Freedom, like health, comes in degrees.
Identifying allergies can help improve health—it can empower you to flourish and to protect your loved-ones. You can similarly improve freedom by identifying vulnerabilities to manipulation. Different people have different vulnerabilities to isolation, distraction, discomfort, temptation, and depression/despair, for example. Good management, counseling, marriage, and parenting all improve freedom by empowering people to discover such aspects of themselves. Self-awareness is the cornerstone of self-help and healthy relationships.
Take the GRIN Self-Quiz (GRINSQ) to discover more about your own nature, and share it with your loved-ones to increase your sensitivity to theirs. The GRINSQ is based on the four main branches of evaluative diversity:
Natural Gadfly: Aimed at discovery – guided by creativity
Naturally Relational: Aimed at love – guided by empathy
Naturally Institutional: Aimed at purity – guided by best practices
Natural Negotiator: Aimed at results – guided by research
People typically have difficulty recognizing constraints on their freedom because they try to follow role-models who have a different nature. You need to be yourself, so you need to discover who you are. The fight for real freedom, for GRIN-freedom, can be won only by each person for him or herself.