posted on Nov, 29 2016 @ 12:02 PM
As someone who works within the mind sciences and keeps up with the latest research in neuropsychology, behavioral psychology, interpersonal
neurobiology, and phenomenology, I've begun to think that the biggest problems facing our civilizations can be boiled down to the way people
interpret and process the affective feelings they have before they "land upon" a particular linguistic interpretation. It is quite scary to be
living in world - where the mind-brain you have is itself a function of the relationships you have with others, and, in this extraordinarily
dissociative day and age, too many people have mind brains specialized in video game playing, internet surfing, or manual labor - all forms of
interpreting information that relies upon right-brain reactivity - quick responses, without much left-brain "containment" i.e. conscious reflection
upon the meaning of what is related with.
Brain science has shown that affects are generated largely via the brainstem/right-brain network - and this is backed up by actual anatomical
connectivity. The left hemisphere has a very different neurochemistry from the right, with more dopamine connections and less norepinephrine
connections - the right brain is very much about "threat", whereas the left allows us to see more clearly, and understand when the detection of
threat is a mistake - an error - that arises because of a past traumatic experience (for example). Every right handed person is structured in this way
as well as 80% of left handers. In about 20% of left handers, this organization is reversed.
My question is: how do people understand how their minds work? Modern mind sciences are very clear: in the flow of consciousness, the right brain
presents our feeling relations to a particular interfaced with reality. Those things which have no meaning for us pass through our minds without
notice, whereas things which have meaning for (ALWAYS based upon past experiences) enter as a positive feeling relation, or a negative feeling
Yet - we live in a world and culture that fills peoples mind-brains with false interpretations for the feelings they have - which adds a "recursive"
delusion: the negative feeling, then the justification for the expression of the negative feeling. An example: most of us have been flooded since
childhood with this particular stereotypical way of making sense of ourselves when confronted by the standards of others: "thats you, not me". In my
own life as a therapist, whenever a client fails to act in a coherent, reasonable, fair or decent way in their life, they often respond with just this
excuse - they say "that's not me" - for instance, when talking about being mean, or standoffish, or enjoying something that someone shouldn't take
Don't get me wrong, this excuse is a meaningful way - because it emerged naturally within the flow of their development as a person - of making sense
of painful feelings, but the problem is, there really is a true and a false way of understanding feelings. And furthermore - and as emotionally
balanced people can see, the dissociation peddled by modern culture has serious consequences: standards for truth and coherency become dangerously
low, and in becoming that way, the probability of suffering increases.
At such moments, If I gently try to say "those feelings you have at those moments, don't you think they have a source in being raised by a person
who never acknowledged or related softly and gently when you felt like you needed another person to listen" - a negative and dissociative reaction
will follow. They will disown all awareness of 'feeling bad' i.e. shame, and pretend - as they've pretended their whole life up until the present
interaction - that anger "just is", as opposed to being, as every ethologist knows, a defensive behavior that follows the perception of
So even as we live in a culture that touts evolution and science, paradoxically, we couldn't be living in a more unscientific - and unempirical time
period in human history.
This thread simply seeks to increase awareness for anyone interested in learning more about themselves. When you have a negative feeling, were talking
about what may be termed "non-conceptual knowing". You're knowledge - or awareness - reflexively turns to a particular feeling. Usually, in those
of who weren't raised by mindful and spiritually balanced people, we already respond and "entrap" ourselves in a narrative before we even give the
time to know what the meaning of a particular feeling is.
For example: if you were bullied by your parents, you'd experience any interaction in which one person assumes a particular capacity - lets say, they
sound intelligent and are good with words - as if the words they spoke were for the purpose of "showing off". This folk-interpretation would itself
derive from your parents, who likely thought and experienced such communication in just that way. But more importantly, this tells us that information
is communicated at the sub-verbal level by the SITUATION we experience ourselves in. This is an ecological level of interpretation where positions -
speaker, listener, or a person seeming intelligent and educated, and the "I", not very educated - structures the flow of information processing
through the brain. What the person hates most of all is feeling weak - and weakness is not just a physical state, but an emotional and relation state:
we are always comparing ourselves against the capacities of others - and if we appear, or, if our unconscious experiences our capacities in relation
to the other as "inferior", already, the amygdala will trigger a dissociative interpretation that seeks to "preserve" the short-term self-esteem
of the person, even if this mode of interpretation is sub-optimal and tends to lead to dysfunction in human relationships, and with that, the
generation of larger scale human conflicts.
We need to be honest about how we work - and not pretend that a virtual reality is more real than our functional self-organization as a person is.
Non-conceptual processes - our knowing what we feel (a process called interoception by cognitive scientists) is the internal analogue of right brain -
left brain information processing. If the brain is not connected on the inside - if the corpus collosum is not densely integrated - the mind will not
be able to function and know in ways that help support robust and long-lasting external relationships - relationships that build strength, vitality
and a sense of enlivenment.
We are an internal 'model' of what happens out there - and what's out there, from nihilistic media, to an insouscient news media, to an
increasingly vicious video game media - seems to be creating creatures out of Aldous Huxelys Brave New World.
Anyone who doubts me can simply type in to google: violent video games and left brain processing, and they will discover - hopefully to their horror -
that millions of people are being created who have poor left-hemispheric development and functioning - development aided by rational inquiry, reading,
mathematics, and self-awareness. In social-emotional problem solving situations, such people succumb to their anxiety and frustration much more
quickly than people who do not indulge in violent video games, which tells us that "arousal" is largely localized to the right hemisphere, where
images and affects become embodied, whereas the left hemisphere "inhibits" to get a second-take.