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Bags of the past: Default programs, ready-made responses… New dreams call for new behaviors.  Unless you refuse to change… What worked in the past only digs holes in the present. Old strategies and methods would hardly fulfill new dreams. Start again, but don’t resort to default behaviors, imagine new behaviors. Past behaviors worked in the past, but you’ve changed and so has the world. Examples of Old Bag: During stressful situations you reach into a well-worn back of tools – default responses. Defaults invisibly fit your grip. They’ll work again, you believe.

Default responses blind to new possibilities.

Two year olds get what they want by kicking and screaming. Leaders, who haven’t grown up, reach in their tool bag and pull out default responses of anger, for example. Negative defaults: The following strategies worked for you in the past.

  1. Pushing harder rather than stepping back.
  2. Anger rather than openness.
  3. Blame rather than responsibility.
  4. Attack rather than collaboration.
  5. Stubbornness rather than flexibility.
  6. Defending rather than listening.
  7. Explaining rather than exploring.
  8. Withdrawal rather than reaching out.
  9. Taking things personally rather than focusing on issues.
  10. All or nothing rather than progress.

Don’t let default responses bury you. New dreams require new tools. Imagine: Ask someone who is in default-mode to imagine other responses and they go blank. Addressing defaults:

  1. Invite someone to tell you what you look like when you’re in default mode. Better yet, ask them to talk/act like you act so you can see it. (Fasten your seat belt.)
  2. Forget solutions; explore strategies. Stop solving the problem and examine the way you’re solving problems.
  3. Uncover desired outcomes. What are you really after when you default to your default responses? Is it what you really want? What do you really want? Get that.
  4. What do your default responses say about you?
  5. How would someone you admire deal with situations you’re in?

What default responses do you see in others? In yourself? Note: A post from Dan Rockwell

(And you can change with patience and hard training

Any differences between behavior priming and brainwashing?

Have you submitted to a scrambled-sentence test? For example, rectify these sentences:

1. him was worried she always

2. from are Florida orange temperature

3. shoes give replace old the…

How quickly do you think you can work out each scrambled sentence? Do you think on any thinking else when being tested? Surely not.

Suppose among the ten scrambled sentences there are words such as worried, Florida, old, lonely, gray, bingo, wrinkle, forgetfull…scattered throughout the sentences…Is there anything common among these words?

Undergraduate students participating in these tests, behaved for a short time as old people do after the test: They invariably walked slowly, back bent…

The unconscious Big Brain was picking up on these common denominator words, behind its locked door…

The unconscious mind got the clues and was telling the body of the test-taker: “We are in an environment that is concerned about old age. We better behave accordingly…”

The unconscious mind is acting as a mental valet, taking care of minor details to act accordingly, so that we can be freed to focus on the main problem at hand…

John Bargh experimented with two groups of undergraduate students. Group One worked scrambled sentences sprinkled with words such as aggressively, bold, rude, bother, disturb, intrude, infringe…

Group Two worked with words like respect, consideration, appreciate, patiently, yield, polite and courteous…

After the test, each student had to walk the corridor to an office to meet with the principal researcher. A confederate researcher was to block the entrance of the door and converse with the main researcher, a long and pretty boring conversation…

Group One subjects ended the conversation and barged into the office within 5 minutes. Group Two subject waited for the conversation to end before getting in. Group Two students could have waited for much longer if the protocol was not set for only 10 minutes of conversation…

There are these mental clinical cases called ventromedial pre-frontal cortex,  a part of the brain situated behind the nose.  When this part is damaged, the individual is unable of judgment and making decision. The patient is functional, intelligent and highly rational but lacks judgment. For example, if the patient is asked to choose between two appointment dates, he will analyse and offer all kinds of pros and cons for 30 minutes and still be unable to decide on any date… The mental valet is not working in this case to guide and orient the patient toward more important tasks at hand…

When mentioning a brainwashed mind, you visualize someone robbing a bank or doing violent acts without his full will, or being induced to describe details of his childhood against his will…

Maybe there is a subtle factor or a catalyst that shifts behavioral priming into the qualitative condition of brainwashing

I posit that brainwashing is very much like priming a brain, but done on successive and frequent occasions, verging on a continuous situation where the mental valet is working full-time and barely able to liberate the mind to focus on more important tasks to reflect on…

Think of totalitarian regimes of communism or the Catholic Church dominion in Europe for 9 centuries of the dark Middle Age period. People had to navigate an environment of restrictions and limitation in ideas, opinions, objects, products, hair style, fashion…

You may read about the priming of the thief-program in the link of note 2.

Note 1: Article inspired from a chapter in “Blink” by Malcolm Gladwell

Note 2:




March 2023

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