Overwhelm: Pressure, Success, Disassociation

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Even too much of a good thing can overload our ability to process changes in our lives. Given our limited capacity to cope, it is important to think about how we adjust to the forces that cause us to panic.

A sneeze, a brain, freeze, and an orgasm may all seem unrelated but what they do have in common is that each of them ostensibly shut down other bodily and brain functions at the moment they occur.

Within us there is a moment of a sort of haywire occurring in the thinking parts of our brain and we see this as well in fight or flight responses. There is nothing we can do to help ourselves in these moments, but we can do some work in advance to prepare for these cognitive crises.

This month we will look at how we process pressure, and what it does for those who thrive under it, versus how it can have crippling effects on others. Stress is both a powerful motivator, and a toxic distraction depending on the moment.

Stress isn’t the only thing that can overload us though, the same thing happens in our brain when we sneeze as does when we orgasm. Our mind literally can’t cope, it become flush with chemicals that create intoxicating sensation but also impair higher level thinking. Whether pleasure or pain this overload can cause us to seek an escape from the heightened sensation.

This might cause us to disassociate from the present moment so that we can compartmentalize the intensity of our feeling as a psychological defense mechanism.  It might serve us to learn more about how we cope in these heightened moments, so that we can prepare for them a little better and maybe even improve our capacity to deal.

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