The human body is a pretty impressive system.
We are capable of living in some very harsh environments.
This was BEFORE we invented anything like hot water, electricity, or plumbing.
One of our body’s functions is to regulate our body temperature.
When we get cold, we shiver, which generates more heat.
When we are hot, we perspire, the breeze hits our sweat, and we cool off.
A natural thermostat.
Our energy needs are similarly self-regulating.
When we are low on “fuel” we get “hungry.”
This compels us to find something to eat.
When we finish eating, we get sleepy.
This is not only the safest time to sleep (it will be a while before we need to look for food again), but it gives us more energy to digest the food.
One of our under-appreciated systems that regulates our social behaviors is the ego.
It’s very similar to our hunger (which keeps us with enough energy) and our temperature regulation system.
But much like our hunger, it has no idea what to do with modern society.
Our hunger, obviously, is going CRAZY in our modern world.
It’s like those crazy WWII soldiers who lived in the jungle for decades, thinking the war was still going on.
Our hunger instinct STILL THINKS that food is scarce.
So it makes us eat way more than we need to.
Our ego, the collection of social instincts, is the same.
It is getting misfired all the time.
But unlike our hunger, our ego KNOWS the difference between healthy ego food and fake ego food.
The unique problem with our is unlike hunger, it’s nearly impossible to know when it’s “feeding.”
But the good news is that once you learn to recognize when you’re feeding your ego “junk food” it’s very easy to switch.
Because the ego (unlike our hunger) HATES junk food.
So when you take the time to re-train it, life will be MUCH easier.
No more rejection, no more social anxiety, no more social worries.