musings psychology Way of Life

The feedback loop – A predominant cycle in daily life that we rarely realize

I read a book wherein I read about a concept called ‘The Feedback Loop’. I thought it might be a scientific concept related to psychology, so I got enthralled by it. As I continued reading it, I realized it I already knew it. In fact, many of us undergo this cycle but never realize the importance of it.

So what does it say? It explains how the output of our attitude and our state of mind, in turn, becomes the input and sums up the output again.

In simple words: Let’s say when we are anxious, and we become aware of the fact that we are anxious, the awareness becomes the anxiety and adds to the earlier one. The cycle continues and worsens up our state of mind.

Why is it important? It implies that we ourselves are the cause of our distress.

Rather than fighting against it, we indirectly welcome it into our lives. Whereas the opposite should happen. When we become aware of some problem, we should figure out a way to curb it and ultimately root it out of our lives over the course of time.

The solution? Let us try certain steps in sequence to end the feedback loop wherever we realize its presence:

1)You become aware of the feedback loop.

2)Remember that you have two paths: a) Happiness b)Distress

   Choose (a) if you have a logical mind and respect yourself and your loved ones.

 Choose (b) if you are a crybaby and want to flow along the problems and are fond of seeking the sympathy of others.

Let us proceed if you have chosen the (a).

3)Congratulations! You are now aware of the problems as well as you know your ultimate goal too.

Now, it is the time to cut the channel that output takes to convert into input again

4)Now as you have realized that you intensified the problem yourself, now even the original problem should seem alleviated as now you are bewildered if that is also a consequence of some other output. Complex? Read this sentence again and again until you understand it.

 5)So now are going in the reverse cycle. You are now diminishing each input to the level you realize there is nothing big enough to take away your happiness.

Simple, isn’t it? Try this for yourselves and feel the change.


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