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Psychology / Communication

Saved game theory

Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if x hadn’t of happened? How different you would feel now? How many more doors of opportunity would be open to you that are now closed?

I was laying in bed the other night thinking about this, how amazing would it be if there was a way we could save our brain state up and go and try different things and if things don’t go the way we want we can just load that old state right back up and continue where we left off – much like a video game.

So I continued to ponder what would my life be like if event x hadn’t have happened to me, what would my life in the present be like, what would my current state of mind be and how my life would have progressed between my save point before event x and now.

The amazing thing? If you visualise it hard and lucidly enough you start to feel the way you want to feel – of course this technique doesn’t patch things up in other peoples heads but it makes you comfortable in your own, then who knows your communication feedback loop to other people might start mending bridges that never needed to get broken.

So why does this work?

It works based on the principle that as human beings we can’t remember absolutley every second of everyday we filter input from the outside world and only remember the stuff that’s important to us, weird or selected by our preferences.

Now because our brains don’t remember every second, every day or even every month (as time is abstracted from us the effect is moreso) we can simply imagine events that happened between our save point and the present day.

How do you make a save point?

You don’t need to. Just remember how you were feeling at a certain point in your life, revisit it as lucidly as you can – hear what you heard, see what you saw and feel how you felt. Then simply imagine the way your life is going to pan out from then till now cutting out event x.

If there are emotions at our saved point you no longer desire to have in your present you can simply alter the images, sounds and videos in your head at the time of the saved point to reflect this and only bring forward emotions, thoughts and feelings that you feel will support you in your way forward in life.

Of course imagining you win the lottery between the saved point and now won’t make you rich beyond your wildest dreams but it may make changes in your head that allow you to embrace what ever the lack of money is holding you back from. After all money and possesions never truely bring you happiness.

As long as the lesson(s) event x are learnt from this is a good way of restablishing your emotional state to where you want to be. This technique shouldn’t be used to ignore life’s lessons because without learning from situations we’re destined to circle around making the same mistakes “over and over again.”

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In My Head Psychology / Communication

Magical Photos and Videos

Why are photos and videos so magical? It’s because they perfectly reconstruct a point in our past that our memories no matter how good can not.

Our memories limit us to fragments of pictures or falsely reconstructed scenes based on our perception preferences. They allow us access to little segments of audio individual frames of a movie that is genuinely hard – and I’d argue almost impossible – to reconstruct accurately and to the same level of detail.

Not only does a video or a photo capture everything the way it was – it also captures and allows us to reconnect with the way we were feeling and our emotions at that point in time. This is such a powerful tool. A tool that can make us feel exactly how we want to feel at any moment of our lives – all we need do is change the images and videos in our minds to ones that make us feel the way we want and we truly have mastered our own emotions.

The power of this tool doesn’t end there – we can manipulate and strip characteristics off movies and photos that make us feel a certain way and apply them to other images and movies to make us feel the way we want when a given situation arises.

I have read a lot about NLP and its use of images, I never thought I’d figure out the reason why images, videos and sounds are so important to us.

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Dreams In My Head Psychology / Communication

Another Dream

I had a really weird dream about surfing.

I was at a beach near my old home in Brighton. I was there to surf some big waves that had been reported to be breaking on the beach soon.

I got out on my surfboard and started to drift out to sea no matter how hard I tried to get back to shore, I just kept drifting back out to sea.

Eventually these big waves came along, the ones that were due to break, I decided that this was my only chance to get back to shore safely under my own force.

The first couple of waves got me somewhere back nearer to where I wanted to be the third wave however was much stronger than the first two and started to drag me under. I struggled and tried to resurface in the end though I lost and could feel myself starting to drown.

I then woke up and it was a few seconds before I realised I was actually able to breath and not be inhaling sea water.

I did have a cold at the time; that explains the not being able to breath properly – I’m finding it hard to decipher the meaning of the sea and the land.

I’m guessing the shore is something that I was trying to achieve, somewhere in my life I wanted to get to? Maybe the dream was meant as a message of “You’re trying too hard” to achieve whatever the shore represented.

Maybe the waves drowning me was a way of saying “you don’t actually want / need to get to get to the shore” or the likely hood of obtaining the shore is very small so don’t even try just relax and go with it!

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Dreams In My Head Psychology / Communication

Dreams

Dreams are funny things. Some we remember, some we forget, some we actualise and some we let slip through our fingers.

Some dreams mean more to us than others, some dreams we share, some dreams we keep quiet secretly hoping for them to come true.

Some dreams tiptoe quietly past and sit silent until we pay them their due attention, others scream and shout until action is taken.

Our ability to dream and imagine sets us apart from most other species on this planet. Although other species dream we’re the only ones who realise the potential of dreaming and lucid imagination to change our selves and the world around us, this is because our mind cannot distinguish between a lucid imagination and reality.

Of course the map is not the territory, the world is not the way we perceive it to be – it is the way it is and we are but mere interpreters of the way it is.

The strangest things about dreams are the way they fade away so quickly after you wake up. When doing some research on dreams and lucid dreaming a while back I read one of the best techniques for remembering your dreams was to keep a notepad and by your bed and as soon as you wake up (within 2 minutes) write down what your dream was about.

I believe that dreams are alot like emotions. Each dream we have has a message to deliver. Some dreams the message will be obvious and others not so. The same is true of emotions sometimes when we feel sad for no particular reason we wonder what our mind and body are trying to say eventually we’ll get the message through other times though the reason for the way you’re feeling is entirely obvious.

I had a strange dream the other night. I was visiting a friend of mine in London, I don’t actually know who the person was but I had the sense that I knew them. We were on our way to the train station when we realised that one of the entrances of the station was locked and closed. There were three people outside the station. I asked one of them why the station was shut, he said something and told us to use the other entrance, he said he would show us the other entrance. As he guided us – he was behind us at this point I saw all three of us in third person, he drew a sword out of his jacket and stabbed me in the back. I can’t remember what happend much after that.

I guess the message behind this dream is something to do with connections (the train station)  that I was use to having in my life aren’t necessarily there any more and if there are things I need or want to achieve I will have to do this using alternative methods (the second entrance), which even may require me to alter the way I am now (that’s the death part).

Although I’m certain there’s a million and one way to interpret a dream, I think the person responsible for the dream is the only one who can really interpret and understand its full meaning.