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Subconscious Level

Power SwitchThe logical parent trait can present problems in a Christian witnessing situation. Some people have been taught by their parents never to discuss religion, so when faith is mentioned their "logical parent traits" mechanism shuts down the logical thought patterns and emotions to automatically change the subject or to switch off their mind completely. This block prevents the "adult" or the "child" responses. As this is basically an objection to thinking through the subject, the best approach is to search in the child area for an emotional response to God and work with that. There is always the danger of the fuse blowing again once you mentioned God but the Holy Spirit can break through at a subconscious level when human resources failed.


LogicThe three responses of child, adult or parent may be seen quite clearly in the way that people related to God. The "adult" was seen in the verse to verse counseling chains and Bible exposition and appealed to the logical parent traits in all of us. The "child" came out in the emotional hymn or the quietly repetitive or meditational prayer. The "parent" was evident when someone said, "But we were always taught to do it this way," perhaps because a minister or parent had said so! So we can see that by understanding our natural responses more clearly, we may be better able to lead someone to Faith who would otherwise not find it.

"Logical Parent Trait"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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