the strata of intention


"I intended to do XY" - that is what one might say. But is it what one actually intended? Maybe one actually believes it is... there is at least one layer of intention beneath that. Sometimes it is very insightful to dig beneath the surface intention behind vertain actions. If we take the unconscious mind into account, there are intentions we have that we might not even realize. What was the real reason for action XY?

Here's a rought list of the possibe layers of this intention strata, surface down:

So, ask yoursekf again: why did I really do XY? Because it was the rational best solution? How deep can you go with this strata? Reducing it to core drives might not be very useful, but digging deeper than the rationalized surface explanation will be.

Oh, and while you are at it: Question Your Beliefs.


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