Martha Beck: Often complex problems are best solved by thinking like an animal

 

7. We should think rationally about our decisions. Your rational capacities are far newer and more error-prone than your deeper, “animal” brain. Often complex problems are best solved by thinking like an animal. Consider a choice you have to make—anything from which movie to see to which house to buy. Instead of weighing pros and cons intellectually, notice your physical response to each option. Pay attention to when your body tenses or relaxes.

– Martha Beck, from 10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn

It makes sense. Our more primal intelligence is much older than our conscious intelligence.

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