How are subconscious beliefs, or “programming” created?
Most of us agree, and behavioral scientists confirm, that our behaviors are a direct reflection of our beliefs, perceptions, and values, generated from past experiences. However, the human mind is programmable.
Your developmental experiences from the moment of conception are creating memories, receptors, and programmed responses.
Our mind/body system comes with foundational genetic “software” that are programmed by environmental stimuli before birth, and that programming continues by way of parental and societal attitudes, values, and beliefs after we are born. In fact, research shows that we are most programmable from conception to about age seven. During that time, we have little or no faculty of conscious discernment. As young children we possess limited capability to put into proper perspective harsh, critical, or mean-spirited comments directed toward us by parents, siblings, schoolmates, or adult authority figures. In effect, we take everything personally.
It is this early lack of discernment that creates the mental software that makes up the foundation of our adult personalities. The fact is, as adults, we spend most of our time subconsciously responding to life rather than consciously creating it.
These programs create a kind of filtering system through which we see the world and our place in it. These perceptions determine our choices and direct our behaviors. We don’t see the world as it is. We see it as we are!