Thursday, July 19, 2007

Preferences II

Let's say, for one reason or another, you get tired of not liking your certain food. What if you really did want to change your 'dislike' into a 'like' (e.g. for the sake of someone you love, or to save a small baby, or to get an A in a class...whatever motivates you)? Is it possible?
So, you detest coconut, but you really desire to love it now. Or, you have grown up your whole life not doing dishes, but suddenly you want to change that. Or, every rock-climbing experience in the past has been nightmarish, and now you want to enjoy it. What does it take to break free?

9 comments:

Jinx said...

I think it would be great if I loved to wake up early. I'm a night person, and as such I love being up at night and HATE waking up in the mornings. But GEEZ it would be convenient if my preferences were reversed!!

Robyn said...

I think that the longer you've been doing/loving/hating something, the harder it is to break the mold. But it can be done. I think it helps to shake up your environment. For example, I want to get into reading the family history that mom has put together, but every time I'm over there, I end up playing guitar hero. If I were serious about my new goal, I would go downstairs or up in the canyon or something.
As for coconuts, maybe you could make a game out of it. Try eating them upside down. While you do backflips on the tramp. As someone squirts you with a hose.
I'm ooooout.

Robyn said...

By the way, this is Jethro. I don't know why our blog is jethrobyn, and when I reply to anything, I'm robyn. Where's the jethro button?

Thaddeus said...

Maybe you and Robyn should get separate blogs, like Toni and Ben.

Elissamae said...

Going along the same lines as Jinx, and discussing preferences at the same time: I wish I loved to stay up at nights! There are so many people who like to stay up at night...more so than those who like to get up early. I, myself am an early morning person, but I think if I could control my sleeping so I didn't wake up every morning at the exact same time, I might be more willing to stay up later at night...but 6:45 comes really early on a day you had set aside to sleep in and simply can't...oh, the frustration!

MidSpeck said...

Jethro,
The "jethro button" is on the right. It says under where you post your comments -- "you are currently posting as [yourname]" You just have to sign in with your account rather than Robyn's.

Kendra said...

I think the answer to your question lies in whether our dislikes are only mentally driven or if there is some kind of chemical or physiological reaction to the flavor of food which causes the aversion. I would say for the most part that it is mental...but when I eat coconut I get a very strong reaction - I gag. It is instantaneous, so perhaps it is more than just in my mind. It's interesting to me that a lot of times I can tell something has coconut in it while others cannot...because it is such a repulsive flavor to me. Was I born with this aversion...did I have a bad experience? I don't remember...but I do remember always gagging at the taste of coconut. I often can't even help flinching when I see it.

So, would I like to love coconut one day? Well, if it happens, great (I do believe in miracles), but if not...I'm proud to say that coconut is at the bottom of my totem pole.

Kendra said...

PS - Thad, I couldn't figure out how to post a picture of a pickle with my comments - or I would have. ;-)

Thaddeus said...

I don't think you can post pictures in comments. Such is the nature of comments.