We resist change because our brains are wired that way. Basically, emotional messages in the form of nerve impulses received from various parts of our body through nerves are connected to ‘Limbic center' of the brain. They have to pass through Limbic Center to reach Pre-frontal cortex, where rational decision making happens.
Limbic Center is the emotional center which facilitates emotional experiences. It's because of Limbic Center we experience emotions.
Limbic Center is responsible for reflex action. When you touch something that's very hot, immediately without knowing you take back your hands. This is process is called Reflex Action.
One of the most important characteristic of Limbic Center is; it's designed in such a way to protect us from dangers, discomfort, stress, pains, and anything unpleasant.
Limbic Center is responsible for the panic attacks, seizures as an immediate response to stress. It could be in the form of stomach aches, head aches, ulcers etc. This is basically a subconscious response to stress, trauma etc. It's the way our brain protects our body from extreme emotional pains without sabotaging our body system.
So whenever we want to bring in change, Limbic Center prevents us from taking actions or execute change.
Ex.- You wanna reduce body fat by going for a jog early in the morning. So in morning when you wanna get up.
Limbic Center prevents you to wake up by giving reasons to not go for jogging. Literally you brain is tricking you not to take action that's uncomfortable, hard etc.
So how do you stop this behaviour?
You need to develop habits to counter our subconscious resistance. In the book Atomic Habits James Clear says: It's the Atomic (Tiny) Habits we develop on day to day basis makes a huge difference in our lives. James Clear says that:
1. An atomic habit is a regular practice or routine that is not only small and easy to do but is also the source of incredible power; a component of the system of compound growth. 2. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. 3. Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years.
Harward based Psychologist Bruce H. Lipton says our thoughts are like a computer program, which is programmed since our birth in a certain as well as different ways. Of course, we change it as we grow up. These programs may enable development or hinders development. We need to be flexible to alter our routines & habits, most importantly our thinking patterns.
'Being flexible is a sign of intelligence.'
"It's the ability to adapt to new routines or environment enables success."
Bruce Lee says:
This is where the techniques of meta cognition come to our rescue.
Meta cognitive techniques helps us to tackle rigidity of our mind
Meta cognition are a set of psychological techniques that enable you to trick brain when it tricks you. Say as mentioned in the example.
Stay tuned!! There's an upcoming post on techniques of meta-cognitive techniques.