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The Caveman Rules of Survival: How to Overcome Subconscious Instincts That Don’t Work in the Modern Day

Monday, October 24, 2016 13:15
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October 25th, 2016

By Dawn Walton

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Our subconscious is in charge at least 90% of the time. It keeps our bodies working: our hearts pump without us having to think “beat, beat, beat, beat”, we can walk without thinking about moving our muscles, and when a virus attacks our system, our subconscious fights the virus automatically. It does lots of things to keep you safe and well internally, but it’s also looking after youexternally; it is looking out for things, and patterns, that are going to cause you harm that are outside your body and kicks off a protective response when it “thinks” something is going to hurt you.


The problem is: we are working on outdated survival instincts that come from the caveman days. When they trigger, we reach an alert point at which the brain says “quick, take evasive action, something is going to kill you!!!”… and the first thing it does is switch the conscious brain off. Conscious thinking is simply too slow for a genuine survival situation, so the subconscious takes over and we lose control; we lose our Self until the threat has passed – then beat ourselves up for losing control to the primitive protective instinct of the subconscious.

Our brains need a software upgrade — and it starts with understanding the Caveman Rules of Survival and why they no longer work in the modern day.


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