- Niels Bohr
I saw what the What the #$*! Do we Know yesterday for the 3rd time (the film is so popular it has been held over for 7 weeks now). Everytime a friend wants to see it I end up taking them (and thus my third viewing). I’m starting to think I need to organize a group of friends to go at once, otherwise I’ll end up seeing this film another dozen times at this rate. Anyway, I wanted to share just one of the may things I’ve learned from the film...
Different emotions occur in different quadrants of the brain. There are separate places for happiness, anger, joy, rage, etc. In these quadrants emotions occur when the neurons fire electrical impulses to the synapses (if I’m getting the terminology or process wrong please feel free to correct me and I will edit appropriately). A commonly and repeatedly used neuron to synapses path becomes a neuronet. And cells that fire together, wire together. In other words, this path becomes stronger and more quickly used in life than all the others because of the bonds created in the net by previous frequent use.
For example, have you ever known a person that gets angry a lot? They complain about their boss, their co-workers, the customers, politics, even their significant other. This person uses the anger and rage neuronet so often that this neuronet or neuropathway actually becomes stronger and more potent than others in the brain. And as such, it can be the first neuronet that gets triggered in the brain each time that person has a new experience. So the person who’s mad all the time has made the neuronet strong from overuse and the minute some one asks them something as simple as “hi, can you help me with this?” the person’s thoughts are likely to be related to the strongest neuronet (in this case it is the one for anger). And so even a friendly person can seem annoying and angering to them. Was the customer really annoying? Maybe, maybe not. But the brain has already decided how to interpret the customer based on it’s most commonly used neuronet, or the “beaten path” of neuronets for that emotion in the brain. People can actually form an identity based on these over used neuronets.
Your emotions also effect your body right down to the cells. And once the cells are altered by your emotions the rate of your aging process can also be greatly increased. And because of the chemicals that flood the body as a result of particular emotions, you can actually become addicted to your own emotions. This would also cause you, much like the strong neuronets, to become hooked on reacting to different things in your life with the same emotion. And if you don’t have situations in your life that can trigger that emotion, you are likely to perceive new events in a way that does. Even if it’s just a person saying “hello can I talk to you?”, a person with a strong anger neuronet can perceive this as an attack or confrontation.
And so now my question for all of you that managed to read that explanation of emotions. Can you think of any particular emotional reaction that you have more frequently than others? Doesn’t matter if they are good or bad. Can you think of any situation in life that repeats itself often and creates the same emotional reaction in you each time? What is it?
My next public post will have more details on how this is effecting your body (including your aging process).