Learning to be objective is one of the biggest challenges we face while improving our lives. We have unwittingly programmed our minds with so much negative thinking that becoming less subjective is difficult. Becoming open minded to other ideas, cultures and religions is important. To me, this has proven quite useful, in helping me overcome my shallow thinking and preconceived notions. On some level, I think we live a sheltered life, while utilizing our defense mechanism of survival. The turmoil that can result in narrow views of the world is incredible!
The way that people affect one another is a mystery that contains such magic that we may never fully comprehend. In addition, the effect we have on ourselves is something that we are just now beginning to perceive. I read an article that Brandi sent me yesterday, that tells a lot about the way we see our world. The part of our brain that solves problems is the same that recognizes them. If we have the skill to realize a problem, we have the skill to find a solution. This rather explains our awareness levels to some degree.
Think of what you have heard of alcoholics. They say that admitting you have a problem is the first step. After reading this article though, I have to say it is more than admitting, but beholding! How is a person going to know he or she has a problem with their drinking if they are uninformed? Sure, we have a sense that tells us there is something wrong, and we experience the anger and insecurity. Unless we learn about these issues, we truly cannot perceive the problem. We may actually perceive that fear and anxiety are what life is all about. Unless we study and become informed, we may lack the required skills to help ourselves.
Each time that we study another outlook or idea, we gain a little more skill and insight. As we improve the skill, we do more than assemble information. We actually develop a level of comprehension, which surpasses what we previously understood. As our skill develops, we become competent in different areas of living. Many people have much to offer, and if we are open to learning from one another, it is useful. We must first somehow discover a way to believe that a different point of view is helpful.
We are hesitant to discuss certain issues like religion and politics, in fear of offending. Many of us spend time practicing minding our own business. Shoot some people in families cannot even discuss the problems they have and help one another. There are various reasons for this, I understand. However, until we open our hearts and minds up to one another, and discover our differences, how will we find the likenesses? If we can learn enough to let go of our set-in-stone prejudgments we can then communicate more effectively. Develop a passion for learning, watch your life blossom, and become interesting!
Here is the article Brandi sent: Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments