Conditioning is something that is done to people. It is unlikely that anyone would willingly take on values and beliefs that are not helpful for his or her own psychological well being.
For this reason, perhaps those who make public spectacles of themselves in doing things that don’t make sense, such as bleaching one’s skin, should be viewed with compassion.
Is there a means of measuring the extent to which anyone has been conditioned? It is possible that researchers might have a good idea of ways to ascertain how much each of us has been hoodwinked, but those methods are not widely known.
Reaching a point where one can remove psychological shackles is dependent on an individual’s personal journey. When such a moment happens, it is a personal experience, in any case.
Isn’t it amazing that we spend so much time taking things in, only to find that we don’t need them?