The Rural Mindset Podcast™ - Your Emotional Responses
On this episode of The Rural Mindset Podcast™, I talk about evocative cues, relational awareness and some episodic memory. Essentially, what happens when your brain is exposed to things that you have already been through that make you feel either in danger or safe, bring back pleasant or unpleasant memories, or invoke a fear response caused by your internal fire alarm.
Evocative cues are various things that happen in life that bring up strong emotional feelings or memories that end up resulting in an emotional response. Typically evocative cues are something that give a very vivid memory of something.
Relational conscious is our awareness of how we are independent of other beings.
Episodic memory is how our brain categorizes memories and everyday events by when and where they happened.
Essentially, when something happens in life, your brain takes what you have gone through before, how you have handled it previously, and how you have been either successful or unsuccessful in that behaviour and utilizes that information to help you respond in that moment. The more you are successful in your behaviour, the more you do it.
Successful doesn't necessarily mean that you got the best outcome in the end though - success could simply be what got that stimulus to work, go away, keep you alive, or change for you to be more comfortable.
The more "success" you have = the more you do the behaviour because you learn that it is how you, as a mammal, stay alive, get what you want, etc.
Sometimes we learn behaviour out of unfavourable circumstances that are generational. This means that we react to someone treating us a certain way and they're only treating us that way because they were treated that way, and so on and so forth. You simply only know what you know, and you don't always know what you don't know.
When I get messages about so-and-so treating employees, family members, friends, spouses, etc. in a certain way, I remind the individual that they can only control so much of what happens. That "so much" is their physical and emotional response to the behaviour of individual that they are with in that moment. You cannot change the person, especially if they don't recognize their own behaviour, and some people simply just aren't there... yet.
The number two thing I say is that these automatic, hardwired, emotional responses are best conversed about and processed through counselling. You may not realize how deep they truly run and trained psychologists and counsellors have tools such as EMDR that can help you with processing those feelings and experiences in order to help you be in control of your response, the rising emotions you may feel, and your own behaviour.
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