Beware of the Opinionated Mind
By Beverly Blanchard
Trapped in a fixed mode of thinking, these individuals will exasperate and frustrate you. No matter how you present the information they will refuse to believe you.
Usually after engaging in a conversation with these types of individuals, you will find yourself feeling as though someone just sucked the life force out of you. Your energy will be depleted and often you will be emotionally charged with anger or resentment. You may even begin to doubt your own beliefs.
Finally there is the director which is really you as the independent observer. If you find that you are getting emotionally dragged into a conversation or situation, it is time to move to the independent observer position. To do this you remove your focus from the conversation and mentally step outside your body. You become like a fly on the wall. Usually when you do this you discover the conversation is not worth pursuing or you will see how you are allowing your energy to be manipulated.
There are numerous strategies people use to unconsciously manipulate a conversation or interaction. One of the most prevalent techniques is that of not listening. If you are dealing with an opinionated mind, they will automatically shut down their physical senses. The first sense to be turned off is sound. They may be physically in front of you but they aren’t hearing a word you are saying. In fact most are occupied in internal dialogue within their mind and are filtering everything you are saying through their own beliefs and perceptions.
Of course, if you like arguing you can remain in the interaction but then you have to ask yourself: What is this person reflecting back to me about my own opinionated mind?
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