When the teacher handed back the essays, mine had many many corrections and big red question marks. But I was most surprised by the comments at the end, ""What is this nonsense? You are such a good writer that it really is a shame to see you produce something like this.""
For about 5 minutes, I was angry that the teacher hadn't recognized my inspired genius, and then for some reason I felt really good and wanted to write much more. In fact, I even considered becoming a full-time writer.
And for a long time, I thought that my new-found interest in writing was to spite the teacher, to make me able to say ""Hah, I showed you - I became a writer."" And then many years later, I realized what had actually happened. The teacher had criticized my behaviour (""what is this nonsense"") while simultaneously praising me at the identity level (""you are such a good writer"") and although the Identity level statement passed by my conscious mind, that was what my unconscious mind accepted and it was exactly that statement that made me become much more interested in writing.
|Main Uses: : Neurological Levels (Robert Dilts), Logical Levels, Talking to the Unconscious, Separating Identity and Behaviour
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Submitted By: Brian Cullen
Source: Brian Cullen