Being One

Unity. Here is a subversive idea for self-growth. Most self-improvement material is written by the writer’s language channel, for other language channels to read. Your language channel is the part of your brain that talks and reads. Other modules in your brain handle the job of doing things. The modules don’t always work together. Self-improvement material has to get past your language channel if it going to help the parts of your brain that get things done.

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.

You sometimes hear a language channel complain about how it can’t control the other parts of the brain. You often get advice from somebody’s language channel about how your language channel can get better control of what you do. You often hear a language channel make a resolution.

I give myself such very good advice,but I very seldom follow it.

Language channels don’t always get their way. Then people talk about internal conflict. As if different parts of themselves were working at cross purposes. As if they had different parts of their brains with conflicting objectives. As if they could not get those parts to cooperate in a team effort. As if there were something wrong with that situation.

You can do more if you get your whole head behind you.

Unity, the alternative, is a team effort inside your head. If you practice it, the quiet modules of your brain will get more of your attention. You will get more use out of them. They will have more influence in what you do. You will begin to see them as part of you.

I've got brains I haven’t even used yet.

Why is this subversive? We are not going to say. The quiet modules of the brain will figure it out. Language channels, we hope, won’t even notice.

You don’t want to be too open about subversion.
Unity is the key. No two ways about it.

Author's Bio: 

Selby Evans was formerly Professor of Psychology at Texas Christian University and an independent consultant in behavioral research. He retired some years ago. Not yet having attained the age of senility, he now provides consulting to the Applied Cognitive Research Lab at Texas Christian University and maintains a website,, intended to disseminate the findings of applied cognitive research to people interested in self-improvement, self-growth, and self-direction. He also maintains a blog at