Are you Wearing a Shock Collar?

My dog wears a shock collar. It holds a little battery-powered device that zaps him when he tries to cross the hidden fence.

You’d think he’d hate it, that he’d try to get it off. Instead, he’s so used to it that he doesn’t notice that he’s wearing it. When he approaches the border of my property, he stops. He doesn’t yelp, or cower. He just stops. Doesn’t even think about it.

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that you aren’t wearing a shock collar. But you’ve been trained in the same way. And now there are lines you don’t cross because your body won’t allow it. This is different than concious fear. It’s a blind spot.

So here’s the question: has something zapped you so badly that you’ve closed off possibilities for yourself without realizing it?

Eric Edstrom is the author of the YA science fiction series The Undermountain Saga and The Scion Chronicles
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