Russ Harris, Sabertooth discussed on The Virtual Couch


And so even though we're bombarded daily with all these messages of positive psychology, positive thinking. If you go back to the episode, I did awhile ago on the happiness trap. Another book by Russ Harris, he kind of talks about how our human mind is evolved think negatively and just I'll make it so fast, but you kind of go back in the day and we basically had four basic needs. It was food and water and shelter into reproduce. And so none of those things really matter if you are not alive. So the number one job your mind had to do if you trace it back was to not get killed, you're the the brain was don't get killed device. So it was constantly looking for danger and constantly scanning the environment and trying to -ticipant anything you know wears the where's the? The sabertooth tiger where's the animal? Whereas the bear, the wolf, the anything that is rival tribes, jealous neighbors. There were no shortage of things that the mine needed to be worried about. So you know, there wasn't an early human with through life and a fearless carefree manner only just noticing the daisies in the sunshine around him. Because if that was the case, they would pretty quickly get trampled or murdered, or you know, and then they would have no. Chance to reproduce and so their their brain, the brain just continued to evolve to be a again. It's kind of like this don't get killed device, so so what's kind of fastening by that is our modern brains through the same where he's trying to -ticipant what could hurt us or harm us even emotional pain. And so we have so many doubts and worries and concerns and we have fear of failure. And so it is not a sign love this about acceptance and commitment. There is not a sign of a week or a defective mine. It is a natural byproduct of the way that our minds have have evolved over time and it's why even if we just everyday practice positive thinking every day of our lives, we still won't be able to stop our minds from generating negative thoughts and that's okay. That's just something to be noted. And that's the part you say that you could tell almost want to apologize for saying that because a lot of people are so surprised to hear that because we just get embargoed with these messages of positive thinking that if for some reason we're not thinking positive that something's wrong with this. But again, think of. What a thought thought is just gonna pop at thoughts. Just kind of coming from these images and words, those sort of things and our mind. And so and trust me, we can learn to think of it more positively. That is, won't stop the negative thoughts from arising. I would consider myself and it turned optimist, but boy, the more years I put into mindfulness work now. And sometimes when I can sit back and watch my brain go, there's plenty of negative thoughts and, and you know, I did a podcast way back in the day about habit, creating new habits, and even to the point of where we now know this little basil gangly. This little walnut part of the brain that we call the habit center is where we file away routine activities and thought so that our brain doesn't have to exert as much energy. It can kinda pull from this habit center. This basil ganglia. If you're trying to wanna walk, tie your shoes or that sort of thing. But you know what we've learned there is that when we learn new things, we don't actually erase old mental tapes or delete old mental programs..

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