Why you have blindspots which get you into trouble - Karen Salmansohn

Why you have blindspots which get you into trouble

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The above is not a typo.

I’m sharing it misspelled on purpose – for the following reason – explained below.

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The above research and paragraph is from Madeleine L. Van Hecke, PhD. -who has written a lot about blindspots and why people do dumb things.

I’m a big fan of discovering blindspots in life – and I very much found Dr. Van Hecke’s research study very interesting.

Dr. Van Hecke explains that for the very same reasons you can read that gobbly-gook up above, you are also destined to do dumb things in life at times.

Here’s the scoop:

As an adult your brain is now filled up with lots of beliefs on how things should be – in the same way you have a sense of how words should be.

The problem:

Some of your beliefs are totally incorrect.

Or your beliefs are very much correct, but stubbornly single-minded.

As a result, when you look at an event, problem, new person (etc ) you will often fill in the open gaps of missing information with just plain limited beliefs or wrong conclusions.

You know those times in life when you say:

“WHAT WAS I THINKING?”

Or…

“HOW DUMB OF ME!”

Well, those times occurred because you were diong waht the tset abvoe shwoed you hvea a tnendnecy to do.

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“Blind spots” are why …

  • Bank robbers have been known to write stick-up notes on the back of their very own check-book receipts.
  • You might initially think “Chateaubriand” is a new wine.
  • You might yell at someone in public for their demeaning behavior — thus doing the very behavior you’re trying to correct.

The good news:

Dr. Van Hecke argues that you’re not actually always stupid when you do or think stupid things. You’re just experiencing a “blindspot” moment — due to your projected thinking.

Luckily, there are specific techniques to increase your range of vision, beginning with developing and embracing a stronger “Beginner’s Mind.”

In Buddhism “Beginner’s Mind” is described as the pure lens with which someone who is absolutely new to a situation can see the world. The ability to view things with full clarity – and without projections and limiting beliefs.

There’s a famous Buddhist quote:

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilties. In the expert’s mind there are few.”

Children unwittingly have beginner’s mind. This is why kids are often smarter than adults at problem-solving puzzles.

If you’d like to be better at spotting your Blindspots – you need a calm mind – free of stress. You need a mind which is full present in the now. Want help? Check out my video course The Anxiety Cure – click now!

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Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.

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