Our minds are full of biases, beliefs, and assumptions that creep into them like mold creep in dwellings. The molds metaphor explains the causes of the infiltration of molds in dwellings, their effects, and treatment. We learn from the treatment of molds a lot on how to treat intellectual and emotional molds as well.
Mold grows in places with moisture. Examples include a damp building, a wet cellulose-containing material such as paper and wood products. Molds grow fast, produce bad smells, and can easily infect inhabitants with various health problems. If molds remain for long times inhabitants may lose the sense of smelling mold.
Molds from outside may infiltrate from opening in buildings and cracked pipes. There are two options available either to prevent mold from entering by fixing all cracks and openings or by controlling the growth of the mold, in controlling the level of humidity indoors and, by drying walls and ceilings and all mold-hosting materials such as furniture, clothes, and carpets.
The molds in the hearts and brains
Our minds and hearts too are good places for the growth of molds of biases, assumptions, and beliefs. Water composes 73% of our brains and hearts.
Mold in the air outside can attach itself to clothing, shoes, and domestic pets and carry the molds indoors. The same is carrying mold of negativity and biases. The outside environment is a big source for molds that infiltrate into our minds and hearts and find inviting places to grow. Cold hearts and minds are even more inviting.
We human beings are social beings. We keep drinking influences from our social environment. Groupthink is one striking example. We frame our minds with what the groups agree to. Upon repeated exposure to such social influences, we root social thinking in our minds without introspecting them. We end up carriers of these “molds of thinking”, take them indoors, and allow them to grow and reproduce. We do not even smell their nasty smells because we get used to them. Instead of fighting these molds, we allow them to prosper.
One other source of intellectual molds is media with its biases. The problem is that the more we we hear these biases, the more rooted they get. Influencers on social media can drive us to believe biases such as those connecting all Moslems with crimes.
Research revealed that it is very difficult to unlearn because unlearning wrongly many people think they shall lose identity and self-respect if they unlearn their biases and fake beliefs. These old habits make us do the wrong actions and instead of removing or decreasing in-brains mold to allow them more time to stay and thrive.
Recently, Farooq Omar published a post on Self-Awareness and Discovery Matrix. In this post that is worthy of your reading time, he outlined an approach for clearing the molds in us by asking the right questions. The post suggests eight questions. I share the first three with readers in this post as an example of possible questions to self-improvement.
What are your qualities and would you say you are as a rule consistent with them?
In what ways would you say you are being seen, that you are not mindful of? Perception is reality.
Should you be centered on today or tomorrow?
I add my two questions with a request to readers to answer them.
- What is the most mold of bias that you successfully managed to deal with either by removing it or reducing it to an acceptable level?
- How did you do that?
I thank readers for their kind attention.