How to (Re)Program Yourself to Alter your Default Reactions

Your reactions are primarily driven by your subconscious mind. In order to decrypt and hack your mind’s automatic responses, your best asset lies in neuroscience.

Nabil Alouani
Feb 4, 2020 · 20 min read
What if you had the power to redefine your subconscious reactions? — Illustration by my friend @Evanimatic

“I’d understand if you chose an expert with a degree in neuroscience to breakdown such a subject but I am passionate and motivated.”

“Hey guys I know that I’m not good enough, and it’d be natural not to pick me but please do so anyway.”

“I don’t deserve success because I’m not good enough.”

Section 1 — Our reactions are based on our beliefs.

Section 2 — The self-sustained loop of our reactions.

“ I had the same reaction, I observed the same outcome and I am not in a deadly danger. So let’s keep on doing the same thing” My Limbic Brain.

Section 3 — The reaction loop modelized.

“ I am submitting an application, I feel stressed and bad about it since I might succeed even though I don’t deserve it because I am not good enough” My Limbic Brain

“ This feels like the time I wanted to be selected in the school basketball team and I was afraid of successfully getting on the team list despite not being good enough” My Limbic Brain

“ If I self-sabotage my application like I did with the basketball team by not showing up, I won’t achieve something that I don’t deserve in the first place and I won’t die.“ My Limbic Brain

Section 4 — what is a belief and how a belief can hack our reactions

“Beliefs are a series of connections in the brain that represent the memory of experience AND the meaning you gave it. When an individual has a fear of dogs, it’s because at some point they had an experience with a dog and the meaning they gave that experience was that dogs are dangerous. From that moment onward, unless a new meaning becomes attributed to the experience, the brain will experience every subsequent interaction with a dog as dangerous.”

Section 5: The reaction hack

🔹 Delay

🔹 Reframe

“What would the best version of me do in this case?”

♦ In short

📚 Sources & References

Mind&Stuff

Food for thought.

Nabil Alouani

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Business Advice | Tech News | Brain Hacks — When I’m not reading, I’m writing — Come say hi on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/nabil-alouani/

Mind&Stuff

I believe that learning how the human mind works (behavior, communication, thinking patterns) helps in building a better tomorrow. I share my understanding of what I learn from neuroscience psychology and personal experience.

Nabil Alouani

Written by

Business Advice | Tech News | Brain Hacks — When I’m not reading, I’m writing — Come say hi on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/nabil-alouani/

Mind&Stuff

I believe that learning how the human mind works (behavior, communication, thinking patterns) helps in building a better tomorrow. I share my understanding of what I learn from neuroscience psychology and personal experience.

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