imagine that you are a giraffe. You have a two-meter-long
neck, and you live in the grasslands of
the African savannah. Every day crowds of tourists pass by and photograph
you. But not only have the camera lenses separated you from the
person. Probably the biggest difference separating you and your giraffe friends
from people is that each decision you make has a momentary effect on your
life. For example:
When a giraffe is hungry, it goes to a tree and begins to chew
When a storm approaches the plain, it hides in dense thickets of
Barely seeing the lion, the giraffe flees.
day, most giraffe decisions (what to eat, where to sleep, when to flee, etc.)
has an immediate impact on his life. This animal lives in the midst of
momentary reactions, where life is closely related to the current moment.
Delayed Return Environment
now slightly change the plot and imagine ourselves as one of the tourists who
went on a safari. Unlike giraffes, people live in the so-called
environment of deferred reactions. The decisions that we take today may
not affect our current state. For example, if you do your job well, you
will receive a salary only after a few weeks. If you save money, then you
will have something to live in your old age. Many aspects of modern life
assume a delayed reward.
the giraffe is concerned about the resolution of its pressing problems, such as
saving from lions or subsistence, many of the problems that concern people are
related to the future. For example, while driving through a safari park, a
person might think: “I like a safari. It would be nice to find a park
keeper and see giraffes every day. Is not it time for me to change
jobs? Am I really in my place? ”
being in the midst of deferred reactions leads to chronic stress and anxiety. Why does this happen? This is due to the fact that our
brain is not designed to solve problems that have a delayed effect.
The discrepancy between the structure of the human brain and the
new environment in which we find ourselves leads to chronic stresses and a
constant sense of anxiety. Within the last 100 years,
we’ve gone from a very simple way of life to a much more complicated system. We
now have cars, television, computers, internet, mobile, and everything in
between! All the things that we encounter in our lives today have come about
within a very short time frame.
In the scope of evolution, 100 years is just a blip in time. It
took us thousands of years to evolve into hunting, gathering and eventually farming humans and last 100 years of
technology evolution is just a blip in time. Therefore our brains are
still using the same processes from thousands of years ago.
We always worry about bank, home, money, car and many future
problems but our brain can rarely solve this problem.
What to do with it
The first thing you can do is measurement. You cannot be sure that
after graduating from high school, we will have a prestigious job, but you can
calculate how many companies you have applied for an internship. You cannot be sure that when you will meet your love,
but we can pay attention to how many people you introduced yourself.
Rather than worrying about tomorrow
focus on present situations and making small decisions will reduce anxiety.