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EChapter 2.5 – Embracing Opposites

EChapter 2.5 – Embracing Opposites

In the next few sections I go into more detail about the components of Voice Dialogue: opposites, vulnerability, awareness and the Aware Ego Process itself.

Many books are written on opposites. In the example of George pleasing and assertiveness are key opposites. There are many pairs of opposites. People may specialise on one side of personal energy or impersonal energy. Some people are big picture thinkers while others do detail. Some people really push and drive while others relax.

There are more general categories that contain many members. There are sets of achieving selves and relating selves. Achieving selves (such as pushing and thinking) help us achieve in the world while relating selves emphasise connection.

A canonical pair is power and vulnerability. Power allows us to get things done. Vulnerability in this sense is about openness and connection and is not goal-oriented at all. Another example involves the opposites of mind and heart or thinking and linking. When I look into the eyes of our dog, Missy, I fall into the deepest pools of pure connection. This is linking. When you look at that wonderful ice dance performances of Torvill and Dean that is linking. Balancing thinking and linking or mind and heart leads to radical changes in our views of the world (and here I mean perceptions as well as interpretations) and experiences in it.

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