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Sorry About That

not.talkThis is a very rough draft.  I will be back tomorrow to edit it and spell check it..

Sorry about that.  I have been writing posts asking you to cool your jets when you get mad and/or plot revenge..  I have been reviewing my psychology textbook and I was reminded that sensation and after that leads to how we perceive something can lead to emotion.  They are all tied up together in the brain’s  analysis and response.  This all happens rather quickly and some times we can’t help ourselves and immediately express our feelings whether good or bad or even if we don’t want to do it.

I have been preaching? that one should control their emotions  and subsequent actions to have a better life.  Engineering this kind of change can be difficult.  For a long time in my clinical practice, I have been urging patients to take a three step approach to making this kind of change  See below….

No. 1 is to notice after the fact that you have done something that you want to stop doing.  No. 2 is to begin to notice when it as it  is occurring.  Have you ever thought on this type of occasion, “Here I go again.”  Of course there has to be the initial desire  to change what one has been doing.  It could be eating candy when on a strict diet or the often  thought, “I can’t help myself if someone makes me mad.”  There  is a connection in the brain between these things that needs to be broken.   No. 3 is to realize before you do something that you are about to do something which you are trying to stop and then you don’t do it.  Problem solved.  It’s not as easy as it sounds; because you have to have the desire to do this in the first place.

You may feel that you can’ control yourself; because some of this stuff is on automatic pilot.   That is right.  Some things become habits or automatic reactions when there is no time to think.  This is due to learning, both operrant and classical, which enable us to learn to do something without thinking like riding a byclce or laughing at a joke.  Classical conditioning can be a difficult concept.  Perhaps you have never heard of it.  It is a term used in psychology.  It happens when a There is an automatic response built in to something like salivating in a dog when he or she sees food in their dish.  If you ring a bell when you do this then the sound of the bell will cause the dog to salivate without first seeing the food.  The initial response is hard wired in the dog’s brain.  Other things become habits through learning that something if done will get rewarded or punished.  This is opperrant conditioning.  This then becomes programmed in the brain too.  Both types of learning can be undone if not reinforced or associated with the claasical stimilui.

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