Overcoming the Amygdala Part 87

What we’re trying to do, then, is move from a condition in which waves of anxiety and brief glimpses of an underlying ideal seem to wash over us randomly — a condition called ‘Life’ by a great many human beings — to a position in which the ideals are more under our own control and the departures they highlight become isolated and reducible through the application of reason.

The alarms of the amygdala only ring to draw our attention to departures.

If we can a) narrow down those departures to actual situations which need addressing, rather than ‘false alarms’ arising from misalignments in our thinking and b) handle what we find using precise and rational approaches which remove or reduce swathes of departures efficiently, then we will end up living much saner and more self-determined lives which will benefit not only ourselves, but those around us.

Our amygdalas will fall into almost complete silence.

Determining what needs to be handled comes first.

Resources available to handle what is found come next. Accurate power to handle comes third.

If the first two are clear, the third often comes as a bright notion or idea of what to do with what’s available which opens the way to a better set of circumstances.


It doesn’t take long to spot insanity around us.

All you have to do is listen to or watch the news, or perhaps even go to work, or maybe even just get out of bed in the morning. You will soon encounter scenarios in which common sense and the application of reason are rare or slender. Families in strife, workplaces in disarray, nations in chaos — these are easy to find. The problem is that they all encourage reaction rather than observation and solutions.

The sane response to insanity is as follows:

1. Observe without reacting. 2. Notice a departure of some kind. 3. Work out what would be the ideal for what is being observed. 4. Tally up the departures from that ideal which now should be apparent, and categorise them accordingly.

5. The Biggest Departure will be the largest gap between what you’ve observed and the ideal. This will be the source of the majority of the departures you’ve observed. It will be a person or a place or an item or an activity or something which you can point to and say ‘A-ha! That’s the cause of our problems!’ This won't be a