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Dissonance
The longest distance in the world is from the head to the heart. We all know in our heads that smoking is bad for us. And yet some of us continue to do so. Why? Some call it cognitive dissonance. But I think Walt Whitman said it best,
"Logic and sermons never convince,
The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul. "

The ideas that are present within our brains have trouble coming down into our hearts. We're thinking people, but we act on our feelings and our emotions. So how does one really reconcile the two? From the brains point of view, the heart is an impenetrable fortress. "It's like talking to a wall, it just won't listen," says the brain. The heart meanwhile is oblivious. Until the next thrill comes around. Then it hijacks the brain along for the ride. And afterward the brain is left to try to make sense of it all. "That wasn't SO bad." Or better yet "That was definitely the last time I'll do THAT," the brain claims. "Yeah, right," mutters the heart, "Just wait until NEXT time. Then you'll see something really crazy."
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preciousbayne From: preciousbayne Date: December 6th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
I didnt realize you read Whitman.

The percentage that puts logic before emotion is actually very small, and those of us who do that are considered flawed and unfeeling, something inherently wrong with the way we interact with the world.

We all expect a degree of emotional interaction with those we keep around us. We all want to be understood, and a wall of logic isnt knowm for understanding.

Susanna Kaysen echoed something similar in 'Girl, Interrupted,' while trying to draw the distinction between mind and brain, the difference between psychology and psychiatry in the mind of someone with a mental illness. The communication betwewen the synapses is fundamentally flawed, leading to erroneous conclusions.

Reconciling the divide is where the process of self-actualization begins, approaching the fact that our desires and actions are rarely complimentary. Our heart is easily fooled into simalcrums of happiness, because our brain tells us that happiness is not truly available. Of course, we try to substitute. I desperately want there to be rainbows and butterflies, and so I look for them, even when my brain knows they don't exist.

The pursuit of happiness is a curious thing.
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