Raoul Goldberg, MD,
is a South African integrative and participatory medicine doctor and psychotherapist. He is an international speaker, workshop facilitator, researcher, and author with a special interest in addictions and cancer. His latest book is Addictive Behaviour– the Struggle for Freedom.
Fixed ideas and habituated behavior patterns are the greatest obstacles to individual, social, and environmental transformation. They block our quest for self-determination, self-expression, and self-empowerment. They create set character positions, including “I am not good enough” and “I know best,” that all too often are the root causes for constrained living, unhealthy lifestyles, and ill health. Most chronic illnesses result from long-term habituation leading to unhealthy life patterns.
Our reality and experience in life is determined by the character position in which we find ourselves. This position may be historically determined through social conditioning, or ingeniously through the character we create for ourselves for optimal security and comfort. It changes constantly through our interaction with the world and with ourselves. But are they the best positions for effective living? Or are they the root cause for unsustainable health? For example, isn’t the character position of “always wanting to please others” restrictive and limiting?