I heard an interesting lecture today. It had to do with the behaviors we practice and what happens neurologically in the brain.
The specific examples given were procrastination and lying.
So when you practice these things and your brain registers “a win”, you get a dopamine kick and that particular “neural machine” (and every other machine associated with it) grows stronger. Stronger than the neural machine for getting things done in a timely fashion, or telling the truth. Which means every future time the choice arises to procrastinate or lie, it is better situated to win and grow even stronger.
And something I found surprising, is that these repeatedly reinfoced “neural machines” never go away. The best you can hope for is to establish another neural machine to defeat the first one — and then it becomes a battle between the machine, and the “cost for fuel” charged to you!
That is why it is so easy to slip back into habitual behaviors and/or mindsets you thought you’d defeated. All that’s needed is for “the machine that controls the machine” to weaken or be distracted.
Personally I found it really interesting how careless, convenient or casual programming of our brains is something that cannot be undone. Only “defeated” on a case-by-case basis with the expenditure of energy/effort to keep it defeated. And that the original “machine” never goes away.
What are your thoughts/experiences with this?