Hey, Self-Doubt, I have been thinking.
“I hope you did not hurt yourself.”
You said that I can choose not to believe you.
If I choose not to believe you, then I can become an obnoxious, conceited bastard.
“True. It is possible, but highly unlikely.”
“My hold on you is too strong. I used your father to program you from the time you were a child. I had him criticize you constantly; everything you did was never good enough. This program is so deep in you that years after you left home as an adult and married, your wife constantly criticized you; everything you did was never good enough. Look at the people you attract now. You attract people who criticize you and tell you that what you are doing is not good enough or wrong. You will never be free of me. Never!”
I will be free of you if I deprogram myself.
“HA! The United States will become a communist country first before you ever come close to getting rid of me. I am so confident of my hold on you that I wish you good luck in becoming an obnoxious, conceited bastard.”
Okay . . . Well . . . Thanks for the well-wishes.