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A distinction is drawn between what is termed the Positive Dimension, which is every sensation that is experienced by the Human Sensory Apparatus, and the memory/mind which is termed the Negative Dimension.

The concepts of the Positive and Negative Dimensions are created to illustrate the difference between present experience absent Association and the interpretation of experience, as the affect of the memory upon the experience. The first experience of the flavor of a foreign food, should be absent the affect of Association because it is new, but knowledge of the country of its origin may affect the taste, as the individual who was sure that any food originating from communist countries must taste bad.

Association in the memory affects and may dictate a person's conduct in a present circumstance, which is appropriate and necessary, for the quick and proper recognition and instantaneous reaction to every possibility of danger and imperilment. Association from the memory, which affects the conduct of the individual in the present circumstance as automatic response is termed Conditioning, for example the automatic fright at the sight of a snake, or the feeling of nausea by the observation of blood.

Association as Conditioning causes the individual to react in specific ways to particular circumstance. Much conditioning derives from early childhood, from the environment, culture, institutions and family, at a time when the individual cannot choose or assess the correctness of what is being conditioned. Conditioning may affect the person's perception and reactions to circumstance for a life-time. Perhaps it is helpful, if the individual can distinguish between an independent assessment and reaction, and the affects of conditioning, upon the experience of present circumstance.

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