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More about willpower
There is a battle going on in our heads at all times between the subconscious primitive drivers and the rational thought of the prefrontal cortex...the prefrontal cortex was the last part of the brain to develop in human evolution and it's one of the key things that separates us from animals. This part of the brain, let’s call it conscious thought, is a behaviour regulator. It often overrides the primitive drives initiated by our subconscious.
So for example, without the prefrontal cortex we would eat anything and everything that was available - to the point of making ourselves sick. We wouldn't store food when we'd had enough. We also would not be so interested in wearing clothes and would not be so restrained about satisfying our sexual urges.
The pre-frontal cortex helps us be human.
However, it has an awkward relationship with our subconscious. The drive to survive is the strongest part of us. It can't afford to be apply reason and take time to make decisions. It has to be instantaneous and based on 'gut instinct'....feel first think later. It is emotional and physiological...with each instinctive survival response there is both an emotional response and a physiological response that happens far quicker than our conscious brain can respond. We also know that the subconscious is the one in charge for up to 90% of the day.
With all that in mind you might think it's some kind of miracle that we don't spend all day eating until we are sick and satisfying all our primitive urges.
But we don't...so what is it that makes the difference?
Well it's all about willpower and self-control. At the end of the day, the subconscious can always trigger off a response but we have a choice to override that with rational conscious thought.A choice that requires willpower.
A choice that also requires that the subconscious response is not too strong...not emotional hijacking...so that we are actually in a position to exert that choice.
So let's say you are not getting emotionally hijacked...let's say there is something challenging you that requires self-control. For example you have walked past a bakery and there is a lovely cake in the window that clearly has your name on it. What goes on? Without the prefrontal cortex it would be simple. Want cake, eat cake. Our subconscious even gets our body ready (physiological reaction) by lowering our blood sugar ready for the spike it's about to get. However as humans we do have a pre-frontal cortex so the process is way more complex.The amount of self-control we need to exert and are able to exert at this point is dependent on many factors. Why might you not be able to walk past the bakery? If you're trying to lose weight then you will consciously know that this is wrong. But you're still fighting the subconscious survival imperative to eat when food is available...particularly the rare sweet stuff (rare in the caveman days!) Assuming you have not been emotionally hijacked by another level of meaning that food has to you (comfort, making you feel loved, protection etc) then your self-control will kick in.