God Doesn’t Hate You

You might be stuck in your progress toward success because of an idea from evolutionary psychology called Hyperactive Agent Detection.

In an earlier post, we discussed the Smoke Detector Principle. It essentially says that humans are negatively biased. In the past, ignoring threats was expensive. Ignoring could lead to being eaten by a predator. But ignoring opportunities was cheap, because it usually didn’t involve avoiding death. So avoiding risk was smart. Finding a new source of berries is not as important as not being eaten by a bear. This Smoke Detector Error is a source of anxiety for many people. Because for some reason, our brains trick us: we think that public speaking or talking to cops is the same thing as being attacked by a bear.

hammer (2)A similar problem is called the Hyperactive Agent Detection Device. Ancient humans needed to assign causes to events. If you can’t find your stone hammer, you must quickly learn why. So you look for signs and develop a theory. “Did an enemy take it? Or did a lion eat it?” Knowing if an an enemy or a lion is nearby could save your life. The theory alerts you to danger. Better to quickly decide who is the culprit.

Mistaking the source of the event could be fatal. So, our ancestors thought, assuming the event was caused by someone was the safe thought pattern. Sometimes hammers are simply lost, but why take a chance? So we assume someone has caused the event.

If misfortune occurs, “it must be God.” Maybe it was. But would God—or the universe, or fate—spend his whole day doing nothing but pick on you? That thinking really is a form of narcissism. You’re not that important.

Sometimes YOU make a mistake. Sometimes another person makes a mistake without evil intentions. Sometimes bad luck happens.

So just roll with it. Breathe deeply, and relax your Agent Detection Device.

::: Be fierce.  Be kind.  Be knowledge-hungry. :::

Published by Brock Stout, PhD

Brock has helped many people to be extremely successful. He has lived in various countries and has enjoyed several careers, but is now a writer and a career coach. He sustained mild lead poisoning as a child, resulting in neurological damage. The result was a life of learning disabilities, always struggling to keep up. But he completed two degrees from competitive universities, then advised Wall Street executives in Asia for 15 years. He later earned a PhD and worked as a university professor for six years. He has started three profitable companies in between. So he particularly wants to help those with special learning challenges. Because so many of us now have these special challenges, they are no longer special. But they are challenges. He wants you to TEACH YOURSELF how to be successful.

2 thoughts on “God Doesn’t Hate You

  1. God has our lives written down.So whatever
    happenes good or bad ,he knows and he has a reason for everthing that takes place in our lives.Rember life is all about lessons for creating the good or bad out of us


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