Says the psych major

Pat just told me that all cognitive behavior is fully ingrained and developed by the time we are 8 years old. So our thought patterns, even though we may know they are slightly irrational, are really those of an 8 year old. It makes sense. I know why I think certain things, I know they are not entirely rational, that I don’t want to think that way, but that’s why it’s so hard to change those patterns. We have been thinking them before we knew why.

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2 Responses to Says the psych major

  1. Oh, yes, Rachel, you’ve presented things so clearly as they are–‘we have been thinking them before we knew why.’ Changing the way one thinks is the work of a lifetime. It’s more than just overturning the work of eight years–more like changing all of your cells one by one over and over again, and sometimes you’ll think something new, that the 8-year old couldn’t possibly have dreamt, and then you’ll write a poem. Hard work, but always and ever worth the angst. xo

    • rachvb says:

      We are never-ending beings. We posses mazes within mazes. I’m glad I have poetry and writing. For all the dizziness it causes at times, it certainly helps me through the labyrinth of my own noggin. Growth is always worth it. Strange we can never understand where we are going until we get there and then looking back we wonder how we could have ever been – here or there.

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