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Friday, April 28, 2023

Breaking Free: Our Journey to Finding True Love and Overcoming Societal Conditioning


I am excited to share with you the story of my beautiful wife, Angela, and our journey to finding true love and happiness together. Almost 10 years ago, I met Angela and was immediately struck by her beauty and intelligence. We had so much in common, and it wasn't long before we fell head over heels in love and got married.

As our relationship grew, we began to realize that the world's influence was creeping into our lives, and we were bombarded with messages about how we should act, what we should buy, and who we should be. It was suffocating, to say the least, but we refused to let the world dictate our relationship.

Together, we turned to psychological principles such as Heider's Balance Theory and cognitive dissonance to guide us. We evaluated our beliefs and questioned the conditioning that had been imposed on us by the world, even if those beliefs were deeply ingrained in us. We knew that we had to form our own opinions based on what we believed to be true and important, and not what society or others wanted us to believe.

We also used the Bite Model to identify when we were being manipulated by others. By paying attention to how we were being controlled through things like guilt, fear, and flattery, we learned to recognize when someone was using tactics like the Appeal to Authority Logical Fallacy to make us believe something that wasn't necessarily true.

Through our journey, we discovered that breaking free from societal conditioning is not always easy, and we sometimes fell back into old patterns of behavior or doubted ourselves. But with the knowledge we had gained, we recognized the backfire effect when it occurred and were able to adjust our thinking to avoid it.

As we worked to break free from the world's influence, our love for each other grew stronger. We discovered that true love is about more than just physical attraction or shared interests. It's about accepting each other for who we are and supporting each other in the pursuit of our dreams and goals.

Now, almost 10 years into our marriage, we have built a life together based on our own values and beliefs, rather than those imposed on us. We know that we'll face challenges and obstacles along the way, but we're confident that we can overcome them together.

To those who may be feeling overwhelmed by the world's influence in their own relationships, know that you're not alone. By using principles like Heider's Balance Theory, cognitive dissonance, and the Bite Model, you can break free from societal conditioning and form your own opinions based on what you believe to be true and important. And if you encounter the backfire effect along the way, recognize it and adjust your thinking to avoid it.

To my dear Angela, thank you for embarking on this journey with me. I am grateful for your love, support, and commitment to building a life based on our own values and beliefs. I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you, navigating the challenges and celebrating the joys together.

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