Past, present or future. The choice is yours!

Past, present or future. The choice is yours!

Article about the possible excessive attention paid to past and present abuse and calling to live for today. The juxtaposition of the traditional approach in psychoanalysis theory about a man gliding (Homo Prospectus), based on the study of brain functions (with the participation of Martin Seligman). Based on the research, set by Martin Seligman in his book Homo Prospectus, people simply can not live in the present, because his brain is wired differently. And the main task of the brain - to analyze and plan for the future. It turns out, the ability to live in the present value greatly exaggerated?

"Live in the present! Appreciate the time! Do not let him escape! Do not let life pass us by! "I'm sure you, like me, do you hear that phrase all the time. It pours into our weary heads problems from the pages of books on the psychology of success and motivation, from the mouths of coaches, teaching us the basics of a happy life. We are called not to remember the past and not the future to live and feel the here and now. I think in the moment, and not much to worry about coming to do no harm to yourself, because no one knows what awaits us there.

This is certainly not unreasonable. I myself have repeatedly urged to delay the inner eye for a moment and say, "Stop, moment, you're beautiful!" This is really important. But no less than to analyze their future to look forward to the event! After experiencing positive emotions in the present and savoring them, we determine our own future actions.

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Psychology is very closely linked past and present. She learned how to explain our response to the events and emotions that we experience, our way of thinking, the impact of the events have already occurred in the rest of his life. Depression is also a long time considered as a result of injuries sustained in the past. But the thing. The great importance attached to the memory! It turns out that no matter what happened in the past: injuries, violence, bad attitude - we forever remain hostage to these events? Forced to work with this negative life? Spend it on this? But since our brain there is arranged? It is no secret that over time, something erased from memory or float new details. Sometimes distorted memories: thoughts of the past are not as negative or even brighter than they were past events actually. And sometimes, on the contrary, over time, it increases the negative effects. Is it worth so much to delve into the memory, if it is such an imperfect tool? Can leave it all and focus on the present?

But then again, I had questions. If you've ever tried to immerse yourself in the moment and stay in it (for example, during meditation), then you already know that it is not always easy. Some of this is not under force. Many people try to focus on the life of current events, projects, and still can not stop living plans, thinking about the upcoming, to paint the future. I noticed that they as though become unhappy, feel inferior. Gradually and psychiatry began to come to the fact that depression - is not the result of past trauma, as a result of distorted plans for the future, the uncertainty of this very future.

And in 2016, Martin Seligman of the revolutionary claims that people are inherently less intelligent as planned. And the ability to analyze and anticipate the future - the basis of success and human happiness. "It is anticipating and evaluating future possibilities for the guidance of thought and action that is the cornerstone of human success." The central function of the brain - consciously or unconsciously look to the future. "It turns out that our consciousness is more attached to the future rather than be guided by the past" - says a great scientist.

Martin Seligman said in his book "Homo Prospectus" shows that a person can not live in the present moment, because his brain is wired differently. He says that both past and present - only in order to plan for the future. Our brains are happy just when hopes further action plans. Even the memory is given to us in order to prepare us for future actions to be able to predict the reaction, for example. Our emotions is not just a response to an event, or an event, but also a guide to future action. That is, emotion - it is the anticipation, expectation, can occur. And it is they who determine our behavior. Consider an example. The chief decided to organize a corporate event on Saturday and warned you not to advance too, say on a Tuesday or Wednesday. And your plans with family or friends. Your emotions? Outraged, they did not receive information in advance? Afraid to tell the family, because they are upset? Doubt? Rejoice, because this is for the benefit of the team? Or maybe you are hoping that this will avoid not very desirable plans? Exactly what you are experiencing at the moment of receipt of the information, determines your future (future) actions. Fear of discontent officer or a desire to avoid a home routine will make you accept the offer, the love of a close - to give, confidence and peace of mind to get you to give yourself time for a final decision. The important thing: whatever it was, it carries its own future analysis.

It turns out their emotions, thoughts and actions in the present, we define the future. According to the above book, this relationship is inherent to man and to any other mammal. It turns out that the main thing that distinguishes man from the apes - not the mind, and the ability to analyze, plan and anticipate the future. Man is so constituted, and therefore can not live in the moment! Here is what Seligman found.

And once we have arranged it so that we can not fully immerse yourself in the moment and stop to plan whether to go against his nature? Or it may be better to learn to use their unique human abilities? Take them into service, and receive not only enjoy the "holiday", but also on the expectations?

Many believe that the happiest people in the world - children. They lend themselves to the emotions, it is easy to express them, joyful, optimistic and carefree. They do not know how to chew gum psychological, they do not need to learn to meditate. But what is more significant in the context of this article, they enjoy their plans for the future, they enjoy not only the New Year, but also training, they are waiting for a trip to the sea or to the amusement park, my grandmother arrived, the arrival of their parents from work. They are preparing for this event with pleasure and positive, which reinforces the positive impact of the event itself. Plan, expect, hope, draw the future of light and bright! Do not go to extremes! Do not suppress the primary function of your brain! Remember, to find out what will happen next - his favorite pastime.

What do you think? Maybe the value of the ability to live in the present is really exaggerated? Maybe we should sell it at inflated prices?