Past programming - Understanding knowledge development
Understanding the past development of dependence on outside forces to influence our development and our lives is importance to start the awareness of the need for change.
At birth human beings are truly "perfect", that is to say no programming exists. A baby is like a sponge and learns all its knowledge from outside influences. Genetic research is now telling us that we have some dispositions to some potential strengths and physical attributes and possibly some inherent physical weaknesses toward certain inheritable problems such as heart dis-functions and diseases. Although it is clear that through changes in lifestyle most of these can be suppressed and kept at bay by our immune system. For instance you can have TB in your system and it will remain in remission for your lifetime. As far as personality disorders there are theories that there are some personality traits that we can either exhibit automatically or will immerge under some stimulus.
Again, there is strong evidence that most of these can be overcome or never immerge because of a strong personality that suppresses these influences. The challenge with all of us is to accent what we feel to be positive traits and suppress the negative ones. This process takes a strong and complete understanding of ourselves and who and where we come from. This can be assisted by strong bonds with parents and relatives. These positive influences are being negated by the disintegration of what we used identify as the "family". This unfortunately is replaced in formative years with "the peer group" sometimes resulting in a total lack of understanding by all involved. Outside programming is also very strong; sources such as advertising and media driven societal understanding of how we should act and establishment of personal priorities can often lead us toward the wrong personal goals. For instance our conduct as women or men is being fed to us and sometimes defies common sense. These influences are often dependent on temporary fads. We often witness complete changes in ideas, for instance organized religion is popular then becomes less popular depending on the time and place. The need for a belief system of some kind remains. Age and life experience has a lot to do to how we react to these influences.