What is Conditioning?
Conditioning is an important concept that must be understood if you want to change your life to the better. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, conditioning is a behavioral process whereby a response becomes more frequent or more predictable in a given environment as a result of reinforcement, with reinforcement typically being a stimulus or reward for a desired response. In other words, conditioning is a type of psychological, as well as physiological, programming.
Conditioning is what makes you – YOU. From the day you are born, you begin to absorb various bits and pieces of information. As soon as you come to understand spoken language of your parents, conditioning begins. Your parents taught you what they knew and what they were taught during their lifetimes – what is good or bad, proper or not, how to behave at home or in public, etc. As children, we learn mostly by imitation, which is one of the reasons why the effects of conditioning are so persistent throughout our lives.
As we grow up, we continue to learn from our friends and family, television, books, teachers, co-workers and so on. Eventually, we become a product of our conditioning and every thought we have, every action we take and every word we utter is due to the cumulative effect of all the conditioning that we have received throughout our life.
- I understand that conditioning is subconscious and mostly automatic. Can I control my conditioning or does it always control me?
Reprogramming yourself is tricky business, but in order for your to start seeing different results in your life, you need to start changing your conditioning – one belief at a time. It is very hard to change something that has been an integral part of your belief system for many years, but if you do nothing, you will continue to live your life in a state of sleep with only glimpses of awareness, love and joy. So the answer is yes, you can control your conditioning, but it requires time and effort because you have to form new habits in order to replace the old conditioning patterns.