What is Thinking?
Is thought or thinking strictly a response to our immediate environment or a situation triggered not only by visible or tangible factors, but also intangible ones?
Put Simply; What Makes Us Think, What We Think, When We Think?
‘Thinking’ consciously is often triggered as a response to the environment, the task at hand or situation you are in and can be thought of as the processing of a huge ‘Snowball’ of collected or rather absorbed data. This data arranges itself in an orderly manner which then surfaces the forefront of our consciousness over a period of time, or on demand.
A ‘thought’ itself is intangible and unique for every individual, although it may manifest in common or habitual actions, or other physical formats.
There are different types or layers of thinking.
Some thinking can be commonly recognised as an internal conversation that takes place within your ‘mind’. Whilst there is also that quick instinctual type of thinking that takes place in a split second during those crucial, life-saving moments.
Besides these there is also the thinking that is influenced by dreams, beliefs or ideology and even mood…
What is Mood?
Mood acts as a label for denoting our different emotions. Mood is a ‘state-of-mind’ that is perhaps more important than we all realise – but no! – I think we do realise.
However we cannot always control the things around us that affect our mood and therefore our emotions. Hence the reason why we sometimes lose control of our thinking. You will often hear people describing moments like this with sentences such as;
“…and I lost my mind” or,
“ …and I just went crazy”.
If ‘Mood’ Swings, ‘Thoughts’ Dance.
We can switch from one mood to another more or less instantaneously. Which can often appear irrational and seems to be at its most evident when an individual is intoxicated or ‘hyped-up’ in some way. This may even happen due the chemical changes that occur during pregnancy.
We can clearly say that our thoughts and mood work hand-in-hand. Whilst our mood is a‘state-of-mind’ that can be evoked by our interpretation of whatever we are thinking.
Mood is indeed a ‘state-of-mind’ which can be felt in isolation or amongst many people at the same time and can be evoked through props such as ‘setting’ , ‘color’ or even the ‘tone’ of a message or story.
So for example, a person in a good mood after receiving an award, may have favorable thoughts for the future. Whilst another person having just received a ‘life sentence’ for a crime they didn’t commit, will have less favourable thoughts for their future, and therefore will be in a bad mood.
That’s an obvious example, however it demonstrates clearly what the expected moods of each of the two people described in the example will be.
So, what makes us think, what we think, when we think?
From the above we can conclude that we are constantly in the process of thinking. However, only conscious of our thinking when a thought is required for immediate or upcoming action . And depending on the current mood will determine the first and most immediate response to any given situation. However, an initial mood, or thought, may not necessarily determine the final and definitive action taken in a given situation.
Food for Thought…
Is state-of-mind the Determining Factor of Ours Actions? The simple answer to that must be a resounding YES. Especially as we are aware that our sometimes uncontrollable mood will have us do both extraordinarily positive things as well as negative things. Our actions are ultimately the most important factor concerning our thoughts – our thoughts produce action. And without ‘thought’ our actions would appear to have an unintentional purpose.
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The following are two recommended books on the subject of ‘thinking’ you may find interesting:
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