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'CONSCIOUSLY PAUSE ' is an ongoing practice that initiates the discovery and then the practical applications of skills and tools
for solutions to overcoming Addictive Thinking and Impulsive Behaviors from the causation of External Primary Environmental influences * and Internal Trigger Stimuli.* These Addictive* thoughts are results by the ingrained neural pathways of the CNS. They are basically singular in their devoted and protected process of the immediate desired goal resulting in the auto-responsive, non-conscious or impulsive, reactive behavior. We identify this condition as Latent (hidden) Impulsive (auto-responsive behavior) Thinking (the trigger thought) (Syndrome, multiple symptoms), or (LITS). * All of us operate regularly, in some capacity, with an in-normal- range of this type of maneuvering through our lives, known as unconscious or habitual.
Picking at our cuticles or the daily route people take to work are just basic examples of events we perform without necessarily paying attention to the present situation. As a test example of this experience, before leaving your home, try to take a different route to work or school. It's not as easy as one may think. It takes serious effort in a continual conscious focus to do something different on just one occasion than our normal habitual routine.
This is due to how progressively ingrained the activity is burned into our neural pathways (Central Nervous System). Quite simply, our nervous system uses cells called neurons to take in messages (known as dendrites) and sends out messages (axons) via an electrochemical process. Through evolutionary biology, humans have acquired multiple involuntary responses for protection such as a jump at a loud noise, grabbing or covering an injured limb, or crying in fear as a small child. We also learned to alter these behaviors. Hearing the same noise repeatedly dulls our sensors. We are taught to "play through the pain" and are told to stop crying because we are no longer "babies". What has happened is that we have literally changed the destination of the electrochemical message, resulting in a different response and breaking a habit as it were. Initially, this has to be done consciously and then over time and repetition it becomes a second, 'second nature'. We are like a path in the woods with repeated use that becomes wider and smoother. We literally are burning paths with electrochemical messaging. The same happens with our repetitive responses. At some point, that wooded path we blazed becomes the only physically logical option across the woods. We create the exact same scenario in our bodies Central Nervous System. Pretty tame with actions as the route to work or picking one's cuticles. What happens though when this triggered, learned, auto- responsive, habitual behavior, is an activity our brain is primarily devoted to maintain and achieve such as food, money, the significant other people, violence, crime, or drugs?
People with Latent Impulsive Thinking (Syndrome), are singularly automatic in their thought that goes to an already learned impulsive or auto- responsive behavior based on various internal and external triggers. Same trigger, same thought, same behavior. The progressively ingrained severity of the automatic thought of a desired resulting goal and impulsive reaction eventually leaves no ability to have behavioral choices and will increase in frequency and harm. Once that happens, like crossing over an invisible line, there is no return until the brain chemistry is subsided, and new pathways are developed. It is the primary and eventually only option the brain knows, thus the only response signaled to the primary or overwhelming reaction or behavior. Think of leg bouncing, nail-biting, or other 'bad habits'. Nail- biting per example is an impulsive behavior done unconsciously to help subside the trigger of causation such as anxiousness. Simultaneously, the brain protects the nail-biting, even when it knows it is inappropriate, due to the nail-biting being ingrained from repetition and known to (at one time at least), have an effective result subsiding the anxiousness, regardless of the harm. The brain is devoted to the protection and to maintain the nail-biting. Even to a point of denial and justification to repeat the nail-biting. A person is not aware of the action, then is aware, knows to stop, doesn't, then unaware, and the cycle is a continuum. That existing pathway of the thought to the behavior is automatic, singular, repetitive, ingrained, destructive, and well learned.
NOTE: Nail biting is not a disorder. It is an understandable and conceptual example. To be a disorder there must be measured harm in all the categories of our Acquired Living Potential. (ALP, Enclosed.) Nail-biting may cause an infection or some embarrassment,it does not cause financial problems,it is not illegal. We are unaware of any person losing their significant other, friends or family because they bit their nails, etc.
The vast majority of us have heard that little voice of reasoning inside our head (our conscience), And have tossed it aside at times. We have most likely, (predominately when we are younger), realized after the fact, we weren't really thinking of consequence or appropriateness. We were ashamed after the fact, or lucky to be alive. We acted impulsively. We ceased that experimental behavior. (Behaviors are categorized as Abstinence, Experimental, Casual, Habitual, Abusive, Disordered.) Or, if a desirable result was achieved by the impulsivity, we may continue and do it again. Repetition and over time, that impulsive behavior becomes primary, ingrained, reactive and consistent whenever triggered. Literally a burnt electrochemical pathway from repeated use. As a path in the woods. Neurological Scientists cannot yet remove that pathway. It is permanently stored in the Central Nervous system. If the behavior is ceased, like the old path in the woods it may become grown over, and a new path replaces it, though it still exists. 'Consciously Pause' The Approach to an Alternative, by its intent, creates Identifiable Choices of Action.* This is the exact opposite of a singular impulsive reaction. A person with severe impulse control issues can now have, by design, the opportunity in a safe and realistic environment to change. And as with the consistent and continual practice of any activity, everyone can observe real changes, in real time. By practice, listening to the little voice of reasoning inside our heads (our conscience) will become the overpowering bigger voice.
* Please see redefining for detailed explanations of terms.