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"Second Nature"

Posted by Bob on February 08, 2004

In Reply to: "Second Nature" posted by Kim on February 08, 2004

: My child asked once where the phrase "second nature" came from. Also...what would be one's "first" nature

: Kim

When you practice something long enough, you become so proficient that it seems almost instinctual, almost like something that you would do "naturally." That is, our "first nature" is what we would do without reflection, instruction, or conscious thought.