of being way too serious way too much of my day. I started out this morning reading the New York Times and all of the crazy political news. David Duke is back, really? Then I landed on this piece about “cognitive closure” and it really struck me. I was so interested in this concept that I read it to my highly disinterested 16-year-old daughter, Lucy. My husband, Jeff kind of listened to me, but he really just wanted to work on the 1970s song “My Maria” and play his guitar while our cat, Karen watched him adoringly. Clearly, I need to lighten up. Goofing off more lessens the anxiety of those around us too. Our cat was trying to show me what to pay attention to this morning. Oh the wisdom of Karen.
I think culturally, we just gotta lighten right now.
This political season is making us nuts.
AND YET…I still couldn’t quite help myself. “Dr. Kruglanski is best known for his theory of “cognitive closure,” a term he coined in 1989 to describe how we make decisions. “Closure” is the moment that you make a decision or form a judgment. You literally close your mind to new information.” By
Changing habits is hard, fun is coming—I promise. Conceptually “cognitive closure” is something to consider, especially when you feel unable to see the options available to you and a choice needs to be made. The middle path always allows us to see a lot more options. But, it’s much harder to do. Our brain wants to shut down our options. It’s way easier than considering new information. I told you I’m guilty of being way too serious. Good Golly, Lisa enough about cognitive closure (no matter how interesting of a psychological concept this is)…it’s time for fun.
So, after I read this piece I searched for FUN and landed on a country music video about HANGING OUT. Here’s my gift to you today. Thank you LITTLE BIG TOWN. You guys clearly know how to lighten up.
Back this hitch up into the water
Untie all the cables and rope
Step onto the AstroTurf
Get yourself a coozie
Enjoy this video, I hope your day is filled with lots of laughs and goofiness.
Watching this video reminded me that we used to hit golf balls off the front of our boat when I was in college. Oh, we really knew how to play then.
Do you have any video of that? I’d care to find out
I’m curious about what part of the post you would like to see more details about? I really appreciate that you took the time to read my post. I know for me that because I seek new information constantly the reverse of cognitive closure is intellectually exhausting as well. I leave a lot of things “open ended”…an endless loop. What I tried to convey in this post is that I believe that “play” actually helps me to see more options in my life. I feel less strident about my positions and I’m then able to see a lot more options . I use the imagery of an open hand with my fingers apart to remind me that I can let some things go or sift through ideas and thoughts. I don’t have to hold onto my positions with a clenched fist. I can hold things much lighter. The world doesn’t fall apart. My stress is reduced and so is the stress of those around me. Does that help?