the Jade Factor

September 29, 2008 at 10:31 PM 1 comment

It’s funny how we find ourselves doing things we don’t like.

It all starts way back then, when we still have our childly innocence and are using that part of the brain where we only have short term memory, because a decade later, we no longer remember clearly what happened – unless you have had some traumatic experience from child abuse or the like, in which case it may be Selective Memory Loss.

So your parents somehow coerce you into banging away on a piano, or playing tennis, hoping you’ll become the next crazy-haired Beethoven or the next Andre Agassi.

But then you realize that you’re not all that great at said activity, and then you begin to think, “Oh what’s the point.” A negative positive feedback loop* then kicks in: you don’t like it, so you don’t practice, so you get worse, so you don’t like it more, so you don’t practice, etc. Especially happens during sophomore year.

At the end of it all, you have become jaded.

Of course, ten years later you’ll regret not actually becoming good at whatever you could have been good at.

*It’s a positive feedback loop because it causes more of itself to happen. It’s a negative positive feedback loop because it’s a positive feedback loop in a negative way.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Angel  |  September 30, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    the loop you referred to is just a negative feedback loop.

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