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Inside this Book – H alfway through my senior year in college, everything felt overwhelming. It began with anxiety about the future, which, for some unknown reason, started looking bleaker and bleaker. I remember that my body felt heavy and slow, that I didn’t feel like talking. Trying to pick classes seemed too difficult. Even food didn’t taste as good. And then my girlfriend dumped me, probably because I’d been a pathetic lump for the past couple months. After that, I started having more aches and pains and had trouble sleeping. The New England winter felt particularly long and dark. I didn’t realize at the time how depressed I was, and I also didn’t realize all the ways I was inadvertently preventing my brain from sinking down deeper. I was playing a lot of sports, and that actually changes dopamine signaling in the brain, which helps make life more enjoyable. And going to class not only altered the habit circuit in my brain, but it also meant that I had to spend some time out in the sun on my way to and from classes, which boosted my serotonin and regulated electrical activity in my brain during sleep. I lived with three of my best friends, and talking to them every day changed how the emotional circuits in my brain interacted with the planning circuits. I was completely unaware of all these brain changes, and yet they still saved me from getting worse.
Inside this book –The Upward Spiral PDF Book by Alex Korb – The other day I invited some new friends over for dinner at seven. I was excited to impress them and planned to make butter-lemon tilapia. A little butter, a little lemon, and ten minutes in the oven. Boom! Right? At six I started using my prefrontal cortex to plan all the steps. The rice would take about twenty minutes, plus time to cool. The oven needed to be preheated. The vegetables wouldn’t take long to cook, but I needed to chop them first, so I decided to start with that. It all seemed pretty easy. I got out the cutting board and was about to start chopping when I realized my apartment was a mess. There were newspapers scattered on the couch, clothes on the floor, and dirty dishes on the coffee table. My friends had never seen my place, and I didn’t want them to think I was a slob. I had to clean up. No big deal, right? I started through the same type of planning as with dinner. But five seconds into that, I realized I also had to take a shower and get ready. Crap. I could get the cooking started, but what if I didn’t have time to take a shower or clean before people got there? I could clean first, but what if the food wasn’t ready? And what if my friends were late? The food might get cold. I kept starting to do one thing, then changing my mind and starting another. And the clock kept ticking, so every minute I didn’t start doing things as efficiently as possible was another minute lost.
The Upward Spiral by Alex Korb PDF : eBook Information
- Full Book Name – The Upward Spiral
- Author of this Book – Alex Korb
- Language – English
- Book Genre – Self Help, Nonfiction, Psychology, Health, Biology, Neuroscience, Science
- Download Format – PDF
- Size – 1.2 MB
- eBook Pages – 174
- Price – Free