A mind full of pictures

I love photos. I take them myself. I admire them when they are taken by other people. Photos capture moments in time and the very best captures those moments that cannot be repeated.

Our mind also thinks in pictures. If I ask you to think about your mother, you immediately recall a mental picture of your mother. In the same way we have pictures or more accurately mental models of everything.

Mental models are frames of references about every topic we are aware of. We have mental models about love, life, people, work, you name it. It can be seen as to sum total of our assumptions about how life should be.

Neuro scientists refer to it as hardwiring of neurons, because of the natural process of the brain to create semi permanent connections around anything that has become an unconscious habit. We don’t consciously think about tying our shoes or brushing our teeth. We do it habitually. This natural process makes life easier. It frees up brain space and energy for other things.

I also like refer to these mental models as belief systems. What we belief about our self and our world. Belief systems are more complex than habits like brushing your teeth, but they are also hardwired neurological connections. A very complex interconnectedness of neurons. That is why they are referred to systems. Therefore we could also apply the rules of systems to our mental models.

One of these rules is that a system always tries to keep itself in equilibrium. So if you receive information that does not fit into the system of neurological connections you already have, the equilibrium is changed. It is a bit like having a black and white photo and suddenly a person in the photo has a bright red jacket on. It does not fit into the context. Our mind then does one of two things. It can disregard the information or it can find a way to fit it into the current system.

When the second option is executed, a whole new set of dynamics come into play. Dynamics I would love to explore with you in the next few posts.  First we need to have an understanding of the basic process of the pictures in our minds.

That is – we all have a complex interconnected belief system about our world and through these belief systems we interpreter the world as it happens. The question that arises is: Have we ever looked at the interpreter of our world?

Any good photographer would tell you that you need to know how your camera works, before you can constantly produce good photos. My invitation to you is: Will you join me in exploring the way we interpret our world?

With expectation


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