Recently I went to a fruit stall to get some natural sugar after handing in an assignment. As I was getting my change something happened automatically: I put the change into my wallet without looking at it. Is this an automatic thing?
Action without thinking
Perhaps I was too preoccupied with the crowds in a very big city, or became engrossed at the amount of fresh fruit for really low prices. Either way I did something automatically.
Automatic reactions are a good thing because our brain has this amazing capability to keeping on top of things, even if we are not concious of it.
- Have you ever remembered that a light is on, or you left your [X] on?
- At the time we don’t notice, but our brain has the amazing capacity to keep us right. A few minutes/hours pass and we get this sudden reminder.
- So much so, nothing too serious happens whenever we are distracted. Leaving the light on, for example, is not a big deal.
But what about the change?
I don’t have money to throw away, but after this automatic reaction I could have lost a few coins. How would I have known I was overcharged if I put the change straight into my pocket?
Maybe an automatic reaction happens whenever we feel really safe. Maybe this automatic reaction allows us to show trust towards another human. Did I simply trust the fruit stall guy and felt so safe that he wouldn’t screw me over? Maybe
PS, he gave me the correct change. This time it really was a good automatic thing.
What are your automatic things?
What have/did/do you do? Is there this one [thing] that you keep forgetting and suddenly remember?