Ann Parker here, rushing in on her Thursday (what?? It's here already??), musing over the thought that there are prisons and prisons.
Definitions of "prison" from the Free Online Dictionary:
The first two are very physical (bars, locks, etc.). The third definition is more open to interpretation. And that's what I like: wiggle room for thinking.
Well, I can think of a few:
- Fear of failure
- Fear of success
- Fear of criticism
- Procrastination (which can actually work both ways... prodding one into a last-minute dash to the finish line, or leaving one thrashing on the sidelines as the time ticks down to zero)
I'm sure there are many more. Can you think of some? If so, leave a comment, and I'll add to the list at the end of the day.
- Fear of money (Dani G)
- Fear of death (Mary Anna)
- Fear of pain (Mary Anna)
- Fear of having one's secrets exposed (Mary Anna)
- Fear of isolation (Camille)
- Mental illness(es)
- Fear of the unknown
- Fear of change
- Fear of persecution
- Fear of sobriety
- Punishment (internal and external)
- Irrational/erroneous belief (sometimes shared)
- Expectations (greater and lesser, internal and external)
- Control (losing, or a lack thereof)
How to "break out of prison?" I must admit, what first comes to mind are all those self-help books that were so popular in the 1980s ... seems like there was a tidal wave of them back then. I guess my favorite philosophy (not that I *always* follow it, mind you) when faced with a mental barrier/fear of some kind that is unfounded is, in the words of Nike, "just do it!" I also just ound this little article on eHow about overcoming mental barriers. It's pretty basic... maybe you have some other suggestions or references for conducting mental jailbreaks?