Exercise: The Art of Inversion I

Here’s how to learn and master it (if you wish to). Make any type of projected future plan – regarding your family, your work, your relationship etc.

What are those qualities that you possess, which you have based your plan upon? Which of your qualities and character traits provide a solid basis for the realization of your long-term intentions and goals? Outline the qualities that will come to your advantage as you go along with the execution of your plan:

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Now think about it for a second. All those qualities and characteristics of yours that you have placed in the above list have been tested as they have previously been manifested. Therefore, these qualities and characteristics are dual in nature – they have their good and their bad sides. Have you thought about that when you were putting them forward as your solid basis points, or have you focused solely on what seemed their more convenient side at the time?

Now imagine if someone else had to execute your plan. What will be the traits and qualities that you will consider as undesirable with regards to the plan execution? Can you make a list again?

Once you have done this, can you compare the two lists? Maybe you will manage to find some similarities here and there…

Example: Say you want a serious relationship with your partner – one that is woven out of trust, caring and love. You are ready to be fully reliable and to always be there for your partner. You wish to do everything that shall make his/him happy. But at the same time, if you have a partner who is obsessed with your well-being – thus, forgetting about him/herself in the process – the more you start to wish for your own private space and the more unattractive this partner might start to look in your own eyes.

Compare your two lists again. You are focusing solely on your ‘’positive’’ traits and qualities when you are making your own plans. But when you are seeing those same positive traits and qualities displayed by someone else, you start to perceive them from their opposing side.

Finally, re-create the lists by inverting their contents. Arrange the negative versions to your positive qualities in your own list, and then similarly – arrange the positive versions in the list that you create for the others.

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