Sunday, February 1, 2009

Importance of barrier free communication

Wagner explored the science behind secrets. It began with an experiement putting subjects into a room to speak as they liked. Prior to going into the room, they were instructed NOT to say "white bear". Sounds simple right? Well, not exactly, the participants went in and spoke as they liked, but they kept finding themselves tempted to say w"white bear". The overal psychology behind this is the more you try to suppress and limit a thought, the more conscious you are of it. This phoenomenon can be a secret, a fear, a temptation, or any other restrictions or parameters. As a result, it shows the importance of barrier free communication.

When a person is able to freely express themselves, they remove themselves from the stress and anxiety of keeping a secret. However, if one chooses to be fearful of their fears, it will only build and amplify itself. So the moral of the lesson is, don't be afraid, don't try to hide something, because the more you try to hide it, the more stress it will cause you. The most you can do is try to free yourself of these restrictions.

I know its easier said than done. But have the courage to confront these "secrets" and you will be free at last. Let go some of the emotional baggage you hold, and you will become a much happier person.

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