Building ourselves back better

Merja Sumiloff
6 min readNov 10, 2020

Why the Biden/Harris Administration has the potential to restore our sense of personal power

We have seen the geopolitical, global health, and financial implications of the Trump administration worldwide over the last four years. Many articles have been written about the consequences of the administration on climate, fundamental human rights, and the economic divide created through tax cuts for specific demographics. While these issues are significant, they are not the cause of our problems. They are just a symptom of whom we have become.

Unfortunately, my front-row seat has been to the aftermath of the Trumpian psycho-emotional turmoil. Over the last four years, as an Integration Mentor, I have spent hundreds of hours supporting my clients through this chaos. Most days, I have found myself saying things like: “No, you are not crazy. That statement is in-congruent with the facts (or what the President said an hour ago)” or “That is correct; the numbers do not match what the President is saying. It is completely OK to feel confusion and frustration around this issue, but unfortunately, we cannot control what others do and don’t do. We can only control how we conduct ourselves and how we choose to integrate ourselves, even in the face of such chaos”.

To those of us who specialize in pattern recognition, the Trumpian management model has been clear from the start. Chaos leads to changing the system leads to normalizing the new system.

The aim of this form of governance is to create chaos until an established system can be challenged. Once the challenge occurs and the citizens are distracted by the unusual presidential behavior, the leader can then reconstruct the new “norm”. They establish a new reality by validating their behavior through an explanation that seems reasonable. Once the reason for an individual is standardized as acceptable, conditioning occurs by consistent and constant repetition of the message. The problem for the President is that no matter how many times he repeats something it does not make it true. Whatever is normalized is not always true. This is what we must never forget.

Many of my clients have faced this challenge about seeing and hearing the lies portrayed as truths and not reacting…

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Merja Sumiloff

Integration Mentor, personality profiler, Founder of Sumiloff Academy of Human Integration