Human Conditioning, Stress Management and Music

Written by Bill Reddie


The predominant role human conditioning plays in a stressful environment. Perspective, reaction and remedy.How music can help.

By Bill Reddie

Creating music for stress management can be a rather complicated process. Due torepparttar nature of stress, music must promote and sustain a therapeutic ambience and provide a calming influence that opensrepparttar 144225 door to reflection, corrective action and ultimately, inner peace. Consequently, creative effort in this genre often leads to considerations that have more to do with psychology than music per se.

In its development stages a musical sequence may point to possibilities for music therapy, but to successfully completerepparttar 144226 final sequence, one must considerrepparttar 144227 variables of human nature.

Whether or not these musical possibilities grow into something of benefit depends upon many factors, notrepparttar 144228 least of which isrepparttar 144229 creation of sound structures that are compatible with and beneficial torepparttar 144230 human organism.

Another extremely important issue that must be considered duringrepparttar 144231 composition process is that all humans are conditioned since birth and there is little that humans experience throughout their lives that is not filtered through previous layers of conditioning.

At first glance, human conditioning may appear to have little if any relationship to stress management, anxiety, burnout - or for that matter, music. But a closer look revealsrepparttar 144232 connection.

To understand how this connection works, we'll need to dig into some information that may seem a bit 'heavy'. The subject of conditioning is extensive and of necessity, comment here must be confined to only a few of its more prominent twists and turns.

Whether one agrees or disagrees withrepparttar 144233 statements presented here,repparttar 144234 following isrepparttar 144235 result of years of observation, study and application. Its presentation here is intended to promote a better understanding of how and why we so often react in counter-productive ways when dealing with stressful conditions.

Admittedly, this information is but a small part of a much deeper subject. Nonetheless, it is my sincere hope that what is presented here will provide some insight for those who suffer fromrepparttar 144236 unpleasant, debilitating and unhealthy conditions of stress. That said, please read on and it will become apparent that where human conditioning is concerned, almost everything is related.

The problem

When one studiesrepparttar 144237 work of men such as Roger Sperry, Freud, Jung, Wilhem Reich and others, it becomes clear that (1) general reaction to stressful conditions tends to be aberrant and (2)repparttar 144238 manner in which humans perceive and react is, forrepparttar 144239 most part, a learned behavior.

This learned behavior has much to do with how we view ourselves and our place in society. The picture that we present torepparttar 144240 outside world is our identity, or image, of who we think we are and that image isrepparttar 144241 direct result of everything we have been taught and everything that has ever happened to us.

Consequently, each new encounter or situation we experience is filtered through previous conditioning and in this way, previous conditioning becomesrepparttar 144242 measurement we apply to all future experience. Unfortunately, this measurement is often flawed and when used to evaluate and respond to stressful conditions, tends to produce reaction rather than remedy and this in turn can lead to errors in judgment that may actually make matters worse.

Why don't we recognize these reaction patterns when they occur?

Well, for most of us,repparttar 144243 basic underlying causes of conditioned reaction have been lost to conscious memory. Yet, without realizing why, we often continue to react in a sort of robotic way torepparttar 144244 emotional stimuli of circumstances that occurred long ago and which contain little if any corrective value for resolvingrepparttar 144245 here-and-now problems of today.

How does this relate to stress management?

The relevance to stress management lies inrepparttar 144246 fact that conditioning is like a one-way street, paved with beliefs, opinions and prejudgments that often lead us in very subtle ways torepparttar 144247 wrong destination. In other words, when belief, opinion and prejudgment are used as a measurement of stressful conditions,repparttar 144248 results of that measurement will most likely be erroneous due to a lack of facts.

Stated another way, one might say that in lieu of facts, we are more likely to create and / or contribute torepparttar 144249 stressful conditions that we seek to resolve.

Truth or Belief?

Belief, opinion and prejudgment indicate a lack of fact or truth. One reason this lack occurs is because of a widespread assumption thatrepparttar 144250 word 'believe' is synonymous withrepparttar 144251 word 'truth'. When we say we believe in something or believe something to be true, what we are really saying is that we do not possess allrepparttar 144252 facts. Conversely, if we possessed allrepparttar 144253 facts we would no longer believe - we would know.

Thus,repparttar 144254 disparity between 'belief' and 'truth' becomes one ofrepparttar 144255 main reasons we react to stress rather than take remedial or constructive action to minimize it. In other words,repparttar 144256 tendency is to make judgments ( based on belief or opinion ) before obtaining allrepparttar 144257 facts in a given situation.

According to statistics,repparttar 144258 sources below are most commonly mentioned as a cause of stress:

The boss Not enough sleep Family pressures The workload Not enough money Societal pressures Co-workers Not enough time Marital issues Traffic Health crises Divorce When stress enters our lives,repparttar 144259 tendency is to blame someone or something other than ourselves. In some cases we may be right. But many times stressful conditions are of our own making. One example would be stress created as a result of maxed-out credit cards or a lack of financial discipline.

Another cause might originate with any one ofrepparttar 144260 sources inrepparttar 144261 list above, but because of our tendency to misunderstand and mishandle these experiences we often proceed to makerepparttar 144262 problem worse and thereby increaserepparttar 144263 level of stress. Regardless ofrepparttar 144264 causes, how we deal with these conditions is of paramount importance if we are to resolve them successfully.

Generally speaking, we react emotionally to stress when we have something to defend and when we allow defensive emotion to get out of hand, we're not being rational - we're merely reacting. By reacting we compoundrepparttar 144265 problem because our reaction tends to produce a counter-reaction.

Why a counter-reaction? Well, ifrepparttar 144266 object of our wrath happens to be another person, that person will most likely have something to defend also and our emotional display may therefore be interpreted as a threat. Remember, that other person is conditioned too!

The Sky is Falling!

Conditioned reaction also indicates a fear of something. Eugene Albright,repparttar 144267 author of Unichotometrics-A New Way of Life, once said, "There is only one valid fear - a direct threat to survival ofrepparttar 144268 organism. Allrepparttar 144269 others can be traced to false concepts of one sort or another."

Mind Power With Mindfulness

Written by Steve Gillman

Basic mindfulness exercises put you in a state of awareness where distractions are let go, and your mind power is able to function more effectively. They help you think more clearly and concentrate better. They are also easy exercises to do.

More Mind Power in Minutes

A basic mindfulness exercise starts with sitting down, relaxing and breathing deeply through your nose. Close your eyes and be aware of your breath going in and out. After a minute, move your attention to your body, one part at a time, noting sensations of cold, hot, tight, sore and anything else you identify. In a few minutes, start listening to sounds inrepparttar room, without thinking about them. Just listen.

When it feels right, open your eyes and look around as if you are seeing forrepparttar 144187 first time. Rest your eyes on an object for half a minute, examining it without talking about it in your mind. Then move to another object, and another, while still maintaining an awareness of your body, your breathing, and any sounds. Stay in this state of mindfulness until you are ready to get up.

Being aware of your body, breath and immediate enviroment, puts you more fully "inrepparttar 144188 moment." Your mind is in a very receptive state, with fewer mental distractions that prevent clear thinking. Doing a mindfulness exercise before important mental tasks will give you greater mind power, specifically more focus and concentration.

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