The Chinese finger trap is designed to prevent escape. When a finger on each hand is inserted inside this apparatus and pulled in opposite directions, this devise traps both fingers making escape very difficult.
If we showed this finger trap to people and explained just how difficult it would be to free their fingers once inside this device, the average person would likely place their fingers inside anyway. Even if we showed videos to thousands of people proving over and over again how inescapable this apparatus was, most people would still require personally experiencing these results before truly believing this outcome. This
“NEED TO EXPERIENCE”
continues to be a primary CAUSE of growing rates of diseases and conditions we face today. Academic knowledge and historical evidence is not enough to overcome the TRUTH that these life threatening chronic conditions we face (ex. type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity, etc…) will become maladies destroying people’s lives. Truth and factual evidence is not enough to persuade most people of the dangers they face living these unhealthy lifestyles until the “dreaded diagnosis” is personally experienced by the individual.
Smoking causes cancer
A diet of processed foods, fast foods and foods high in sugar cause diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, liver disease, gastrointestinal disease, etc…
Unchanneled stress weakens immune function causing disease. This weakened immune system allows opportunistic bacteria and viruses to thrive resulting in various types of diseases.
Sedentary living causes the musculoskeletal system to weaken. It reduces flexibility and function (ex. arthritis) associated with advancing degeneration and frequent inflammatory pain.
These bullet points are facts of life. They are reproducible experiences that have destroyed many lives over multiple generations. People today don’t even dispute the dangerous outcomes these destructive behaviors cause.
SO WHY ARE WE WITNESSING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE FOLLOWING THESE DESTRUCTIVE PATHS THAT REDUCE HEALTH, FUNCTION AND QUALITY OF LIVING?
It is my opinion the EMOTIONAL brain overrides the RATIONAL brain. The EMOTIONAL brain requires the NEED OF EXPERIENCE before any significant alteration of unhealthy behavior is even considered. This is because the EMOTIONAL brain considers an alteration of unhealthy behavior a SACRIFICE. It doesn’t consider longer term benefits like, improved function and/or quality of life. It focuses on short term deprivation and impositions that quality improvements may temporarily seem to cause.
If my hypothesis is correct, this would explain why the RATIONAL brain’s expansion in knowledge hasn’t positively impacted the rates of disease or quality of living as we age. Instead, we use the RATIONAL brain to reinforce negative messages including:
“I’ve failed with each attempt so it doesn’t make sense to try anymore”.
“I can’t change my genetic makeup, so I may as well enjoy whatever I can”.
“Even the “experts” disagree with each other, so it likely comes down to luck”.
This, however, is NOT the way the RATIONAL brain works. In reality, this is how the EMOTIONAL brain attempts to control rational thinking! The EMOTIONAL brain is typically looking to satisfy its interests at nearly any cost. It therefore, alters the RATIONAL brain’s LOGICAL methodical approach and substitutes its own reasoning to reinforce behavior that supports emotional WANTS over rational NEEDS.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO OVERCOME THE EMOTIONAL BRAIN?
It takes a willingness to shift our thinking from the “NEED TO EXPERIENCE” to the NEED TO PREVENT. It takes a willingness to understand this requires a PROACTIVE approach to HEALTH rather than a REACTIVE response to DISEASE. It takes a willingness to accept and believe that qualitative life (achieved at least partially through healthier living) offers greater opportunity and value LONG TERM than the
“NEED TO EXPERIENCE”
type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, obesity or any other chronic disease our EMOTIONAL brain “helps” us achieve.
When we become capable of LEARNING from other people’s outcomes (and their “NEED TO EXPERIENCE“ tangible unhealthy complications), we become capable of making better lifestyle choices for ourselves. Our EMOTIONAL brain no longer acts as “first responder”. Our thought process shifts from EMOTIONAL to RATIONAL brain function resulting in better options for achieving BOTH short and long term results.
DO YOU RELY ON THE EMOTIONAL OR RATIONAL BRAIN TO CONTROL YOUR DECISION MAKING WHEN IT COMES TO LIFESTYLE CHOICES? HAS IT HELPED YOU ACHIEVE THE HEALTH OUTCOME YOU DESIRE?