The Russian psychologist Pavlov was right in suggesting that we learn to organize our brains. As obvious as it sounds, this is a psychological phenomenon that can actually help you start your life over, but for the better. We have the ability to train your brain to live a happier life than ever before. The best part is that all you have to do is change your environment to make it happen.
Principle of intimacy
According to American social psychologist Robert Zajonc, familiarity does not breed contempt. On the contrary, it is going well. This claim was proven in a 1968 research paper, “Situation Effects of Mere Exposure.” Through a series of experiments, Zajonc showed that we tend to prefer things and situations that we are in frequently, but that we are subtly exposed to.
This is called the “abstract exposure effect,” also known as the familiarity principle. Now think of the social and behavioral cues around us and all the information we might have without realizing it, for better or worse. The effect is bidirectional, which means that the brain prefers good and evil whenever it sees it.
A fraction of a second for the brain to store information
According to the Emirati clinical psychologist, Dr. Lakshmi Sarania, it only takes a split second for the subconscious mind, which is responsible for making decisions and storing habits, to absorb what it sees.
When exposed repeatedly, the neurons continued to fire. As a result, a certain part of the brain becomes more active. That’s why the vision is starting to look familiar. We feel safer when we are more exposed to the same person, thing, or social situation. This reduces uncertainty in the environment.
Learn how to adapt your brain
Humans are comfortable creatures, so it’s not hard to see why we prefer familiarity over change. The sooner we realize this, the sooner we can make decisions to avoid harmful traits and habits before we get used to them.
Contextual cues around us play a very important role in how we interpret things, because exposure alone is more likely to have a positive or negative effect on someone’s behavior. It all comes down to self-awareness so you can sound the alarm when you recognize patterns.
Become more aware of the space you find yourself in, the landmarks you see frequently, and the people you work with and live with. This will be very beneficial in the long run.
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