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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Managing Your Moods by John Preston

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Chapter 5
Perceiving Stress: It’s Always in the Eye of the Beholder
In This Chapter
• How the human mind and brain perceive reality
• Reactions to situations depend heavily on your perceptions
• Logical thinking versus intuitive thinking and hunches
• How certain parts of the brain constantly engage in rapid fear appraisal
 
Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, said that emotions are “over-determined.” What he meant by this is that hardly ever do people react in a simplistic stimulus-response fashion. As an example, the exact same life event can occur to two people and yet each may have completely different reactions.
Each human brain takes in about 20 million bits of data per second. Your sense organs constantly scan the environment and ...

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