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Should You Let Your Past Determine Your Future?

Should you let your past determine our future?  Well, yes and no.  Have you ever held a grudge so long and so strong that you hogtied yourself to keep yourself from doing anything different in the future?  Hate has captives.  For the rest of their lives these people think that they have no choice but to repeat the past  or to control their behavior in such a way as to avoid falling into a trap that they fell into in the past.  Have you ever heard of superstitious behavior.  This often happens when something happens just before something good or something bad happens and the person involved believes that they should either keep on doing that behavior or going into that situation or avoid it all together in the future when maybe it was just a coincidence.  This is common among gamblers and athletes.

You have a mind. Use it.  Learning should never stop and just because you have figured out one solution to a problem doesn’t mean you should always solve it that way in the future.  Be flexible, be creative.  Use the abilities that you were born with.  Don’t rely constantly on other persons solutions to solve your problem.  Just like shoes, other people’s solutions don’t always fit your situation  just like Wearing other people’s shoes  which might give you blisters, hammer toes or bunions, etc.

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Sometimes even the “facts” that you learned as a child are erroneous and can trip you up.  With “good” parenting, children can get an accurate picture of themselves and their good points and bad points.  If parents have lots of problems themselves they can mess up their children’s lives sometimes permanently.  Get some perspective on your situation when you were home growing up and see it with another person’s eyes.  Children can often be gullible as they want to be loved and accepted. Some children have been raised by parents who still are children themselves and they may even see their children as rivals.  This does not lead to doing or saying things that are in the best interests of the child.

With the voice of authority our inner voice of conscience  often mimics what our parent  said to us when we were a child.  Others like teachers, grandparents, and neighbors can also effect not only your sense of conscience but also your self-concept whether it is good or bad.  Time for a reality check here.  Do your parents’ rules make sense now that you are an adult and on your own?  We do many things by force of habit (which is good when you are going for a bicycle rid)e.    Since most of these reactions are automatic, this makes it hard to change our behaviors even if they are self-defeating.  For example,  have you ever gotten your buttons pushed and reacted before you knew it letting the other person who pushed your buttons be in charge of your behavior?  This can be a demanding, controlling, or dependent parent or a rebellious child who does not respect you, who thinks he or she is better than you, and who wants to control you, not be controlled by you.

The harder it is to change and the more self-defeating your learned behaviors are, the more likely you should seek professional help as anger and depression can follow from a deep searching of your past experience.  It can destroy your equilibrium to delve too deeply or go too fast in your self-renovation project without good help.  I am rereading a book as I write this, Toxic Parents, by Dr. Susan Forward.  You can consult this book for more information and she also warns about applying this type of material to your situation.  She does this at the end of the book.

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