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       Presuppositions - Working For Us Or Against Us?

      By Josette Veltri                                  where shopping is a pleasure. Is this a true statement or a      Psychologists have found that people tend to rely
                                                         presupposition on the part of a supermarket chain taking for   on the first piece of information they learn then, if defines                          granted that people hearing the ad will believe that everyone   not mindfully aware, create all kinds of irrational,
      the word presupposition as                         shopping at Publix has a pleasurable shopping experience?  illogical, impractical beliefs. So, is it safe to say that
      something that is assumed in                          Another form of a presupposing is the halo effect. As   presuppositions are learned, passed down assumptions
      advance or taken for granted.                      part of the halo effect, one notices a single trait about   from one generation to the next and, like the laws of
         The question to consider                        someone or something, then attaches other qualities to   science, accepted as true? If so, can we assume then that
      now is if presuppositions                          them even if no proof exists. The challenge with the halo   presuppositions are part of the human experience that we
      are assumptions, then                              effect is we often set ourselves up for disappointments   have learned to live with? A true statement or another
      is it possible that our                            because we believed our assumptions as true and based   presupposition?
      assumptions, beliefs and                           other decisions on them. How often have you heard      There are beliefs that have been imposed on us that
      attitudes may be bias? An                          yourself say, “I’m surprised about ____ or, I never   can make a strong heart weak or make a weak heart
      example, would be Publix reminding us to shop at their store   expected they would ______.”          strong. To know if your presupposed beliefs, assumptions
                                                                                                           are accurate, value based and trustworthy, I recommend
      Wildlife In Boca Pointe                                                                              asking the following questions:
                                                                                                             1. How am I viewing myself, my neighbors, friends,

                                                                                                           family and the world?
      Have you captured any images                                                                           worked for me or against me?
                                                                                                             2. Have my beliefs and assumptions about ____
      of Wildlife in Boca Pointe?                                                                             3. Where did I learn my presuppositions?
                                                                                                              4. What, if any, are the facts supporting my beliefs
         We’d love to publish your pictures in our new section                                             about people, places and things?
      Wildlife in Boca Pointe!                                                                                In his book As a Man Thinketh, James Allen explains
         Please tell us where the photo was taken. Your photos                                             the mind guides our footsteps as we progress along the
      may be published in The Viewpointe!                                                                  pathway of life. Purity of mind leads inevitably to purity
         Send your photos to                                            of life…. love and understanding should control our
                                                         Cardinal at Plum Cortina.   Rare Black Heron in Costa   everyday actions and attitudes.
                                                         Photo by Stephanie Norych  Brava. Photo by Allan Brand     Each person holds the key and is responsible for what
                                                                                                           they choose to presuppose, believe and assume. Check
                                                                                                           in daily, to assure that what we have taken for granted is
                                                                                                           still working for us and not against us.
                                                                                                              According to Socrates, an unexamined life is not
                                                                                                           worth living. A presupposition or a statement of truth?
                                                                                                           You decide!

                                                                                                              Josette Veltri, a Boca Point resident, is a certified
                                                                                                           educator and coach on loss and transition. Her purpose,
                                                                                                           to assist clients heal and move forward so they can go
                                                                                                           from I Can’t to I Can, One Step at a Time. She can be
                                                                                                           reached at (https://www.

                           Animals at The Palms in Boca Pointe. Photos by Dr. Sharon Shappley

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