Blank Slate

The Scottish philosopher David Hume was the first to propose the idea of the ‘tabula rasa’ or blank slate. This theory says that each person comes into the world with no thoughts or ideas at all, and everything that a person thinks and feels is learned from infancy onward. It is as though the child’s mind is a blank slate that every passing person and experience leaves a mark on. The adult becomes the sum total of everything he or she learns, feels, and experiences growing up. What the adult does and becomes later is the result of this early conditioning. As Aristotle wrote,”Whatever is impressed is expressed.” Perhaps, the greatest breakthrough in the field of human potential in the twentieth century was the discovery of the self concept. This is the idea that each person develops a bundle of beliefs regarding oneself starting at birth. Your self concept then becomes the master program of your subconcious computer, determining everything you think, say, feel, and do. For this reason, all change in your outer life begins with a change in your self concept, with the change on how you think and feel about yourself and your world.. The child is born with no self concept at all. Every idea, opinion, feeling, attitude, or value you have as an adult is what you learned from your childhood. Everything you are today is the result of an idea or impression you took in and accepted as true, it becomes true for you, whatever the fact may be,”You’re not what you think you are, but, what you think, you are.”

Published by Miss Angey

This is a Kenyan lady currently studying in Uganda.


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