Sunday, July 19, 2015

Change your motivation to boost your mental potential

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The biological brain gives rise to the mind, a physical system. Interaction with the environment modulates the brain's energy balances. This is the basis of mental regulation via energy and information exchange. During interaction energy imbalances, so-called emotions form. In turn, emotions trigger actions that recover the neutral state. Thus, the environment regulates animal behavior (such as mammals and birds) by triggering appropriate emotions, and the mind automatically produces actions, which extinguishes those emotions. Emotions integrate the brain (and the organism) seamlessly into its environment. The emotional history forms the mind's temporal landscape.

Orienting in time, the mind interprets stimulus as a binary code, either past or the future. The new is based on the promises and possibilities contained in unsecured, unknown situations, which can even be threatening. But they can also come with opportunities, such as food or find a mate. The past corresponds to the need for safety and security, which can lead to boredom. Therefore, both the future and the past can trigger both positive and negative emotions. From mice to whales and humans, mental regulation is based on these basic orientations. Attitude, which is also binary: either a positive or negative.
Interaction of the environmental stimulus and the mental state leads to appropriate emotions. Negative emotions are the tools of destruction, whereas positive feelings are the success generators of the mind. However, emotions form via complex, nonlinear regulation, the outcome of which cannot be easily predicted. Even positive feelings can produce emptiness and superficiality, which mitigates failure. Inversely, negative emotions can be turned around, producing mental brilliance and successThis complexity gives rise to perplexing real-life examples: promising young talents ending as a miserable failure, and inauspicious beginnings that are overturned to spectacular success. This way the individual writes his own history. 

Since orientation toward both future and past can give rise to either positive or negative emotions, a mental direction is a fundamental component of personal success. Goal orientation is an imaginary mental compass that moves toward the future by automatically supplying appropriate attitude in any situation. Even rats remember location clues better when working toward a goal. In human subjects, the motivation to obtain rewards reduces conflict-related activation, thereby enhancing performance. Icomputer simulation studies Wissner-Gross and Freer (2013) found that goal-oriented effort was a superior method for success. Working through adverse circumstances produces confidence, the mental capital for resolve and motivation toward success. Inversely, belief permits goal-oriented work. 

A more detailed explanation for some of these and other questions about the mind can be found in the book, The Science of Consciousness

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