If we ponder on our thought process, we unsurprisingly most of the time either mourn over past or dread the future. It takes a lot of courage to shun useless and nasty thoughts coming into our minds. And, it’s plausible to feel anything about the situation, which is naturally subjective. We can’t always be optimistic when we firmly believe that this may never happen. Being realistic about the situation is more important than nudging into the dead zone.
The cascade of thoughts coming from nowhere is worth to be taken care of lest it would make us blind. What we see and listen is what we believe; however, we can’t generalise it. According to the author and Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman in his famous book “Thinking, Fast and Slow” says that most of the impressions and thoughts arise in our conscious experience without knowing how they got there.
The surrounding has the most significant impact on our impressions. The exposure to a healthy environment is the genesis of good thoughts; however, much to our chagrin, we can’t always control it. Instead, we can take charge of the feelings it engenders. The author stresses on the fact, “A Human mind is very poor in contradiction. It usually creates a false story for us to believe. When we get surprised, the world of System 1(fast, intuitive, and emotional) gets violated then the surprise activates and orients the attention to System 2(slower, more deliberative, and more logical), which thus searches the memory for a story that makes sense of the surprising event.”
We cannot prevent System 1 from doing its job, and sometimes it gives a false impression. The only way to resist the illusion is we must learn to mistrust our perceptions thus preventing it from transforming into a belief on pretence. It might be tricky, but questioning our thoughts and acting on it now might change our attitude towards an activity in the long run.