Rebellious minds: the treasure of inattention

Although shaped by the history of our lives, people We bring with us, from birth, certain characteristics that accompany us throughout our journey. Our brain, along with our nervous system, comes into the world with a unique way of perceiving reality, an individual way of experiencing sound, light, texture, taste and smell, and a concrete way of processing and integrate them to make a representation of reality. the environment and everyone’s place in it.

There are brains specially equipped to hear and perceive music, others to create shapes and figures in space, some with a special ability to retain and process language or to imagine through numbers. There are also analytical brains prepared to know a tree in depth and more abstract brains with the ability to see and understand a forest.

    Neuroscience and society

    Today, neuroscience has taught us that, just like songs, our brain has a basic oscillation rhythm, in each of the different individuals and with different variations according to the emotional state. We have slow brains that tend more towards creativity, imagination, daydreaming; and others who oscillate faster and are more oriented towards the environment, execution or analysis of what they perceive.

    The socio-economic system we live in loves these seconds because their outward focus is easier to capture and direct to work and productivity, which keeps the system running.

    The first, the most creative, look inwards, towards the inner world, where they create, reflect and generate and because of this they are more difficult to “catch”, since they often flee the environment or live it together without focusing on anything for a long time.

      Different virtues for different brains

      Looking at the present, I’ll say one obvious thing: you can’t ask people with execution-oriented brains the same thing as people with creative-oriented brains, and here we are. the source of suffering for many people who come to us as therapists weekly consultations.

      Creative brains are great when they are mood regulated, i.e. inspired, because they are able to understand all of what they see and understand aspects that an analytical brain cannot. not understand. On the contrary, one cannot ask of these brains great prowess in terms of sustained attention or constancy in execution, so much their functionality is intimately linked to their emotional world which lives life in a more intense and richer way than the analytical brains, which, freed from intense emotion, can fix their attention more regularly.

        Row against the tide

        As I said, creative, emotional, insightful and also inattentive people play a disadvantage a world that loves them and has raised them to be consistent, productive and contented in terms of emotional expression.

        They are men and women who were boys and girls who repeated themselves many times throughout their childhood and who could not cry when they were sad, scream when they were scared or jump when they were happy.

        People who were denied in many cases the use of an emotional compass so sharp and powerful that they ended up being afraid of it, as the environment showed, forcing them to contain it, to deny it, to hide it or away from their experience, to not connect with the emotional outpouring that may have caused them when they were smaller human beings with fewer resources to manage their inner world.

          Theory versus reality

          At this point, I think it will be good to emphasize the theoretical nature of all this. “Purity” is something that does not exist when talking about brain typologies. It would be a mistake to classify the immense richness, complexity and flexible development of a brain its whole life in a watertight compartment. We are all kinds of hybrids in these dimensions and we are dominated by one tendency or another, which depends not only on our genetic load, but also and largely on our life history.

          While we all need to take care of the skills we need to develop a life plan that makes sense for each of us too. it is essential that we know what basis we have in order to be able to develop our virtues and be gentle and love us with our most fragile points.

          Author: Arturo Lecumberri Martínez.

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