History is an incredible occurrence that shapes everything to stand with remarkable uniqueness.
How often do you stop to consider something or someone’s history?
An example of a ‘something’ are words. Vocabulary history is acquired through selective listening and reading or engrained through cultural norms. The history of common words – like connection, originated with different spelling (connectere) then morph from their homeland (Latin – connexio) into new cultures (English – connect).
In consideration of the history of ‘someone’ a form of history measurement may be through behaviors. Behavior responses may change as demonstrated by designs preferred, the slang spoken, the people or cultures valued for purposeful sharing.
Behaviors lead to daily choices and then return as life history.
The history of brain growth shares commonalities with the life of the ‘something’ and ‘someone’ in this world. Within the brain is the amygdala. It acts to connect feelings and behaviors by tracing mental history for a patterned response. For example, today’s scent of pot-roast may continuously bring happiness because Grandma always served it on holidays.
To locate the amygdala: imagine a line drawn through your right eye, another line drawn through your right ear. The point both lines intersect within the brain is where the amygdala is.
The amygdala associates stimuli (odors, tastes, sights, etc) unconsciously to patterns then chooses a behavior response. Simultaneously, the behavior response sifts through the left brain (logic reasoning) to explain or make sense of an action. This processing activity is the consideration of the behavior output in connection to past thoughts and experiences.
So, Grandma’s pot-roast equals happiness. Hearing “pot-roast” or smelling and tasting pot-roast is the amygdala associating pot-roast with that memory.
Philosopher Alva Noe said “the brain makes the world.”
Noe used himself to explain, “I experience something in my brain that is confabulated on the basis of a pattern of stimulation.” He used color as an example of the left-right union on perception. He illustrates two examples: color properties on object surfaces, and color within an object. Noe stated most believe colors effect is “in the sense that color happens to us.” He continues “both of those views are wrong. I advocate the view that color is what you might call an ecological property and by that I mean that color is a feature of the way light and surfaces interact.”
He concludes that “all we ever know is the way our nervous system is bombarded by stimulation, that which is causing the stimulation is always beyond (the reach of our direct knowledge).”
Our surroundings – people, places, things – stimulates behavior responses.
Selectively choosing surroundings to trigger behaviors is one way history is created. Paint a wall yellow but what happens beyond seeing yellow? The brain subjectively reasons: see it, why seeing it, then unconsciously continues through the when, where, how…to conclude with a response.
Emotions that are derived with feelings like fear or excitement are reactive behaviors.
Every individual’s nervous system holds a unique history. Each pattern is like no other’s. Similar past experiences still differ based on variables that are connected to them. Time, culture, people, set patterns and feelings are some of those variables.
Unhealthy behaviors may manifest into mental and physical diseases or ailments. Take action to change a behavior response by first, setting values for the foundation of specific wellbeing goals. Strategize and design with health intentions. The brain is malleable through life span, so change is possible with work, determination, motivation.
Take a look around you. Take a look within you. What is the culprit to a behavior you can’t shake?