Mindful Manipulation

The proximate brutality of life can be mitigated through objective reasoning.

In other words: the visceral emotions we experience can be manipulated by a detached logical thought process. Feelings can be created or defused through the use of narratives and arguments directed by the self-aware portion of the mind.

An event occurs, and the autopilot portion of the mind reacts. Sometimes the reaction is an unpleasant idea entering the thought stream. At some point, the self-aware portion of the mind notices an unpleasantness and has the opportunity to alleviate the discomfort.

The self-aware portion of the mind can start by identifying the offending idea and observing its effects. Sometimes this alone may cause the distress to dissipate. If not, the self-aware portion of the mind can examine the idea and challenge its validity.

Over and over again, the automatic reactions of the mind can be manipulated by reason, to the point where this process becomes the new automatic response to unpleasantness. And a mind once plagued by negative emotion, is now ruled by logic.

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