Step 1. Awareness of the problem. A first step, and the purpose of this article, is to become aware that operant conditioning has been used upon you. This is often the most painful and important recognition. In other words, your mind, with its emotions and thoughts, is not exactly your own, though it appears that way. Rather it has been conditioned or used by others.
Allowing yourself to understand that you have been conditioned, however, can be a great relief. It can help you understand why you are not happy, at times, why you may feel lonely, depressed, alienated and unsure of yourself. It can help you to understand why some activities, people or situations cause unusual stress or pain for you. This can be anything, such as money, schooling, a job, or interacting with the opposite sex.
You must allow yourself to realize that your mind is not your own and that it has indeed been damaged, somewhat like a computer that is not working quite right. You may have thought the computer was okay, but that was just because the authority figures who brainwashed you told you so. In fact, this is a key ingredient in brain washing procedures. Part of the conditioning process can be to convince the victim that he or she is, in fact, normal or sane, when this is not the truth.