I went out yesterday to take photographs in the sunshine and do some shopping. Things didn’t go to plan. The shopping wasn’t too bad, although I made mistakes and bought a couple of items I didn’t need. I messed up the photography too, but in the end I took a few pictures of the trams. (more…)
We all have those inner voices that try to overcome logic and tell us that what we are doing is a great idea despite being against common-sense. More often though those inner voices are giving us warnings of impending doom. (more…)
The story of ‘Little Albert’ is quite well known to psychology students. ‘Little Albert’ was 11 months old and the subject of an experiment into fear carried out by a Dr Watson. Albert was conditioned to be afraid of a white rat and anything that resembled a white rat by the experiment.
The people on this fairground ride are probably excited, but the people watching are feeling a little scared just watching it! There is a fine line between fear and excitement. When we feel in control or a little out of control we feel excited, but when we feel completely out of control and in danger; then we feel fear.
We don’t think about most of the things that we do. We don’t think about walking, we just do it. Once we have learnt to ride a bike or drive a car, that too seems automatic. At first it’s hard, we have to try again and again to get it right, but once we have it, the subconscious takes over and it’s easy.
Have you ever wondered what our purpose is in living? Life does appear to be our purpose, to live and survive. Our purpose isn’t just to survive as individuals, but as a species. When we feel we’re in danger we feel the need to fight or run away. Our desire to face danger and survive can mean that rather than fight as individuals, we will fight as a collective. This can lead to riots and even wars.
I read a lot of stuff about the ‘inner self’ and most of it is garbage. Your inner self or sub-conscious mind tries to help you, but it doesn’t always get it right. It tries to protect you from harm and help you survive. Your survival is it’s primary aim, it’s prime directive. So how do you have a quiet word with your inner self when it’s getting it wrong and making you feel quite anxious? When it’s giving you butterflies in your stomach, making stomach acid, making you feel panicky about that interview. Making your pulse race at the very sight of a hypodermic or worse still blood!
Over the past hundred years anxiety has become an epidemic and trying to avoid it changes people’s lives. We have all become more selfish and less sociable. We like to think we are more sociable with global communication systems allowing us to have friends far and wide. We never actually get to meet most of them though. They are not there in our everyday lives giving us support and getting truly involved. Facebook friends are a poor substitute for a friend who will come around and cook for us when we are sick and who will visit us in hospital.
At the beginning of the last century Britain was a Christian country and people believed in God. Religions gave the masses rules to live their lives by and if they didn’t follow them, they could go to hell; literally. It seems Britain lost some of it’s belief in God at the time of the first world war and who can blame people for losing their faith in the face of such horror. The second world war with such inhumanity as concentration camps and gas chambers was further evidence that either God doesn’t exist or that God exists, but he has given up on the human race. So, we are alone, insecure and anxious… (more…)