There are two different types of psycho-physiological states that often influence our ability to sustain change or improve our learning processes. Additionally, these psycho-physiological states are often referred to as PEA (Positive emotional attractor) and NEA (Negative emotional attractor). The two emotional attractors influence our thought patterns, feelings, and behaviours. Besides, these two psycho-physiological states comprise different psychological, emotional, neurological, and physiological traits. The positive emotional attractor activates the parasympathetic nervous system and beneficial cognitive and physiological responses, cultivating and improving optimism, motivation, resilience, thinking, creativity, adaptive behaviour, and effort. On the other hand, the negative emotional attractor activates the sympathetic nervous system, evokes fear and anxiety, and further fuels negative thought patterns, leading to pessimism, catastrophising, and cognitive distortion. Hence, our capacity to learn or sustain change significantly decreases when our sympathetic nervous system is activated, making us less physically capable of developing, learning, or improving our behaviour for more benefit.
As mentioned in the previous paragraph, the positive emotional attractor activates the parasympathetic nervous system and leads to a physiological response that invokes relaxation and receptivity. As a result of entering the parasympathetic nervous system, new neural pathways develop in the brain and contribute to enhancing learning and sustaining behavioural change. On the other hand, there must be a balance between the negative and positive emotional attractors because both are required for growth and self-development. However, a balance between the amount of time used in each state is needed to promote growth, and the context is equally vital for the effectiveness. The positive emotional attractor can often help an individual become receptive to seeking out possibilities and feel excited to change an aspect of their life, influencing how consistent they can be with the new habit or change.
The most significant aspect of change is staying consistent with the new habit or behaviour. Additionally, the majority often struggle with consistency more than any other aspect of changing their behaviour or habits. Hence, the question becomes how an individual might maintain a level of consistent action or behaviour, which is connected to the balance between being in the positive and negative emotional attractor. To sustain a change or develop a more lucrative learning process, it is recommended that individual experiences the positive emotional attractor approximately two to five times more frequently than the negative emotional attractor. As a result of the positive experience, the parasympathetic nervous system is activated, and new neural pathways are easier to develop to sustain behavioural changes.
1. Ideal Self
3. Experience PEA deliberately and more frequently