Thoughts That Go Bump in the Night explores concepts that
are often novel, obvious, subtle, and sometimes mysterious. The whole arena of habituation is the basis
for Habits, Patterns, and Thoughts That
Go Bump in the Night. This video,
highlighting an experiment in social conditioning, further demonstrates the
subtle ways habituation can drive decisions and behavior. The old saw
"we've always done it that way" had roots in something. The something may or may not have been valid,
useful, meaningful, etc. But, there was
a something that was established as a norm, and members of the community (be it
tribe, party, faith, race, etc.) were trained to follow it.
The good news, of course, is that the process of habituation
is continual and neutral, and with awareness, more effective and productive
routines can be established. But, you get an idea how entrenched belief systems can be established.
As the day
progressed I realized that the more I thought about “it” the angrier I
felt. The transgression by a family
member was irritating and somewhat irksome, yet the more I “thought” about the
situation, the stronger I felt about it.
About that time the “Duh!” factor came forth to reveal the formula for
creating emotional mountains out of mole hills.
Factor is that moment when we can see the forest and the trees; that happy
moment when mentally we gain a splash of perspective on what we’ve been doing
and how it directly affects what we experience.
“The more I thought about it (the initial offense) the angrier I felt
(really, really pissed after tossing all night!)” Duh.
spend the same amount of mental energy (and burned calories) thinking about
something good or desired rather than on something
negative or unwanted? Duh illuminates
self-evident truths: The more one thinks
about something, the greater the emotional response to the thought. Thinking, once again, is the important activity.
The Duh! Factor at work
“So what are
you saying, George? That if I think
goody Pollyanna thoughts my life will be a bed of roses, red wine, dark
chocolate, hot rolls and butter?” If you
like roses, red wine, dark chocolate, hot rolls and butter you’re more likely
to experience them if you think about
them rather than thinking about that foul tempered so-and-so who you know is
plotting against you.
mystic and philosopher Charles Fillmore once wrote that thoughts held in mind
produce after their own kind. The more I thought about it, the angrier I
felt. Well, I have proved that. It is true, simple, self-evident and
part is becoming more aware of how I
am thinking and to consciously choose the activity of my mind. I might want to fuss and fight, and thus so
think. But if that’s not how I really
want to spend my time, then I am free to think according to what I want. I know, having demonstrated, that the more I
think about something, the stronger the associated feeling.