Last post we discussed the difference between a philosophy and belief systems such as religions. I asked you to do some critical analysis of some of your core beliefs. I also asked you to remove the emotion, question your knee-jerk responses, and think about whether the things you believe are the result of your philosophy, or are meme complexes.
Some of you did that, and some of you did not. Not surprising, since this is one of the most difficult thing a human being can attempt. It takes a tremendous amount of intellectual agility, deep awareness, and rock solid self-confidence to do this. For many people, it’s almost as futile as trying to do mental therapy on yourself.
One of the things I learned a few years back, is that you can’t cure yourself of mental illness. And by this I don’t mean psychopaths and violent personality disorders, although obviously that is true of these things. But you also can’t cure yourself of much less severe disorders such as narcissism, codependency, and enabling behavior.
Suppose you come to realize you are narcissistic. You decide you don’t like this trait in yourself, so you read a Wayne Dyer book and proclaim yourself cured. If only it was this easy…
These kinds of mental illnesses constantly re-invent themselves. You have confirmation bias, and you can’t look at yourself objectively. But you think you can, so the cycle continues. Rare indeed is the individual who wouldn’t greatly benefit from working with a trained mental health professional.
One of the biggest steps you will ever take on the path to growth and development is being able to recognize a meme complex and know when you’ve been programmed.
Attend a hypnosis demonstration sometime. You will see people placed in a trance and told to do things upon awakening from their trance. They have no idea they are programmed and will insist that they do these things out of personal choice.
Example: A man is hypnotized that whenever the person interviewing him touches his tie, the subject should remove his jacket. He is also hypnotized that when the interviewer pulls on his ear lobe, he should put his jacket back on.
In the course of a ten-minute interview, the subject can be made to take his jacket off and on 15 times. Yet the subject will vehemently argue that this is because the temperature in the room is fluctuating so widely. They are unable to self-discern that they are responding to an earlier programming.
So what about you?
How did you do on yesterday’s questions? Did you trot out all of your pre-conceived beliefs to justify, defend and validate your existing viewpoint? Did you recognize some areas you may have been programmed and not even been aware of it until now?