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An Overview Of Widgets And Need To Balance Them.
The brain has a feedback loop that runs over and over in our minds and changes as we experience more of the outside world and of the inner world we live in. The first stage is our perceptions, our senses. The next stage is our emotional reaction to the perceptions. We fear or get curious to what we perceive. We want to run away or approach. You can easily see these reactions in babies or animals. They approach a new object slowly and either jump back or smell some more.
The third stage is to explore the object more, maybe play with it as a cat does a mouse or a baby with toys, and decide what to do next. In humans this can be a methodical or habitual, religious, philosophical, or scientific analysis of the object or situation and our ability to handle it. The final stage is to do something, to use our tools and resources or to gain more skills and habits to deal with it. The older we or the animals get usually the better equipped they are to deal with it.
With each turn of the feedback loop we change, for the better or worse, each stage. We may begin to look for certain pleasant things, habitually change our emotional reactions, change our thinking about it, and improve our actions. This process improves or our freewill. If we perceive less, react badly emotionally, think unrealistically, and act dysfunctional
I use animals to depict each stage of this Upper Nature process and call them Widgets. Ant and Bee see details and patterns, Macho scary cat and the loving dog Cuddles are emotions, wise blue bird Geru, and Patient Turtle works with Energetic Rabbit for functional behaviors. When there is imminent danger our brain falls into our primitive survival mode, I call it our Lower Nature. The four steps change in function. The first step is deceptive Spiedie, the second selfish Raccoon, the third is blaming Crow, and the fourth aggressive Coyote. They help us to lie, cheat, blame, and fight for survival.
A model functioning person’s widgets are all about the same size, but the Upper Nature ones are a bit bigger than the Lower Natures without danger. We can say they are balanced. There are no really big widgets interfering with the function of the others. But in the real world all widgets are of varying sizes depending on Genetics, experiences, beliefs, and habits and skills. If the widgets are unbalanced. One person may see a lot, feel little or too much, think negatively, and be aggressive. If the widgets are unable to cooperate in a functional way they need to be balanced.
Lets add to the above eleven widgets two more. Mr/Ms Do will be our consciousness. I shaped Mr/Ms Do body parts according how much we use them. This makes our mouths, hands, and feet really big but our limbs small. Mr/Ms Do coordinates the Upper Nature widgets and so is usually bigger than them in a well-balanced person. Dragon runs the Lower Nature and should be a bit smaller than Mr/Ms Do. We can call him an alter ego.
I have pictured the body as a blue mannequin named Myself. All the widgets dwell in the head but will walk around for cartoon purposes to help explain the journey. The journey is the struggles Myself has with balancing his widgets while going through life coordinating with or confronting other’s widgets. Other’s widgets can be individuals or groups (group widgets).