Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Survival instinct now killer?


Laura Landro, WSJ, Mar 26, 2013, reviews Marc Shoen's book Your Survival Instinct Is Killing You: Retrain Your Brain to Conquer Fear, Make Better Decisions, and Thrive in the 21st Century.

Through--or is there more subtitle? No? OK.

Anyhow, Shoen, an assistant clinical professor at UCLA, posits that we are now such creatures of comfort (spoiled?) that the slightest annoyance sends us into a tizz.

It's a paradox--life is so easy that we are attuned to even subtle adversity.

This leads to obesity, insomnia, relationship troubles, bad work performance, road rage, fear of flying, and panic attacks. Even sex addiction.

The microwave--ah, that is the culprit. We expect fast results with little effort.

All we need to do is reprogram ourselves to disconnect discomfort from danger.

This involves turning off devices sometimes, keeping a regular schedule, and breathing exercises. Also you need to forgive and practice gratitude.

And--I guess--lose the microwave.

Also--life is so easy? Got to think about that one.

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