Logical Mind (EGO) – Left Brain view of the world = Enjoyment vs Sad
As we evolved and developed thinking speech, logic, reasoning and planning, we started to become more separate from the animal kingdom. We learnt that, if we were under threat, we could defeat larger opponents with the use of plans, strategies and eventually weapons.
E.G. Defeating a Sabre-Toothed tiger with a spear. As the logical mind gathered momentum it proved to itself that the more innovative it became, the more powerful and safe it could become.
What started off by a need to survive eventually was mistranslated by the Logical Mind as a need to Dominate and Control.
Survival = The need to dominate and control everything else on the Planet.
Initially, this was focused on the Animal Kingdom but once that domination was established Human beings wanted more. The next logical step was to turn this survival need (now interpreted as domination) on ourselves. Initially, small communities became tribes and each tribe wanted to survive better than another so, rather than share, they began to dominate each other. Once the War (Fear and Anger) was over peace could be restored.
Unfortunately, the Logical Mind interprets Peace as Enjoyment. However, that definition of happiness is not the same as peace because it is a construct of the Logical Mind or Ego. Consequently, our logical mind always sees itself as potentially under threat. It perceives that Happiness can be taken away at any moment so we can never get to 100% Happy. Because Fear and Anger feelings are not necessarily logical, the Logical Mind has re-categorised them as Sadness. The rationale being that if we are not happy then we must be sad. This is why the label of depression is very difficult for most of us to understand. It is also why my SAFE model is so effective when explained to people.
So the Logical Mind defines our feelings that are NOT logical as:
SADNESS OR ENJOYMENT
As the SAFE model shows, the Logical mind works very well when it perceives that we are 70% – 90% happy and our stress (perceived threat) levels are only 30% – 10% of what we feel. Unfortunately, when we experience stress and this equation inverts, the logical mind then goes into Catastrophe Mode and causes negative changes to our behaviour.
Sadness and Enjoyment are ONLY constructs of the Logical Mind.
SAD Mood (SAFE Questionnaire Score less than 4)
Sad mood feelings/emotions (the logical mind translates into believable thoughts)
Anxious, betrayed, hurt, inadequate, grief, sorrowful, joyless, depressed, cheerless, impending-disaster/doom, negative, frustrated, miserable, mournful, loneliness, isolation, irritable, rejection, crestfallen, despondent, gloomy, dreary, heavyhearted, low spirited, tearful, tragic, woeful, dejected, hopelessness, out of control, abandonment, rejected, traumatised, unfairness, lack of confidence/self-esteem, desperate, unable to feel peaceful and ultimately suicidal.
(BASICALLY, ANY NEGATIVE THOUGHT YOU MAY HAVE)