Surprise Behavioral Health

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Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast and Slow says, “You are more likely to learn something by finding surprises in your own behavior than by hearing surprising facts about people in general”.

Do you adapt well to surprises?

What is your reaction when you drop a glass and it shatters on concrete?

Your response is the focus to this question. It may bring out your inner three-year old behavior from the first glass you broke.  It may bring about the angst of a tedious cleaning process you don’t have time for.

Either instance likely defines the remains of a day.

Anger, fear, stress, or anxiety following a surprise affects every organ in your body as well as everyone surrounding you (Siegal and Bergman, 2006).

How do you change your behavior following a surprise?

Kahneman gives us the first step: observe yourself.

Look for the surprises in your own behavior. This is a catalyst for purposeful, healthy change in response to any surprise.

GIG Design | Occupational Performance

CONTEXT

DESIGN^interceptive | Tear off your attitude of choice to reduce issues from negative, avoidant, aversive, or defensive behaviors from discriminative or evaluative sensitivities.
DESIGN^interceptive | Consider how your personal beliefs and customs affect behavioral health.

OCCUPATION

DESIGN^touch | Wrap both hands around warmth to reduce issues from negative, avoidant, aversive, or defensive behaviors from over reaction.
DESIGN^touch | Consider how your interactions with objects of an activity affect behavioral health.

SENSE

DESIGN^joint & muscle | Push something big and heavy to reduce issues from negative, avoidant, aversive, or defensive behaviors through joint compression and muscle traction sensitivities.
DESIGN^joint & muscle | Consider the behavioral affects to the built environments you dwell.
M.L. Siegal, A. Bergman, Canalization, C.W. Fox, J.B. Wolf (Eds.), Evolutionary Genetics: Concepts and Case Studies, Oxford University Press, Oxford (2006)