In 60 seconds, this video illustrates one of the key principles of neurobiology.

Our emotions, how we feel dramatically affect how we how we perceive and respond to the world.

This video has two 30-second segments. Watch the video and notice how you feel during each one. Then take a look at the explanation below.

What did you notice in the first video segment? How did you feel? And when you looked outside the how did the world look? 

How about in the second video? How did you feel and how did the world look? 

What was different about the two videos? 

Just the music, right? 

And yet most people perceive the two segments differently. In the first segment people often feel anxious and overwhelmed, with the people outside seeming aggressive or intimidating. 

In the second segment people often feel very differently – calmer, more relaxed, relieved. Interestingly, they also perceive the people as calmer, more approachable, or even as “going with the flow.” 

Exactly the same visuals, very different perceptions because of the emotional states caused by the music. 

If we are continually stressed out, anxious, afraid, or angry, the fight-or-flight system is continually activated. 

In this state our sense of threat is heightened and we are more likely to perceive people and situations as more threatening and intimidating than they really are. 

A state of calm is more likely to lead to us seeing the world in a more open and approachable way, which changes how we respond and, in turn, how the world responds to us. 

This is resilience. If you want to see the world like the second video, it’s time to get in touch.

#anxiety #resilience #stress

 

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