Saturday, September 7, 2013

Sub-conscious and Self-esteem

The Pre-Relationship

Self-esteem develops from outward influences starting at the earliest age of human development. We have a mental mechanism to internalize outside influences and they effect and shape our self image. This mental mechanism according to Dr. Sigmund Freud is called a sub-conscious.

This sub-conscious state of mind must be guarded and protected because it is likened to a computer keyboard that programs information into the hard drive. The sub-conscious does not make judgment decisions about whether the information is good or bad, accurate or inaccurate it simply programs it in. Once the information has entered, it starts to impact our feelings and shapes our behaviors to conform to that which has been programmed in. As a child we have very little choice about the programmers; parents and other caretakers, as adults we have choice although sometimes difficult choices that must be exercised. 

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