TIL: Hack the half-second

Today I Learned

The human brain takes up to half a second after receiving sensory inputs to apply judgments, cognitive biases, and labels.

What this means to me

A core personal development theme for me is to become less reactive. Instead of classifying an event as bad (or good) and labeling the person who “caused” it as incompetent (or amazing), I’m trying to delay those sub-second reactions.

Putting this knowledge to work

Daily practice to delay my reaction between an observation and a response (meditation helps here). Change my genuine reaction to an event with curiosity: see things as neither good nor bad, just things to explore and understand. Don’t react at all to things that are out of my control (yes, this has echoes of Stoicism).


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