PSY100 - Thinking

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Brand New Ancient Wisdom: You have more control than you think
Recently, field of psychology increasing interest in ancient practices of consciousness
control and improvement
E.h. meditation; brain changes (eg PFC) and mindfulness (e.g. anxiety, depression,
pain, stress, emotional reactivity, executive function)
Normal Patterns of Thinking
Evaluative: good/bad
Discrepancy-based: comparing self to others to standards of comparison; eg goals,
perception of others
oGood or bad, closer/further, right/wrong, like/dislike, cool/not cool, hot/not,
interesting/not,t trustworthy/not
Focused on past (regret, guilt, memories, failure) or future (worry, fear, hope,
planning, goals, dream)
Problem solving: problem, need to understand so fix it (eg not happy, whats wrong,
once figure it out, be okay….)
Thinking; constant thinking, relentless and incessant, always chattering in
cacophony of voices, train of thought ends then mind in other things, skipping from
though to thought
So much time spent thinking
Mindfulness
Open, non-evaluative, non-reactive present-moment focus of attention
Link with well-being; good things come, bad things come
Watch things for a while before getting to understand it
Core (+concentration) of meditative practice -> self-awareness, wider gap between
impulse and action, control over attention (“let go function), greater focus of
attention present experience -> greater hedonic enjoyment
Let go of things sometimes…
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