Good communicators know that thinking works with locality.
It’s a good practice to paint the surrounding “mental/thinking environment” to help people understand complex things. It always helps to jog memory. There’s a reason people do it. There’s a reason it’s so hard to do focused work/think about complex things without warming up to it.
Your brain needs to be warmed up,
Diana chapman tim ferriss show
Intellectually knowing vs really feeling it deep down
Tim asks how do you turn intellectual args into deeper acknowledgment?
Diana responds smth like,, put your head into the time, an experience where you know that feeling is true. Think about the surroundings, the BODY FEEL of the situation that validates that thinking.
Massive link to neuro; intellectual args are v high level concepts. In a sense, shallow. Only mental, logical knowledge. Derived knowledge.
Body sensations are much more core primitive memories, they are more TRUE, validated in a Tangible sense. Experiential knowledge
So imagining and feeling the real life stuff is a much more vertically aligned, integrated way of understanding, making sense of something
thinking about biological bases for hedonic adaptation, and happiness.
hedonic adaptation: whether things are good or bad, we eventually get used to it.
idea on happiness: that feeling good (serotonin?) is designed to reward us for doing things that are biologically optimal.
which is not the same as SIMPLY BEING IN a biologically optimal position. we need to DO things that justify/prompt happiness. which sounds like a lot of work (and i think it really is), but it's good because as a species we are driven to be, better no matter where we are.
and so now i see the logic in these systems paired together.
(1) hedonic adaptation makes us psychologically ok with anything
(2) effort-based happiness makes us psychologically ok only if we actively improve.
(2) without (1) would drive us to insanity over the things we cant control
(1) without (2) would allow our living standards to fall into a downward spiral
 i think; citation needed
 i guess it also fills our lives with meaning tho so hmm
aligning? calibrating the balance?
junk food/binging -> unhappy
I actually think a big part of my knowledge can be attributed to how I tend to not let hubris stop me from listening to something when it’s being taught.
Because it’s so underestimated what reinforcement does to the brain. It allows me to rethink, reframe, and reintegrate every bit of knowledge with much more breadth and depth. It’s not just knowing and not knowing. There’s always more to build on what is known.
Hopefully this means im highly neuroplastic and i dont get Alzheimer’s lol
- Recategorize what you’re feeling Anytime you’re feeling bad, recognize what is actually happening: you are experiencing unpleasant affect based on interoceptive sensations. With practice, you can learn to deconstruct the emotion into its constituent parts, instead of letting it become a lens through which you view the world.
For example, the broad, ambiguous feeling of “anxiety” can be broken down and recategorized into “tension across the upper back,” “rapidly beating heart,” and “clenched jaw.” This deconstruction robs the sensations of some of their emotional power.
Try labeling what you are feeling more precisely, meditating on different parts of the body, or looking for more immediate, physical causes such as hunger, dehydration, or lack of sleep.
Depression can be thought of as a relentless feedback loop of negative thoughts and feelings. Each feeling drives the next thought, and vice versa. The brain dwells on negative past experiences, and thus keeps making withdrawals on an already taxed budget. Alarm signals from the body are turned down or ignored. In effect, the body and mind are locked into a cycle of uncorrected predictions, trapped in an adverse past when metabolic needs were high.
I think putting my finger on exactly what im feeling is so fucking inspiring actually.
like i felt good today, but didnt realize that "good" was a lot of different things: content, connectedness, gratefulness, motivated. THEN, i felt good just realizing i realized these things. I was like what? wait whats that? OH that's feeling empowered ! damn. this all makes so much sense, and in fact i can appreciate all these dimensions of good more, and feel even better!
Oh wait no, I mean even more grateful, empowered, inspired and relieved lol
When you experience an emotion without knowing the precise cause, you are more likely to treat that emotion as information about the world, rather than your experience of the world. This is known as affective realism. Affective realism causes us to experience supposed “facts” about the world that are in fact created by our feelings. It can leave us trapped in an emotional world of our own making, without realizing that we are the ones who imprisoned ourselves.
Luckily, emotional granularity can be improved. If you can learn to distinguish more precise meanings for “Feeling great” (happy, content, thrilled, relaxed, joyful, hopeful, inspired, prideful, adoring, grateful, blissful . . .) or “Feeling crappy” (angry, aggravated, alarmed, spiteful, grumpy, remorseful, gloomy, mortified, uneasy, dread-ridden, resentful, afraid, envious, woeful, melancholy . . .), your brain will have many more options for predicting, categorizing, and perceiving emotions.
High emotional granularity gives us a much greater range of tools, allowing more flexible responses to our challenges. It allows us to tailor our actions to the underlying causes of our emotions, rather than their immediate appearance.