Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Roller Coaster Ride


Sometimes life can feel like a bit of a roller coaster ride. There is a wealth of ways to describe the same situation which in turn feedback to the brain about how the body has interpreted a particular situation. For example, if two people sit next to each other on a roller coaster ride, one may return saying “that was exhilarating”, yet the other may report “that was petrifying”. These phrases give insight into how the body has interpreted its own physiological response. The two people on the roller coaster ride both went around the same track and both experienced the same acceleration down the big dipper; yet one interpreted their physiological response as exhilarating and the other as petrifying. These words are their conscious mind describing their inner emotional state. Words can be important in determining future action and may impact upon the action of others. For instance, it is unlikely that the petrified passenger would wish to go on the ride again, nor that friends would suggest that they come back another day to go on the same fairground ride. This example illustrates the impact of words and how verbal descriptions can transform actions.

11 comments:

QUASAR9 said...

Life is a roller coaster ride
some experiences we want to repeat again and again, others we'd like to avoid at all costs, but sometimes we must endure the pain.

Man is a creature of habit, some habits are good, all habits like love of food can be good or bad.
Some people even like to be mad, bad or sad - oh you cad - whilst others are quick to latch on to any passing fad. Well anything goes if it makes you glad, even if only for a moment, must be had.

David Anthony said...

There are those people in life who love going on roller coaster rides and there are those people who hate going on them...

And there is a whole category to themselves who have never been on one. I would belong to this group. :)

jmb said...

This is assuming that people will always put into words what they are feeling. I find in life that I spend a lot of time trying to discern the unspoken message so that I can act accordingly. As I get older, I think I'm getting better at it. People are never what they seem to be.
Gone off topic? Probably. Still, the thought that surfaced because of the post.
Regards
jmb

sally in norfolk said...

I love and Hate them at the same time...exhilarating and petrifying.

simon said...

is that the same as say, one person being in the groove, and another being in a rut? yet both have the same circumstances?

Shrinked Immaculate said...

Dr Michelle, Thanks for your comment on my blog, and I must confess. You are the most beautiful psychiatrist I have ever seen.

Ellee said...

I'm the same as David Anthony, but I am brave in other ways.

Ian Lidster said...

I went on a roller coaster 'once', when I was about 16. That was sufficient. But, at least I can say that I did it. It is important to me to at least try, and then ultimately reject as something I never want to do again.
But, as my latest blog points out, I suffer from acrophobia, so the roller coaster simply added to that area of instinctive avoidance in my life.
Cheers,
Ian

SeaSpray said...

My life from 1/106 - 2/5/06 felt like an up/down and all around roller coaster ride without brakes mostly because of health concerns but then by fall so many other issues (finances, concern for loved ones etc.) seemed to pile on. Normally, I would handle the latter stuff but given the drawn out period for the health issues (even tho there are surely worse health issues) I was worn down emotionally. What amazes me is that I have come through far worse circumstances (but health intact) in the past and that this time around I was just passive - let things happen. Sometimes we just can't control how our body betrays us.

However, From that point I have actively decided to take my life back and regain control and press forward in doing all the things that I know to do to nurture and strengthen my mind, body and spirit. I am currently feeling empowered and hopeful which is something I surrendered last year.

No matter what happens, at least I will know that I have indeed done everything that I know to do to help heal my body and if I end up going in a direction that I don't want to go in then I will know that God is leading me down that path and ultimately will work out for good.

Sorry Dr Michelle - off track a bit. Ha! "Off Track" - really no pun intended. :) I have been using the roller coaster analogy for the last month and so this post got my attention. Great site - most informative!

Yes, words, said and not said are revealing. Throw in some body language and that will confirm or betray the validity of one's words. :)

Re: Roller coasters- have been on small ones not my cup of tea. Give me the ocean any day - that's fun!

SeaSpray said...

Correction: 1/01/06 to 2/5/07 :)

Lorri said...

Life is a roller coaster ride, it can either lift you up, or if you let it, bring you down.

I prefer the former.