourselves from the sense of insecurity about self which caused us to form our armour. We have to cultivate unconditional self-acceptance. This is not complacency about our behaviour, but complete acceptance of what lies behind that behaviour. We can look in that mirror only if we know with absolute certainty that we will not condemn ourselves for anything we may see there.

    When we are engaged in meaningful activity – when we are in that child-like state of responsiveness to the lessons life has to teach us – we forget ourselves for the moment. By contrast, most of us have probably experienced times when we were so focused on looking for deficiencies in ourselves – so self-centred – that we were crippled by our self-consciousness and unable to move away from any bad habit.

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