Use of the term ‘program’ when talking about the human mind originates from cybernetics, which likens the human brain to a bio-computer. According to this mind-as-computer metaphor, the brain is constantly running a complex set of programs. A meta-program then, sitting meta or above the program, is the rule that determines which model or set of instructions we run.

Does your glass feel half empty or half full; that is, are you an optimist or pessimist? Do you only want to hear about the big picture, or see the detail? Are you drawn towards opportunity, or do you run away from risk? These are some of the 60+ meta-programs identified to date, and whole books have been written on just some aspects of them, such ...

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