The illusion of control | Mark Taylor | Canberra Psychologist

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Mark Taylor | Canberra Psychologist | – The human mind’s ability to control our environment gives us high expectations of control in other areas of life as well
– We can get rid of things in the external world so shouldn’t we be able to get rid of things in our inner world? Such as thoughts, memories, emotions, Urges mental images, and physical sensations
– Thought experiment: try not thinking about ice cream as someone’s explaining all about ice cream [you Can’t stop thinking about ice cream]
– THOUGHT EXPERIMENT TWO: Recall a memory from the last week and Then try to get rid of it, totally obliterate it from your memory – you can’t can you?
– FEELING EXPERIMENT: Rub your tongue over your teeth, your gums, your cheeks, the roof of your mouth – Now try to get rid of those sensations; try to forget them; Were you able to forget them?
THE POINT OF THESE EXPERIMENTS IS THE THOUGHTS, FEELINGS, PHYSICAL SENSATIONS AND MEMORIES ARE JUST NOT THAT EASY TO CONTROL – IT’S NOT THAT YOU HAVE NO CONTROL – IT’S JUST THAT YOU HAVE MUCH LESS CONTROL THAN YOU THOUGHT! Source: Russ Harris “The happiness trap – stop struggling, start living”

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