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Tuesday
May172011

Damn the Prefrontal Cortex

 

In Jonah Lehrer's book How We Decide, he presents a case that our brains are “pluralist decision makers.” Lehrer makes an argument that our best decisions are made when using both the emotional and rational components together. Using just one side leaves us with either a risky, careless lifestyle, or, conversely, one that creates such boring structure that our potential for growth is non-existent.

We learn that our prefrontal cortex acts like our boss who monitors emotional reactions (ideas) and decides which ones to take seriously. That being said, if you are thinking about embracing something big, something outside the norm, something new you want to do with all your heart, your very own brain could be saying to you: You’ve got to be kidding (Bwahahahah)!  (Are you out of your %$#^%% mind?)

At that point, you start to agree, bow your head, and go back to work, doing the same old boring crap you’ve done for the past twenty years. The boss wins again.

Damn the Prefrontal Cortex! 



Monday
Apr042011

That's a lot of crap! 

Some really smart people have figured out how much stuff we put into our heads daily and most of it’s not good.  The scary part is we have very little idea it's actually happening because we do it unconsciously.  Then, as we go about our lives, we bring this information back up with our thoughts. The experts tell us we generate Fifty Thousand Thoughts a day!

1. I'm not very good at that. 

2. Things are not good right now.

3. I don't have much money.

4. I'm not worthy.

5. I'm ugly.

6. My car sucks.

7. I hate my job.

8. I can't lose any weight.

and on and on and on.

There is a saying, not sure where I heard it, but it goes like this: “Change your conscious mind and you change for a day, change your subconscious mind and you change for a lifetime."

The drawing, as simplistic as it may be, is designed to say this: Until you train the elephant in your house to go outside, potty training the chihuahua doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Do yourself a favor, look into this subconscious stuff and clean up the dung in your head forever.