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May 27, 2024

The Illusion of Good and Bad Programming: Understanding Environmental Influence

BY Marc Mathys
In the realm of personal development and human behavior, the concept of “programming” often comes up. This programming refers to the beliefs, behaviors, and thought patterns instilled in us by our surroundings. It’s easy to categorize these influences as either good or bad, but what if we told you that this dichotomy is an illusion? Instead, the programming we receive from our environment doesn’t inherently belong to us but significantly controls our lives. 
**The Source of Our Programming** 
From the moment we are born, we are like sponges, absorbing information from our environment. Our parents, teachers, peers, media, and societal norms all play a role in shaping our mental software. We learn what is considered right or wrong, acceptable or unacceptable, and these learnings become deeply embedded in our subconscious. 
**The Myth of Good and Bad** 
It’s tempting to label certain programming as good or bad based on the outcomes they produce. For example, a person raised in a supportive environment might develop a positive self-image and be deemed as having “good” programming. Conversely, someone who grew up in a critical environment might struggle with self-worth, seemingly the result of “bad” programming. However, these labels are overly simplistic and fail to capture the complexity of human experience. 
**Programming as a Neutral Force** 
What if we viewed programming as a neutral force? The beliefs and behaviors ingrained in us are not inherently good or bad; they simply are. They result from the specific conditions and environments we’ve been exposed to. For instance, a person who grew up in a high-stress environment may develop a heightened sense of vigilance. While this trait might cause anxiety in everyday situations, it could be invaluable in a high-stakes profession like emergency services. 
**The Illusion of Ownership** 
One of the most liberating realizations is understanding that the programming we carry does not truly belong to us. These beliefs and behaviors were adopted from external sources and do not define our true selves. This awareness is the first step towards reclaiming control over our lives. 
**Breaking Free from Environmental Control** 
While our programming can control us, it doesn’t have to dictate our future. By recognizing and understanding the origins of our ingrained patterns, we can begin to question and challenge them. Techniques like Reset-it can help reset the things that don’t belong to us.
**Reclaiming Your True Self** In the end, the programming we receive from our environment is neither good nor bad—it simply is. By acknowledging that these influences do not inherently belong to us, we can begin the journey of self-discovery and personal growth. We have the power to reset our mental software, breaking free from the constraints of our past and stepping into a more authentic, empowered version of ourselves.
Let us embrace this opportunity to reclaim our true selves and live lives that are genuinely our own. .
 

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