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Running Man Self Regulation and Self Improvement Project Podcast

Armando Dominguez PhD Health Psychology, Educator, Martial Artist, Researcher

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A discussion of what happens to me under stress, anxiety and pain and how our ability to think, choose and act under stress of a modern life with a paleo-caveperson wiring and survival programming. Do you want to understand why you do things that you do that are socially inappropriate or negative when we are under stress? Why do I find it difficult to make good decisions under stress? Why is it that I can see what I want to say but I cannot articulate what I want to say in a tense or stressf ...
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During any skills that we learn there is a neurocognitive component involved. As much as we have a thought process involved in the process of learning, a subjective component, we have a tangible neurological component that becomes active during the development of skills both cognitive and motor learning in physical skills applied in our objective w…
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When under stress we often can quickly come to conclusions and develop beliefs without evidence beyond strong emotions that support the development of opinion. At times we assume beliefs and this is in line with our human tendency to be efficient and to save energy from unnecessary in-depth thinking which from a paleolithic lens makes sense. Conser…
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When groups of people congregate we size each other up, develop a pecking order and determine the value of what each individual brings to the group or to the individual in charge of or leading a group. The value of self is important in self regulation as this can insulate the potential influence of a person or group of persons that may be trying to…
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The elements of factual communication and rapport building are enhanced by using the factual method of gathering information by asking; what, where, when, who and how before asking why. Using the five factual elemental approach helps one avoid the traps of opinion and emotional load and discourages defensiveness and the need to justify which become…
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Extreme emotions like regular level emotions are transient states, not long enduring traits. The shaping of beliefs and expectations however would make emotions feel like a an enduring trait over time. This is where in a negative sense, patterned behaviors may occur more often in an individual and therefore more predictable and supportive of the ad…
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Frequently in a busy life we overlook the factors that shape not only what we believe as fact or true but how intensely we may believe what we are shown or see. Often what we see hinges on what we hear and are told by our peers, family and authorities in our lives. The prevailing social tone in a conversation or group atmosphere or the prevailing s…
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Time is an important component of regulating and controlling emotions in life situations. We have a short window of time to work with but, if we can resist the temptation of acting on our emotion immediately, we open a whole new world of opportunity to choose and act in a way that does not lead to calamity, discontent or worse. Walk well.…
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When under stress our ability to rationalize and reason is compromised due to the environmental priorities that require we be stronger and faster than smarter or more socially acceptable. When we are in a rapid and fast changing environment our perception becomes our primary information receiver and can also influence how we interpret information i…
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When we get to the ends of our endurance and the limits of our capacity in the physical sense, we impact our ability to reason and rationalize and possibly put ourselves in a belief state where we, our EGO will somehow continue. The limits of our will resides in our blood flow carrying glucose to fuel the process of thought and oxygen to enliven ou…
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The process of becoming who we must become is an adage of Abraham Maslow's in his approach to developmental psychology and in his hierarchy of needs he tipped a researcher's hat to the reality of our biological needs in pursuit of self realization. We must recognize the transience of not only our activities, and jobs in pursuit of goals but also re…
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When seeking to gain skills or achieving goals both personal and professional, how we orient and relate to the goal plays a powerful role in moving towards the desired goal or not starting the journey at all. How our mind sees our self in relation to the goals and their realization and acquisition also determines the quality of the journey and how …
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The Power of our self image, no matter how subjective can drive lasting change. The idea of ourselves relates powerfully to what I envision as my goals for self whether it be gaining physical skills, or professional successes. How we "talk" to ourselves can sabotage what we are trying to achieve. If you dwell on the speedbumps and ask "how can I be…
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Aphantasia is known to occur in a small percentage of people and essentially means that they cannot visualize things in their mind's eye. This may have been an adaptive response to occluded, occulted and limited light conditions as the other perceptions are engaged more fully and the brain scans show even executive engagement when attempting visual…
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Intrusive thoughts can be intense and uncomfortable. But, they don't have to derail your life or make you feel guilty or ashamed for having them. In a human life they occur and one does not have to punish oneself because you had one or several. It is our way of human thinking that is apt to use expedients to quickly address and categorize all thoug…
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When one becomes a parent the reality of what is involved in caring for a newborn is vast, daunting and overwhelming to a new parent, both male and female. New moms and dads are encouraged and supported for the outside care and parenting behaviors but, the dark and painful feelings of inadequacy, the outward act of being able to handle parenting ea…
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Change is the common focus in our lives. Often on social media and in our day to day communication we discuss and complain of how things change and we hearken to how things used to be and how things will never be the same again. We in our fleeting perspective of miss the constants in pursuit of those things that change. Constants are the things we …
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The principle of change as a constant in life as it is recognized in mathematics is a wise and strategic application of principle that helps to limit the impact that dynamic social change has on us as individuals. The application of the principles of "Endless Variation Never Surprised" and "Constants never surprise" give us a guiding perspective on…
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Alignment with Power is aligning with a principle of power and such as love, compassion, and altruistic acceptance of others and in service and benefit to others in a larger sense like Ghandi, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King and numerous historical beings that have also walked our Earth in service. By their alignment they created change and infl…
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Self knowledge is invariably one of the most useful skills when dealing with and managing physical stress and perilous environment. The skills that support self knowledge is knowledge of "enemy", opponent, challenge or physical environment. Foreknowledge of the intra-personal and the interpersonal on the individual level is key to greater more reli…
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How often do we feel like our life has direction or lacks direction? The realization is that we are moving either way toward a perceived and conceived goal or end. A journey, a quest undertaken with the end in mind, even if don't have the skillset or the the map. Our ego is build and solidified by what we gather in our experience and aspects of ide…
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When we see patterns where there aren't any. Where belief is swayed by social pressure, we have the potential to develop, conjunction fallacy. Believing things to be based on false information and at times social group pressure. Hindsight is always 20/20. But, what happens when we have feelings that things were correct? This is an example of an adv…
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When we were hunting in our primitive times there was no guarantee of success and payoff from finding and or successfully hunting food. The times that we succeeded, there was a reward pathway, Dopamine response signaling pleasure and ensuring motivation to repeat that behavior again. That is a powerful experience. In today's modern day, we have fou…
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When we remember we are recalling a segment of our past in our life's timeline. Have you ever thought a certain way when you are stressed that you interpreted things negatively? Well, then you are human. What is changeable is our reactivity by training physical resilience and recognizing our proclivity to seek negatives to protect our future outcom…
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When we recall we run the risk of reactivity to the nature of the memory. Is it euphoric and pleasant? Is is dysphoric and painful? These are the elements that often determine how close we hold our idea of self or ego in regards to the recollection. When we hold beliefs that have been assumed or accepted often there is a social component where we g…
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The Late Psychologist and author Dr. Glen J. Morris wrote that "We follow our own Placebos". This is a daily walk in that much of what we do and how we do it is based on the beliefs we hold that often are founded in inaccuracy, misinterpretation and failure (on our part) to correct an in complete concept. Shakespeare's idea that all the world is a …
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The art of peace is a an encouragement to seek harmony in day to day things and to seek to apply the principle of "Ai" union and Wa, harmony in conflict. The highest expression of the art of war is to use influence and to never have to draw your sword. The way of understanding creates an opportunity to understand and to neutralize conflict by empat…
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There are several theories on fear and also the behaviors that arise from the stimulus that causes us and animals to shirk from danger and protect ourselves. At times we add narrative to make sense of understanding and may created ethics, guidelines and morals and more's that limit the negative effects of what fear would otherwise bring to bear in …
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Walking with the shadow self is a daily event that occurs when we meet obstacles and challenge in what we call our lives. The shadow self may be in the dark but not because it is bad or evil. Often it is mistakenly shunned and relegated to our more primitive more base ideas of what our shadow is. It is from where our feelings, emotions and passions…
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The cephalic phase of hunger extends to acquisition, seeking and hunting. By the visual recall alone will the body drive, seek and hunt to satiate a primal need to survive and to get survival level payoff/reward. By the same token it is the preceding spark that creates an anticipatory "high before the high" that if left unsatisfied can result in fe…
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Making the beautiful dangerous and making the dangerous beautiful is a principle that helps us understand how nature speaks to us of danger and risk but also about learning life giving and life preserving skills to a high level where they appear as art and indicate time-borne and repetition based skills. Feeling weak, or lacing in self control or l…
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Mirror neurons are closely related to motivation of motor neurons during observational, vicarious learning. We learn social more's and folkways by observing as much as by verbal communication. Much of what we learn that is survival level social value we learn by observing body language and facial expressions as much as by direct instruction. When w…
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The unknown is considered a product of a thinking process. Ask a person with anxiety, traumatic stress reactivity and PTSD and their description and definition of the unknown is different and much more real. There is a conceptual idea of the "unknown" and the real, felt experiential perceived aspect of unknown that is perceptual. The conscious know…
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Conflict is a common event in social interactions that at times can lead to physical aggression and violence at the extreme. The five strategies stem from a martial methodology that was developed to shape the mindset for the highest good in mutual conflict. When one recognizes where conflict occurs, the 5 approaches can assist in neutralizing and p…
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Suggestion is a powerful mode of creating influence, personal power and transformation within an individual. The fake it till you make it adage pales in comparison to what a well-placed suggestion can do in the mind and life of the suggestable person. To be suggestible does not mean lacking intelligence and gullible. We are suggestible not only to …
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Getting started in building self regulation skills can be hard. But, living with anger, anxiety, fear, reactivity and general discomfort knowing that these states will be recurrent and can make you feel bad by just thinking of it. It is best to get started, one skill at a time. Gain skill, then add a skill when you get comfortable with the prior sk…
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The role of Influence, is often called power in social situations and at work is considered authority in work situations. The three terms are often interchangeable in language but have far reaching impact in social interactions from discussion and convincing to destructive and violent displays that may start off as posturing or bravado. Confidence,…
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Observation and being able to wait and suspend judgement are important skills to gain in self regulation whether it be a wooded outdoor environment or a more socialized interaction with people. Both require that we accurately interpret what we hear in our environment. These skills help us to become more skillful reckoners in interactions where we i…
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This episode discusses the use of communication tools to prevent bad communication in domestic setting that far too often fall into arguing, yelling and intimidating tones and body language and even to the extremes of destructiveness and violence. The use of the tools of "getting down on their level" is not just a simplifying the message, it is a c…
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We often get stuck in social situations where our self image is at risk for compromise and we may believe that is potentially damaging and is a tangible terrible thing. When we realize that we are playing a socialized game of in-group and out-group dynamics that we feel trapped and unable to escape the socialized hamster wheel. Often we worry about…
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Visual perception is a large percentage of our day to day and moment to moment perceptual experience but is also prone to error under stress and high speed presentation of visual stimulus. The Uncanny valley was coined in 1970 as a response to the forward thinking of Japanese robotist Masaharu Mori when he hypothesized our response to increasingly …
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Categorical thinking is useful too when all assumptions of safety are met and we need to organize our world and the details of a task or job. When under stress or duress our best reasoning moves toward categorical thinking as an expedient to avoid wasting time and energy, especially during a situation with escalating stress. Often we become more ap…
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We identify with things in our world and Ego is the sensitive part of who we are when we interact with others and when we identify how I see and how I value myself. Ego is an idea and not the actual self, it is mentally constructed idea of my self image, the mask and person that wears the "Mask of the Polis" when socialize. Determining my actual "S…
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This episode focuses on how we think of time when we are under stress and the feeling of time dilation when things or situations are bad or painful. The negative last forever and the fun times fly by in the blink of an eye. Also discussed is the state flow and the discomfort of the feeling of time dragging when things don't feel good and how to nav…
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Gist processing is discussed and identified as a perceptual driver in social and survival settings. The OODA loop is addressed relative to stress and speed of stimulus presentation and how it impacts our fight flight response. Also discussed is gross motor dominance and fine motor skill degradation with escalation of environmental and bodily stress…
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The topic of discussion is fear and how we conceive of fear in our mind and how our opinion of events often is exaggerated in our minds even before an event occurs. This fear exaggeration is often informed by our physical state, and our feelings that arise from what we determine as threat or fear worthy. This discussion uses the Bene' Gesserit Lita…
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Emotional Blindness is what happens to us when we as humans under the sudden stress of argument, confrontation, fear, or sudden onset shock or pain experience when trying to communicate under actual perceived and at times even conceived threat of danger (even without evidence) that causes physiological impact to our social interactions that require…
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I discuss the reason for the name and the picture of the running man model as an archetype and teaching metaphor of human stress from day to day to extremes of stress. I also cover the embodied response to stress and how the body lead the response or reaction to the internal and the external environment that drives the belief and hence the reaction…
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This episode I discuss the importance of self awareness of your pulse under varying types of stress in your everyday life. I also teach the method of managing onset anxiety and stress by "matching the movement to the heart rate. I discuss the importance of heart rate variability in stress management versus a high stress response to all varying stre…
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This episode we discuss metaphor in it's helpful and harmful forms and how strong beliefs are developed at the visual level of brain and how we use metaphor to make more colorful language for social situations and increasing influence. But, in some cases the metaphor that says "things are like this or that things are that" can often, if delivered w…
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In this episode we discuss the perceptual shift necessary to look through the socialized mask and behaviors that occur on a day-to-day social interactive level and how to prevent emotional high-jack that occurs due to the social suggestion and expected environmental cues and responses that get us entangled in unnecessary conflict, stress and anxiet…
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