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One may want to believe hunting is ok based upon social pressure and fear of ostracism concerning this particular subject or in general. Writing the question down and letting the associations flow, especially concerning ones feelings, brings up this distasteful event which may have been forgotten. With the conflict in the open, one can decide an exact position on the question of hunting. If the propensity before was to state automatically when asked, that one enjoyed hunting, now one may be certain they do not, and thus a decision is apparent in which one now has a number of choices. In this hypothetical case one can be honest and brave and state a dislike for hunting, or one can lie and say that they like it. In either case the decision is no longer automatic, and one possesses the ability to make the decision for oneself, as opposed to others having made it for one.

If the individual has many unresolved and unconscious conflicts between intellectual premises and feelings and emotions, such as that described in Example One, this may cause an intellectual confusion and emotional tension. Such conflicts, can cause the individual an inability to think clearly, to be hesitant and halting in conversation with others, to be unsure of oneself, to feel intellectually deficient and emotionally stifled. The individual thinks one thing while unconscious and oppositional feelings are submerged below awareness. The individual does not have complete control, and may do things unconsciously to pacify submerged emotional tensions. For resolution the thinking must be changed or the feelings and emotions must be eliminated. This conflict is especially inherent in societies and cultures in which the feelings and emotions are considered aspects of the primitive natural organism and inferior to intellectual models of activity and behavior, which are based upon efficient motives and purposes such as idealized modes of activity and behavior. The problem that arises is whether one is to follow the dictates of the heart or mind.


Example Two:

What is hate?

Pose a question and write statements by the process of Free Association, so as to bring out whatever comes to mind.

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