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What is the most dangerous part of living unconsciously?

Lisa Oz
Health Education

As horrific as it sounds, the most dangerous part of living unconsciously is not our boring, predictable, rote behavior. What we do is right up there on the surface for all the world (including ourselves) to see. If we can observe our actions, then there's at least a slight possibility that we can change. The real problem arises when our thoughts become automatic and repetitive. These are significantly more difficult to isolate because they're so deeply ingrained and have become so familiar. Much of what you think is merely a routine response, having absolutely no bearing on your current situation. Acquired at some point in the past, it became a programmed reaction. Again, this is a useful tool for basic human survival on both the individual and collective levels.

Ages ago, a caveman ate a toadstool and died. Today, pretty much everybody knows not to eat random fungi when wandering through the woods. At some point, you probably burned yourself and no longer play with matches. The ability to learn from previous experience is highly beneficial. But if you take that same type of thinking and apply it too broadly, it becomes crippling. You fail one math test in third grade, so you go through school convinced that you're bad at math. Your boyfriend dumps you, so you approach every subsequent relationship with trepidation.

These conclusions are not necessarily true. You may be terrible at math, but you also may have just had an incompetent teacher. And even if you really are bad at math, just how bad are you? Can you balance a checkbook? Bad is a relative term. Unless you examine your beliefs, you will never know the truth and will go through life operating from assumptions that are most likely erroneous.

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