One thing that most people are most skilled at is self-deception. It’s kind of hard to notice, unless you’re specifically looking for it.
I took part in this pretty cool hypnosis demo a while back. The guy took people up on stage, and demonstrated how easily we can “forget” information.
They call this “negative hallucination.” Meaning that something’s right in front of us, but we simply refuse to see it.
Like when people count to ten, and conveniently forget the number four, or people try to introduce themselves, but conveniently forget their own name.
Often times we do this to ourselves. Giving ourselves hypnotic suggestions.
We say things like “I never remember names,” or “I’m terrible at math,” or other things that can make us less than resourceful.
The bottom line is that reality is largely based on our own subjective interpretations of what’s going on around us, and within us.
We’ve all got these “blind spots” that keep us from seeing the really, really good stuff that’s out there, just waiting for us to take it.
I’m sure you’re familiar with the “red car” experience. You buy a certain car (or item of clothing or something else you’ve had your eye on for a while).
Only after you buy it, you suddenly notice that there’s TONS of them out there.
Of course, they were there before, you just didn’t see them.
Other kinds of blind spots are when we remember things the way we wished they would have happened, instead of how they actually happened.
Maybe we’re protecting our ego, or maintaining some belief about ourselves that we don’t want questioned.
But study after study has shown that our memories, even recent ones, are incredibly inaccurate.
The police know this. Prosecutors know this. They know that if ALL they’ve got is eyewitness testimony, they’ve got a pretty weak case.
That’s why they almost always need hard evidence before they can proceed.
Does this mean that we’re doomed to wander life hopelessly lost in our own hallucinations? Not noticing all those amazing things that are right there in front of us, helping us to build the lives we REALLY want?
Not at all.
Knowing, as G.I. Joe famously said, is half the battle.
Once you know what these Blind Spots of the Mind are, you’ll see reality much more clearly.
So clearly you’ll be amazed at what you can start to accomplish.
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