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Response-ability: Overcoming Powerful Automatic Responses Using a 90 Second Guideline

“I define responsibility (response-ability) as the ability to choose how we respond to stimulation coming in through our sensory systems at any moment in time.



Although there are certain limbic system (emotional) programs that can be triggered automatically, it takes less than 90 seconds for one of these programs to be triggered, surge through our body, and then be completely flushed out of our blood stream.

My anger response, for example, is a programmed response that can be set off automatically. Once triggered, the chemical released by my brain surges through my body and I have a physiological experience. Within 90 seconds from the initial trigger, the chemical component of my anger has completely dissipated from my blood and my automatic response is over.

If, however, I remain angry after those 90 seconds have passed, then it is because I have chosen to let that circuit continue to run. Moment by moment, I make the choice to either hook into my neurocircuitry or move back into the present moment, allowing that reaction to melt away as fleeting physiology.”~Jill Bolte Taylor


2 responses

  1. Hi Zeke,

    Looking in to your highly aesthetic blog to see what’s recent or what I’ve missed.
    Here you pinpoint, biological fight and flight response and follow up deliberation –
    determinism versus free will, the big question, Daniel Kahneman ‘Thinking Fast
    and Slow, ‘ and Karl Popper, ‘Clouds and Clocks.’ You might care to look at my
    latest post , serf hubris has no bounds. :)

    All the best,
    beth the serf.


    September 1, 2017 at 2:54 am

  2. Hi Beththesurf,

    Very similar to flight or flight, and in my experience, just as compelling at the time, except it is just a micro-decision about whether to become angry or hurt, or not. These little decisions over time shape our experience of reality. I found it useful to learn about triggers and the fleeting nature of the trigger response, mainly in order to get rid of them by consistently making them fall silent.

    It is interesting that “trigger warnings” actually cater to the undesirable behavior, and make it part of the identity. That is just backwards.

    So good to see you have a new post. I will drop by for that beth, thank you.

    September 1, 2017 at 10:49 am

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