Making Sense of Our Senses

What You Touch Changes How You Think

http://www.psychologytoday.com/collections/201103/making-sense-your-senses-0/the-dangers-soft-chairs

There is a measure to determine how a person gets used to throwing a ball in Baseball. It is called “Muscle Memory”, whenever a pitcher has to throw within the grid of the batter, he must remember how to throw it. The angle of his arm, the velocity of his throw, the grip of the fingers, the timing of the release and such that he must remember of all of these whenever he throws to a specific location. Such that memory of how a pitcher throws becomes second-nature, with the expectancy on how good you will throw based on past statistic. These help predict possible outcomes. If we know we did badly on the last test, seeing all the red marks, and low score we remember the color of red as a warning. In fact, these colors help us recur the feelings of failing the test and based on that feeling have a value for how long or how much effort will be put on studying.

Our senses dictate what we feel through what sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. So naturally whenever we feel something, something that has been embedded into our memory, it is in my opinion that it becomes part of our subconscious. Like the feelings of weight, texture, and hardness, etc. all these common descriptive words have been introduced to us through images, that whenever we see it or feel it, it brings up feelings that affect us because of what we expect it to be from our personal image. We ask, what exactly soothes us? What hardens us? Is it when we feel love from our family? Is it when our hearts fill up with butterflies at the girl whom we’ve admired for so long? As for what hardens us, is it whenever we’re struck down on the coarse ground? When we’ve felt the big boulder in our path?


All these influences are from images of our senses portray, and in what we’ve felt in the past, in short , it has ASSOCIATIONS. We associate these with what we touch, cause what we touch is what we feel. Clarifying that the world “Feel” is root word of feeling. It means that both physical feel and emotional feel have equivalent powers of influence. I agree with this article with regard to how feel changes thinking, what we feel both physically and emotionally are on an equal footing, which is why both will affect our judgement.

For instance when we are furious, mad or angry, whenever there is a person who tries to feel sympathy for us, we find it hard to control our anger and instead bring it out on them, and do we even stop to think? Whenever we feel happy or sad for something, we start to be subjective, but whenever we do not have initial image of something we start off more objective towards it. Being plain, straightforward keeps us on leveled ground with what we decide, being neutral and not taking sides. Showing that feeling is the main factor in our thinking.

A chair in this context is like being on a boat during a storm, we cannot control the how the boat feels or rocks during the storm, the only way to stop it is to throw yourself away from it. If sitting on a soft chair will make you sway towards being flexible with your terms, the only way to avoid it is to leave and turn away, just like the article suggests.

If a teacher was to sit on a hard chair, the teacher would be more objective as the study suggests because it is comfy but not indulging, therefore she will stick to the criteria of the grade from the curriculum. However when a teacher would sit on a comfy, soft chair, as the study believes, the relationship between the teacher and the student being graded will be affect the criteria. This example denotes rigidness vs flexibility.

This article made me think (think in terms of discovering something new) very more consciously of my past actions. During overnights, whenever I sit on a bed together with friends, being relaxed removes the thinking of paranoia and instills more trust. Why is it that we are more inclined to talk more personally about our lives? On the other hard when we are standing up, we are more serious, more concerned with our actions and reasons, and more hesitant to divulge information.

I believe, what we feel is what is reflected in our thinking. Feeling comes from everything we touch physically and everything we sense emotionally. The longer we stay on something that can pos an emotional factor whether or not we notice it, builds up as time goes by. Past feelings can be forgotten, but will be deeply rooted in our library of memories waiting to be pulled out whenever a similar feeling is induced.

First Time Knowledge Issues:

  1. Mind – how does our mind translate our past memories to influence our thinking, without us noticing we are being influenced? We use the mind, the same entity to understand and notice things at the same time. So why is there two opposite sides to the mind?
  2. Action – how is the boundary between logical thinking and emotions (through touching, feeling, etc.) manipulated to change our actions?
  3. Emotion – how are emotions buried through our subconscious? does it have to extremely painful or happy? or do regular happenings also count too?

Photo Caption:

Is he struggling to survive against two boulders or is he happily dancing with the two boulders?

Stock Photography: Australia Northern Territory near Tennant Creek Devils Marbles

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/451271-001/Stone

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