THREE IN ONE CONCEPTS

GORDON STOKES


1998 CONFERENCE PAPER


Every one of us, child or adult has an image of Self – what we are, what’s expected of us and what we expect of ourselves. We build this image on how we feel about “things” plus input from our peers, parents, teachers and people to whom we grant authority or influence – not to mention our genetic blue-print which, of itself, determines our basic matrix of behavior.

The experiences we have reinforce this Self-image, for “good or bad” as the case may be. Actually, we (mentally) talk ourselves into what we believe true about ourselves. And this Self-Talk cycle turns us into “self-fulfilling prophecies.”

We then accept only the input that reinforces our self-image, which is really a lie, and we begin to act out this role as if it were true.


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