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          Most common expressions of the avoidance response, such as substance abuse and procrastination, are easily spotted.  Patterns involving mental self-deception are among the most difficult to manage because individuals believe their distorted thinking.  I would like to consider in greater detail the various means of self-deception our mind uses to replace the hard-wired instinct to physically run or hide.  However, my priority is to first provide you with the most crucial ANWOT wisdoms that popularize Mental Wealth and establish a substantial grass roots movement of Peace leaders.  I hope to revisit the more difficult to recognize self-deception means of avoidance at some point, but in the meantime there are many books available that address these mechanisms our mind creates to avoid discomfort.

          Negative action patterns are our major source of unhappiness and danger.  The most effective ways to control avoidance behavior and the other five negative patterns is to learn and practice the common sense newer way of thinking.  Focusing on the two universal positive mental responses, problem-solving and self-endorsement, often brings about the desired change without even having to directly challenge the avoidance mental response pattern.  The negative responses tend to atrophy or “melt away” as the problem-solving and self-endorsement action pathways are more regularly practiced.  In addition, developing the positive responses often motivate the individual to directly attack their negative patterns.

          Many additional methods, such as love, education, counseling, religious healing, relaxation training, yoga, meditation, medications, and a supportive environment, are effective.  Individuals who rely on the mental self-deception avoidance behaviors often lack motivation and resist giving up their “defense” against discomfort.  They are more difficult to persuade to engage in the self-education that inspires better alternatives.  In addition to the various interventions here indicated, social pressure and strict limit setting may be required to control anti-social and harmful behavior.  I have learned not to “give up” on resistive individuals because of my prior work with lifestyle drug addicts and anti-social individuals.  There are many ways to encourage, sometimes “bribe” even the most resistive individuals to come around.

          Please don’t miss the next stren, the universally powerful common sense Problem-solving mental action pathway.  Here’s wishing you tons of Mental Wealth.