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New Dawn Coaching and Training – Do you have Baby Elephant Syndrome?
"Early in life, a baby elephant is tied to a tree with a strong rope. Since the elephant naturally wants to roam, it pulls and tugs in an attempt to free itself from confinement. But since it is still small and relatively weak, such efforts yield no results. The baby elephant learns quite early in life that it will have no success in releasing itself from the rope; it then stops trying to escape.

"Later on, when the elephant has grown into a creature of tremendous size and strength, it could undoubtedly now take the rope AND the tree with it in an easy stab at freedom. Yet, the massive elephant remains tied to the tree via a simple rope. Since its mind has been conditioned by previous attempts – and failures – at success, the elephant won’t even try to break free anymore."
2013  2010s  new_dawn  elephant  animal  allegory  emotion  choice  will  action  trauma  conditioning  limit  failure  escape  strength 
november 2014 by cluebucket

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