1) What about people who are in chronic state of being “moody” due to this or other factors? To what extent does this render them deterministic, if at all? If, for example, someone is in a chronic state of mind due to the part of the brain releasing or restricting chemicals because of a reaction to outside factors outside of their control, how much freedom of choice do they really have if they are unable to think properly?
2) To what extent does the conscious mind have the ability to bypass this mood? For example, I was listening to a Jordan Peterson lecture and he mentioned the fact that introverted people are put into moods in large social settings that make them irritable and not happy (for lack of a better word) in those situations vs 1 on 1 where they are perfectly fine. Assuming the reason for this is the “ancient brain” determining their “rank” in society, as he likens to the lobsters in his book, and not other factors (like diet, etc.), to what extent are we able to bypass or control this feeling? (Please don’t harp on the example, I’m just trying to concretize my question) Is it the more successful we are as determined to be by the conscious mind, the way that the ancient mind ranks us follows and the way it reacts to outside factors changes? Or is this reaction unchangable and determined genetically? I.e. can we change the way the “ancient brain” restricts or releases seratonin?
3) just going off #1 + 2, do we need a corresponding period of normal state of mind and reflection to necessarily change the way we think during the state of moodiness? Essentially creating a habit of focus and awareness during these periods, etc. that alerts us to recognize and act accordingly during these states of moodiness? Is it possible to do so without that state of normalcy?
4) how do you know when you are in a state of normalcy? By normalcy I mean a state where your mind is clear and is able to process information and think properly according to your values. Is it a continuum - e.g. depression would be farther from normalcy than a headache.