The Jeopardy of Habituation

“Habituation is an active kind of unawareness”

— Rupert Sheldrake, Biologist

It is always so interesting to talk about habituation the reason being, we are molded with that aroma around us which we call the essence of life. When we talk about a person’s ability, confidence, power, thought process, knowledge, creativity all these factors are indirectly connected to a person’s practice of doing things and thus the appraisal. Though psychology has made several uses in the process that leads to habituation. No one will have a question as to why habituation leads to jeopardy, isn’t it?  But let me tell you due to the habituation principle one has been in the area of anxiety phase where the experience of anxiety involves nervous system arousal.

Have you ever heed the syndrome which refers to the fact that the mechanism of our nervous system arousal decreases with a repeated exposure to the same stimuli. Well in amateur terms it means that things which are done repetitively tend to become more boring with its frequent occurrence. Due to this conventional way of operation the novel solution to a situation, a problem, thinking of creative ways gets blocked up. Thus the ideas are channelized and prisoned in the process of an art form. Where in spite of creating a whole new box, one is just tangled in that existing form of silhouette due to the action of habituation. Also, there is varied behavioral analysis carried out to identify an adaptive shift with the responsive strategy that is associated with habituation.

There’s a well-said phrase which says ‘In order to get rid of fear, one must first embrace it’. It’s very true in this case because if someone is used to with this everyday practice of doing certain things in a certain way then he/she will fear to do things in unusual ways. As we humans have this tendency to avoid all the feared objects or situation due to the accumulation of failures, as it provides with a piece of an evidence that is attested to our weakness.

Now let’s reinforce this concept with ‘food habituation’. The effect of food habituation is in the form of learning which means repeated exposures or actions leads to decreased responses. So when the food is familiar we get used to it that it will be there today and tomorrow (ex: Dal-Roti) there’s no excitement neither do we overeat it. Vinz a visa situation, where there is a high probability of one consuming it more. Hence, exposure and anxiety are those factors which are particularly needed on different levels of the habituation process.

Recapitulating, through habituation is considered to be the core as to how we perceive our environment.  It creates a familiar ground against what we notice is different or new with an existence. The experience of anxiety involves nervous system arousal and if your nervous system is not aroused, you cannot experience anxiety. So it’s advisable to look at situation and problems accordingly rather than picking up everything at once in a defined manner would at the end leads to habituation only. But one should consider it in another way by taking a less traveled way for a novel solution and let’s rid of ‘Habituation’ and Welcome Creativity with a touch of consciousness.

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