Understanding Attractors

September 16, 2010 |  by

Getting an understanding of Attractors can be tricky. This excerpt from Mapping the Mind by Rita Carter may help.

By the time we are adults our mental landscapes are so individual that no two of us will see anything in quite the same way. A couple watching the same film..would probably have entirely different patterns of neural activity because each would be cogitating on different aspects of the [film] and associating what they see with personal thoughts and memories. She might be wondering when the tiresome couple on screen will finally reach their feel-good ending so she can get some dinner; he might be thinking how the heroine’s cute upper lip reminds him of his ex-girlfriend.

Attractors – the neural networks imprinted into our consciousness – are the “personal thoughts and memories.” Attractors are so-named because they attract us to similar experiences. For the man watching the film, an Attractor for his ex-girlfriend draws him to the heroine’s lips.

It’s just a short step to realizing how our Attractors draw us – unconsciously – toward all kinds of actions, behaviors, people and lifestyles.

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