Thursday, March 15, 2012

Happiness, BDSM, micro expressions, homeostasis, honest signals, mirror neurons, accents, secrets



A lot of popular self help material promote the use of putting on a smiley face to trigger a mind-body reaction and guide the  individual toward a happier state. I believe this could be an excellent tool to have in your psychological tool box but used acutely.   Chronic use could have less desirable effects such as breaking the mind-body connection and leaving the impression towards others that you are not congruent, and something is putting you OFF. Another possible reaction is to slowly raise your noise floor towards emotion sensing in general, as a typical feedback system uses differences and not absolutes to gauge change. Effectively you only feel happy because you weren’t happy and something triggered you to be happy.  A change of state from happy to happier is harder to gauge. An analogy is perceiving  stars in the night sky. You can’t see the star’s against the bright light of the sun.

I believe putting on a pout or sad face when APPROPRIATE is also excellent tool to have in your psychological tool box but also used acutely. This could provide the back drop. These honest signals will  also be easier to be perceived by others via there mirror neurons, also tipping into the social component of happiness,  specifically interaction with others. Hiding emotions  also leave mixed impressions, also putting you OFF.  An interesting experience is how others quickly catch on that it's OK to share these flash's of micro expressions, triggering contagious emotional accents around your circle of friends. Nothing brings people together like a sharing a secret.

The end goal is to be neutral most of the time, and slightly more emotional when its appropriate and appropriate  for others to perceive. In effect slightly spiking and sensitive to the experience but leveling off back to neutral relatively quickly  .  BDSM uses similar mechanisms for highlighting arousal against pain, leaving a higher perception of arousal. The opposite might also be true, more pain is sensed against the pleasure. You are effectively jacking up  both experiences, but the average would still be neutral in the long run.

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