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  1. Thanks so much. I listened to the author of that book in a few interviews and was impressed with his rational approach, a nice change from the other psychologists I was listening to on the topic. Will definitely be getting the book you mentioned, as well as the other books he wrote on character and “how did we end up here”... Good suggestions. Nicky, I also appreciate your response about seeing therapists, which I’m a bit hesitant to do, simply because of the money factor. I agree that’s the best option, but I can imagine that it may take a few run throughs to find the appropriate one, which I’m not in a position to pay for right now... my parents offered to help but I’d rather save the money if possible... that’s why I’m looking for more “home remedies,” if possible?
  2. Thanks - I may comment later, but for now do you have any reading/lecture recommendations for someone trying to start out learning about the mind and the topics you touched upon.
  3. Few questions: 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.
  4. That has always been my understanding of her view. http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/emotions.html An emotion is an automatic response, an automatic effect of man’s value premises.
  5. This topic has actually been a great interest of mine as of late. Can you provide a concrete example of the “primitive” part of the brain reacting to outside stimuli? Let’s suppose what you are putting forth is true, which I wouldn’t be surprised if it is, what significance does this have?
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