We feel vul­ner­a­ble with­out rea­sons or ex­pla­na­tions

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Inspired -

Ever since Ellen Langer iden­ti­fied the il­lu­sion of con­trol, the phe­nom­e­non has been a key fo­cus for a whole host of psy­chol­o­gists, philoso­phers and di­dac­tic re­searchers. They won­der whether it is good or bad, why it ex­ists and what it could in­di­cate. Why do peo­ple place so much em­pha­sis on the feel­ing of hav­ing ev­ery­thing un­der con­trol? And has that al­ways been the case or have we be­come con­trol junkies? Through evo­lu­tion, the hu­man brain has de­vel­oped a sense of want­ing to un­der­stand the world be­cause it’s only when we know the rea­son for an event that we can make changes. We feel vul­ner­a­ble with­out rea­sons or ex­pla­na­tions. This is such a dif­fi­cult ex­pe­ri­ence for us that the brain des­per­ately tries to make ev­ery si­t­u­a­tion cal­cu­la­ble. And be­cause that’s not al­ways pos­si­ble, the per­son imag­ines con­nec­tions and links that are of­ten ab­surd: “If we all fin­ish our food, it’ll be sunny to­mor­row.”

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