Harry Browne on Identity TrapsSubmitted by Michael Nystrom on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 01:09
From Harry Browne's How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World:
There are two identity traps: (1) The believe that you should be someone other than yourself; and (2) the assumption that others will do things in the way that you would.
These are the basic traps, of which many others are variations. In the first trap, you necessarily forfeit your freedom by requiring yourself to live in a stereotyped, predetermined way that doesn't consider your own desires, feelings and objectives.
The second trap is more subtle, but just as harmful to your freedom. When you expect someone to have the same ideas, attitudes, and feelings that you have, you expect him to act in a ways that aren't in keeping with his nature. As a result, you'll expect and hope that people will do things they're not capable of doing.
There are people here suffering from both, whether on this site, or in your "real" lives out in the physical world. What comes up for you in reading this?