Thesh wrote:I agree that you can choose to condition yourself to like something, but if you are eating something that tastes horrible to you, you can't choose for it to instantly change to tasting good (unless you have greater control over your brain than I, and I assume most people, do).
And I think the truth may surprise you. Take for instance, why do some people like, say, mushrooms over candy? Or Olives is a good example. The old saying "acquired taste." A similar example is why people have tastes in other people's personalities? At one point, I couldn't stand a type of person, but as I grew older, my tastes change. The same for yucky food. As a elder-teen, I HATED mushrooms and olives. Now at 27, I love them. Not just for the taste, but the the health benefits. I chose, at some point, to consciously, change my tastes.
I was about to say your driving example is another good point. Yes, the laws/rules of the roads are a big part social. But what about the mechanics? Surely, not one every turns the steering wheel the EXACT same way. Surely, not everyone merges lanes at the same time; thats why we have merging lanes on highways. To give time/leeway/fairness. Cars, them selves, act mechanically the same everytime... but their pilots aren't all the same. We're all bound by the same rules, definitely, but how we drive isn't. Nor is our perceptions of the experience. Take for example the abnormal psychology of Dissociation. Everyone experiences it to a degree at some point; highway hypnosis is the popular phrase. You aren't 100%, completely aware, at all times, able to recall in perfect detail, every single thing you see. Every tree in detail as you pass. Every car that either made you angry, or gave you a joy reaction. And so on.
Your suggestion has a particular merit to it; the way I am not sure if you're suggesting it. But animals; particular animals form defenses from predators. Some of those defenses are taste or smell, or otherwise, biologically or otherwise, harmful. Unless someone is poisonousness, or otherwise will cost us our health, immediate taste is irrelevant in a way. There are odorless, tasteless dangerous substances, for example. You can consciously change a taste as long as it isn't dangerous.
Why do you think people form anxieties/neurosis about particular things? I had a taste aversion to the mushroom example above. When I was young, I tasted a mushroom and tossed chunks 5 minutes later because the taste. It took me years, and lots of griping from my family to change my mind. And then I did. And it was glorious. But it was an anxiety response. Which is changeable.
Yes I agree, most things aren't instantaneous. But there are things which are. Anxiety/stress is an example of the same thing. A individual with clear pathological anxiety, or stress response, will always (until changed) act in a certain, simple or complex, way. Dissociation in it's extreme is the splitting of consciousness into compartmentalized "safe" zones, for example. But the split of consciousness is clear and immediate.