Our brain is a well-oiled machine. First, we unintentionally create a misconception. For example, let’s elevate this ice-cream to an object of an exaggerated desire. “This is where the fun begins.”
– We inflate with pride and arrogance if we have precious ice cream that others don’t.
– We experience sadness if we do not have ice cream and there is nowhere to get it from.
– Fear: what if we run out of ice-cream or cannot have a taste of it again…
– Laziness: no prospects of getting ice cream? No point doing anything.
– Jealousy, envy: someone has better ice cream! Ouch. Let’s take it away!
– Greed: more ice cream! Bigger, and sweeter!
– Anger: I hate and will destroy anyone who comes between me and ice cream!
– Exaggerated desire: I want ice cream pleasures at any cost!
The “merry-go-round’ of questionable reactions rooted in misconceptions.
Next: we repeat the emotion, stockpile repetitions, and, eventually, compress them into a habit. The habit influences other situations, creating more “misconceptions”. That, in turn, create more habits that support and amplify each other.
The imaginary world we start living in, considering it a reality. Unless we routinely follow the bread crumbs left by emotions and have them untangled.