Monday, February 18, 2013
Day 311: Using Positive Reinforcement as a Force for Change
For the purpose of context suggest reading the post above, if you haven’t already, before proceeding.
In further looking at this point of hesitation, specifically in relation to positive reinforcement and how I have within and throughout my life utilized hesitation as a form of positive reinforcement, as through the act of escaping into myself to entertain an array of stories as thoughts/internal-conversations/imaginations I created an illusion of relief from what appeared through my own judgment to be stressful circumstances which I, in separation from myself, attributed to my environment as a point of blame – refusing to realize that I was the source of my own stress which I allowed to be triggered by my environment in separation from myself. So, although the environment would be the trigger, I am indeed the one that emits the behavior and thus ensures the probability of its repeating, thus I am the one that decides who I will be within the stimulus that I am presented with, especially over time, as I produce a steady, habitual point of predictability in my behavior – especially when it is additionally reinforced by those in my environment who, in this case of hesitation, also emit this same behavior and this is indeed how we together as humanity and alone as individuals reinforce the entire collective behavior of hesitation through distracting/entertaining ourselves within our minds without question, thus keeping this behavior repeating generation after generation after generation as a massive conglomeration of positive reinforcement: never fully here in physical reality, always an excuse away from responsibility.
When investigating the onset of this behavior of hesitation, it can indeed be a bit tricky when determining who is in fact responsible in terms of for example behavior that is reinforced by a parent when the individual is an infant and thus does not have the ability to decide how they will respond to for instance stress from their environment specifically due to being born into a poverty-stricken family, as at this stage the stress is especially a biological point in relation to hormones, epigenetics and the pruning process of neurons in relation to what gets attention and what doesn’t; which certainly ‘sets the stage’ for how the infant will approach stress as they develop, as they ‘build character’ from these early experiences in their formative years which ‘evolve’ into an entire schematic belief system which we can see is extremely difficult to break out of – yet…it can be done.
For further context, especially in relation to what is occurring within a child in the formative years of their development, I strongly recommend checking out the series: Parenting - Perfecting the Human Race
I mention this point to simply show how this investigation is indeed multi-dimensional – yet what must be realized is that the participation in such behavior can and will always lead back to self, thus self-responsibility, if one dares be self-honest, as we cannot discount the nature of the environment with which we have all ‘had a hand’ in creating through our direct or tacit agreement and that, through this, we are equal to our environment in every way. Thus, when we see the problem, and we are self-honest, there is no other ‘choice’ then but to become the solution.
For now however, I am placing the multi-dimensionality aside and primarily honing in on this point of positive reinforcement and the continued acceptance and allowance of hesitation that I am responsible for sustaining in terms of the acceptance and allowance of missed breaths within my daily life, now – as I am most certainly in a position where I am fully capable of changing/correcting this behavior through the process of taking responsibility to slowly but surely decrease and eventually completely eliminate the amount of breaths being missed in a day, and so increase awareness, effectiveness and self-directiveness, and so in this becoming the solution to what I see clearly is maladaptive behavior I have accepted and allowed; and I make this happen especially through the positive reinforcement of writing, self-forgiveness, and self-corrective living application – this segues nicely into the next point I’ve been investigating, which I see that, due to time-constraints, I require to continue with in my next post where I will be addressing and exploring this point of how I am able to utilize this process of writing, self-forgiveness, and self-corrective living application as a positively reinforced behavior to assist and support myself in transforming this programmed/conditioned behavior of hesitation into a self-expressed living behavior that is directly aligned with/to/as what is best for all Life.
To be continued…
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