The Stuck Stops Here ©

Comfortably Miserable

May 15, 2020 Tami R Atman Season 3 Episode 3
The Stuck Stops Here ©
Comfortably Miserable
Show Notes

Season 3 Episode 3
Our brains overreact when facing uncertainty because they’re wired to react to it with fear. Research has shown that as the uncertainty of scenarios increase, the subjects’ brains shifted control over to the limbic system, the place where emotions, such as anxiety and fear, are generated. This brain quirk worked great eons ago, when cavemen encountered a woolly mammoth. Overwhelming caution and fear ensured survival. But that’s not the case today. This mechanism, which hasn’t evolved, is a hindrance in the world of business, where uncertainty rules and important decisions must be made every day with minimal information.

If you google antonyms for the word “uncertainty”, these are some of what comes up – trust, self-confidence, positivity and patience. We have all heard over and over that people are creatures of habit. It doesn't seem to matter whether those habits are good for us or bad for us; they provide comfort. I held such a tight death-grip on everything is because I was afraid if I let go, things won't be okay.  Survivors of emotional abuse and neglect are terrified of abandonment and will hold on tightly to anything in order not to re-experience painful abandonment feelings which we received from living with broken people who were never there emotionally for us.

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