Some persons are wavering and vacillating in nature. In most issues, they are indecisive. When they have to take a decision and they take one, later they become dissatisfied for having taken that decision and for not having taken any of the other alternatives. Their oscillating mind broods over the so-called wrong decision taken. Mental conflict arises out of such vacillation or oscillation. This post lets check out how to improve decision-making skills.
Religious indoctrination, rigid social restrictions, inflexible cultural norms and moral or ethical inelastic standards are stamped on the minds of some persons as sacred and inviolable. It is sacrilegious and profane for them to violate this sacredness. They are puritan and perfectionist. Their parents, elders, the clergy and social neighborhood have brain-washed them.
They are also susceptible subjects to be brain-washed. Willingly and happily they accept these environmental influences and, thus, these impressions become firmly nested in their minds. Their minds become blunt to logical analysis and rationality. They resent ideas alien to their own and revolt against any rational thinking which is considered by them to be profane.
But circumstances sometimes force these persons to act contrary to their imprinted standards. It may so happen that their personal weakness yields to their moral and religious sanctity and impels them to indulge in the so-called profanity and immorality. The breach and violation of their standards, due to any reason, breed emotional conflicts in their minds. Finally, they fall victim to their mental conflicts.
The Ideals and Sacred Ethic
The third category of mental conflicts has its origin in the subconscious or the Unconscious. Some so-called ideals and sacred ethics have already been deeply lodged in their subconscious or Unconscious. Their storage might have relevance to incidences in the present life or past lives. The person is ignorant of his unconscious ideals and norms. When he commits something in action out of compulsion or due to personal weakness, he is consciously unaffected, but unconsciously agitated due to mental pull and push in an inner tug of war.
Emotional conflict, especially of the second and the third type described above is the causal factor of a variety of psychosomatic diseases. Any system of the body and any organ of any system may be affected.
How to Improve Decision-Making Skills
“I think logically and rationally. I erase the irrational, rigid standards from my unconscious. I am free from conflicts and contradictions.”
It also may be a fact that the person’s action is really bad when judged rationally. His action cannot be supported by any good ethical standard. It is bad, ugly, heinous, and inhuman. Even in such a situation, the person can disentangle himself from the feeling of guilt and sin and free himself from emotional conflicts. He should genuinely repent for the commission and omission and swear not to repeat the misdeeds in future. With this mental set-up, he can practice yoga-nidra with the following sankalpa.
“I am sorry for what I have done. I really repent. I am free from emotional conflicts.”
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