Fake it till you make it: Part 1

Re-Programming the subconscious mind

The subconscious mind is like a big, empty hard drive in a computer. It accepts and stores emotions and memories just as they are, with no judgment or quantifying. It does not select nor discriminate. What goes in stays in, exactly as it was received. Garbage in, garbage out. The subconscious is totally accepting of all the data presented to it and it constantly records everything.
What the subconscious mind is exposed to affects how you subsequently perceive the world and respond to it.

According to WebMD, children spend an average of 6 hours, 32 minutes each day watching TV or using other media. Is it surprising they are more violent and abusive, considering the types of programming they are exposed to daily? When children watch TV, they go into trance and are highly suggestible.

The subconscious mind is not just a repository of memories. With the emotional energy that accompanies them, memories emerge as ‘scripts’ that determine how you react to current experiences. Scripts conserve mental resources by reacting on the basis of assumptions and stereotypes about others, but also (and more importantly) about yourself.

Some old scripts no longer work for you. For example, when you were a child, Mother used to scold you for not making the bed. As you prepare for a visit from Mother this weekend a curious anxiety has you frantically cleaning the house and re-making all the beds. It seems silly since you are an adult and it is now your own home.

Many such scripts created when you were a child do not fit you now. To re-write your ‘housekeeping script’, you need to reprogram your subconscious to deal with Mother as an older peer, no longer as with her as the adult and you as the child.

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