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Making Associations. Monday August 10, 2015

In an earlier blog, entitled, "Breaking Associations," I encouraged us to challenge unhelpful links that we'd allowed to define us negatively. "Hopeful One" said, "There seems to be an underlining assumption that being defined in this way is always negative. In my opinion it's not so much the definition or the associations but the internal judgements we make that do the damage."

We are in agreement, Hopeful One!

Associations have their own associations! We can make them mean what we want them to.

For example, we can change the context. One of my favourite film clips is from a rather violent thriller called, "Face Off!" In it, Nicholas Cage and John Travolta swop roles as goody and baddy. In my chosen scene, Judy Garland's version of, "Somewhere, Over the Rainbow," plays serenely while a S.W.A.T. team destroys the flat our hero is sheltering in. The association is 'wrong' - it shouldn't work. It works perfectly.

So the flip side of breaking bad associations is to make good associations - deliberately. An association is simply, "This means that," or "This links to that."

Naturally occurring associations include hearing a song when you're having a good time. The song and the feeling of feeling good become linked automatically. The next time you hear the song, you feel good because the two files are linked in the library of your brain! Even more powerful is scent. You may associate an after-shave or perfume with a person. Smell the scent, remember the person.

These links happen naturally and unconsciously. In fact, all the sense data you were receiving at the time becomes linked in your mind to the event. Famous Canadian Neuro-Surgeon, Wilder Penfield, demonstrated the physical nature of memory by stimulating areas of patients' brains. The memories that were triggered enabled the patients to relive experiences - along with all the senses recorded at the same moments in time.

This is good news because we can create this process consciously as well as unconsciously. You and I can choose to link a song, a scent, even an object to an emotional feeling. When we sense we are beginning to feel great, we can choose to pop on our "Feel Great" Playlist... and turn up the volume! The brain doesn't care what comes first, the chicken or the egg! It simply splices the memories together. Do the procedure often enough and you will discover that your "Feel Great" Playlist will remind your mind what it is like to feel great... et voila! You will feel better.

Right, I'm off to find a magic feather... heard some flying elephant dropped one near here.

A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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Karen Mon, Aug 10th 2015 @ 10:26am

Yes! Lex, this is so right! Every time I hear 'I'm not in love' , by 10cc, it takes me back to when my husband and I were 'going out'! Lovely memories. Every time I smell April Violets, i remember my dear departed mother in law!! Walking through the woods yesterday there was a strong smell of something...and all of a sudden I said 'Parma violets'!!! The smell reminded me of the little pale violet sweets we had as children! Fab memories, thank you, Lex....can't wait for today's sniffs and sounds!
Karen ( x)

Neil Mon, Aug 10th 2015 @ 10:30am

It just works, doesn't it, Karen. The exciting thing is that we can deliberately set up and then set off associations. Even your other name "bearofliddlebrain" triggers associations (good ones) for me...
It's a kind of magic...

Neil Mon, Aug 10th 2015 @ 10:30am

And before I manage to confuse people... "Neil' is my first name!

Karen Mon, Aug 10th 2015 @ 10:44am

Now I was just about to write to Caroline to say the gremlins are at it again! But no's you, Lex! I would love to say that this is, but thankfully you have cleared it up! Lolilol! 'Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, bouncy, fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!' Singing in Tigger-style!
K x

Neil Mon, Aug 10th 2015 @ 10:53am

I'm singing!

susan Mon, Aug 10th 2015 @ 3:02pm

Another crazy Monday. The gremlins ARE at it, Karen. I couldn't arrive at this blog unless accessed through the morning's email; it doesn't appear when you go to the website first. Probably happening to many of us. And then there's Neil, The Entertainer, and dear Lex....all one person. I need to lie down! (Another) great blog, Lex, and a great conscious method to adopt. Thank you. susan xx

Neil Mon, Aug 10th 2015 @ 5:41pm

Hi Susan, This is NeiLex the Entrainer! I suspect a few teething issues with getting us started but thanks for persevering!

Karen Mon, Aug 10th 2015 @ 6:03pm

I was beginning to wonder if there was just me, Neil and Lex left in Mooodscope World!!!!, thank goodness for you Susan! And have you noticed? Neil/Lex is now an Entrainer as well as The Entertainer!!! Fuzzy gremlins abound with Tigger and Pooh! Lolilol K x

Neil Mon, Aug 10th 2015 @ 6:36pm

Ah, what to say, was it a typing error, or an opportunity to research the miracle of "Entrainment"?

Karen Mon, Aug 10th 2015 @ 8:07pm

Entrainment (biomusicology), the synchronization of organisms to an external rhythm. Entrainment (chronobiology), the alignment of a circadian system's period and phase to the period and phase of an external rhythm......which definition will you choose?!!! K x

Hopeful One Mon, Aug 10th 2015 @ 8:21pm

Hi Lex - powerful stuff especially when one is " mentioned in dispatches"! Couldn't better the exposition..

Lex Tue, Aug 11th 2015 @ 5:20am

Hi Karen, I'd go for biomusicology for starters! The use of music or a beat to change our state of mind is really magic!

Lex Tue, Aug 11th 2015 @ 5:20am

Hi Hopeful One, glad you liked the mention!

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