A Basic Tool to Strengthen A Newer Way of Thinking (ANWOT)
The next series of strens will enlighten you on the power of interpretation. We make ourselves godlike creators and destroyers who now determine our destiny and that of all about us. You will love the practical benefits your will experience as you put this understanding into practice.
The “Triple A” stren, #66, is a powerful wisdom to elevate us to the newer way of thinking we require to survive and thrive in our new era of weapons with ultimate destructive power (WUD). ANWOT does not replace our early way of processing data; it adapts the faith based assumptions for modernity by adding common sense wisdom to new knowledge. Thus, it is not “new”; it is “newer.” You will love the Triple A stren because it is such a helpful tool to understand your mental “workings” and progress to the self-mastery phase of your development.
AAA = Arousal → Assumption →Action
I am indebted to Albert Ellis, the developer of Rational Emotive Therapy, for the triple A stren because he has elucidated the “ABC” concept that I have slightly modified:
A = an Activating event,
B = one’s Belief, and
C = the Consequent action.
My favorite professor, Jerome Frank, in his classic book Persuasion and Healing, referred to the importance of our “assumptive world” consisting of the collection of assumptions that powerfully influence our thinking, feelings, and actions. Our “assumptive world” corresponds to the “B” in the “ABC” wisdom. Ellis explains this idea dates back to the philosopher Epictetus who proclaimed, “Men are not disturbed by things, but by the views which they take of them.” Recall the wisdom of the Charles Shultz cartoon character “Peanuts,” Happiness is a state of mind. Humans create most of our troubles because we passively assume “A”, and activating event leads immediately to “C,” the consequent action. He has developed a system of self-understanding that redirects you to focus on “B”, the major cause of “C.” We best manage ourselves when we recognize it is not the event that causes unhappiness; it is our faulty assumptions or beliefs in response to the event. By assuming “A” is the source of our stress, our thinking is prone to blaming some “it,” “other,” or “our self.” Blaming leads to harmful aggression. By recognizing the importance of our interpretation of the arousal event – “B” instead of “A”, we are more likely to examine our thinking, direct our attention to constructive problem-solving, and take personal responsibility for our actions. We differ from other life on earth by the degree we use language to interpret the data we receive.
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