---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <sharelong60@...> wrote :
Salyavin, it's so interesting what you say about without fear we might not act. For some time now I've been noticing that my usual impulses for taking action aren't operating. So what is making me act? I gotta go with pure life force. But it definitely takes some getting used to! I could have explained that better. The adrenal gland controls the fight/flight mechanism - or rather the rest of the brain controls it by learning how to respond and repeating that next time the stimulus appears. It's how anxiety states grow, if we are anxious about something and then go to a different place before the adrenaline has died down, we will associate that place with anxiety so that next time we go we may start feeling jumpy without knowing why. It only takes two traumatic experiences to set up a neural network that will trigger next time you are in the same situation. Here's the clever bit, your brain likes to help you out and set up states of mind that it thinks you want. The part of the brain that does this doesn't have any opinion on whether you consciously like something it just puts you in the state you were in last time you were in in that situation. Anxiety, confidence, whatever. So maybe some automatic process is shifting inside that makes you feel like you don't act in the same way because you are more or less worried or pissed off at the moment. Most of what goes on in our heads is unconscious and picking out what affected you and how in your past can be a major job but can be essential self knowledge if you ever have the feeling that something within you is holding you back. Does that make any sense?