In addition to the six suggestions in Safety Briefing No 8 on how to condition the subconscious to help us more, here are another four suggestions.
How to become even more aware of conditioning the subconscious.
- The subconscious has been conditioned to force you (often without thinking) to help others even if that might kill you. If you do not help a fellow human in need “you are a terrible person”. And have to live with the guilt all your life. Generally, in an industrial setting, say to the subconscious over and over again “A GOOD PERSON HELPS ONLY WHEN IT IS SAFE TO DO SO”.
- The subconscious knows that if you say “no” to people, they don’t like it. They may become upset and can hurt us – one way or the other. So, it usually gets us to say “yes”, even when we don’t want to and know we shouldn’t. Keep saying to yourself, “SAYING ‘NO’ IS GOOD IF IT SAVES A LIFE OR AN EYE”.
- CHOOSE WORDS CAREFULLY because if we mock, belittle, compare or accuse people, when they stop jobs or ask questions, they will without knowing it, move away from the right behaviour. The subconscious will protect people from the psychological pain of looking stupid, looking incompetent or looking weak!
- For some reason, we have been conditioned NOT to admit it when we DON’T KNOW something. This means that we often do not ask questions when we don’t understand. And of course, we should! So, keep saying to your subconscious, “IT IS ALWAYS GOOD TO ASK QUESTIONS. IF I DON’T KNOW THERE WILL BE OTHERS WHO ALSO DON’T KNOW. IT IS GOOD TO ASK QUESTIONS.”
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