From choosing what soap to buy, to whom you go out with. . . . the decisions you make are controlled by a combination of logic and emotion.
That sounds simple enough, but every time you resolve to do or not do something, your brain is deliberating a multitude of factors at lightning speed.
Welcome to the Innercise on logic vs emotion! Here’s where we use proven psychology and the latest advancements in neuroscience to help motivate you to put your ideas into action and, with practice, keep your left and right brain active and balanced.
Understanding how the decision-making process works is essential to preventing poor choices in the future.
Have you ever missed out on an opportunity because you were afraid?
Fear is an insidious obstacle. Sure it used to keep us alive, back in the days of dwelling in caves when large, predatory animals were roaming around the territory. A keen awareness and clear focus saved many of our ancestors’ lives.
Nowadays, there aren’t as many real threats to our immediate survival. Inside your brain, however, you have the same fear circuit that your cave-drawing ancestor had.
Instead of flaring up when a mountain lion is nearby, your fear circuit responds to more modern terrors (i.e., fear of public speaking, fear of flying . . . fear of failure, or fear of rejection).
The trigger is different, but the fear response is the same, and your non-conscious mind doesn’t know the difference between something that’s real or something that’s in your imagination.
Do you believe that willpower is a finite resource? Once you use some, you have a little bit less?
It can be easy to attribute poor decisions made at the end of the day to a lack of willpower. Have you ever felt like it’s harder to say no to a second beer or a slice of cake at the end of a long day?
Although the idea of “willpower depletion” has been widely popularized, it’s not a completely accurate account of what’s going on in your brain . . .