Feedback Loops

You are in a pendulum swing process.

You, as a human being, regulate your homeostasis via two types of feedback mechanisms. They are negative and positive feedback loops. You as a human being rely on information gathered by your senses in order to process and deal with your environment.

What are feedback loops? What is their purpose? And how can we use them to our advantage?

Feedback loops are types of behavioral feedback that result in repetition (or avoidance) of a behavior or set of behaviors.

Simple. Each moment, you get feedback loops from your body and your brain (think of the pain in your back that comes from sitting for a long time, or the feeling of pride and accomplishment that comes from a successfully completed project). If you react to them, you change your behavior and environmental conditions. If not, it can lead to negative consequences — and sometimes even disease.

To feel happy, and to be successful and productive, you should, in general, start to pay more attention to your life. Basically, you should get constant feedback from your internal environment and be constantly aware of your external environment. As a simple example: if you have stomach ache — change your diet to a healthy one. If your back aching after a long time sited on an uncomfortable chair — change it immediately. I’m talking not only about physical discomfort. Take care of mental feedback loops too. Having this information can help you choose your next correct step.

Just take this idea. If you get a feedback loop (especially a negative one), it is a signal that it’s time to stabilize your system. Otherwise, a bunch of non-reacted feedback loops can cause a serious problem.

I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.― Elon Musk

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