Thursday, June 18, 2009
math, math, math
this article is interesting - it's mostly about how to stop yourself from staring at disfigured people. honestly, it may be common, but it's not something i've ever had a problem with. i think i'm pretty skilled at not staring at disfigured people, actually. but one of the methods they mention is mentally doing "a simple math problem" to re-engage the higher-thinking cortex (instead of the emotional, hormone-releasing part of the brain, the amygdala). and that's a technique i use all the time to keep from crying in public! i summon up my cortex by doing simple division, usually, like dividing by fives or threes. fives and threes work the best for me, for some reason. they're so businesslike. i find odd numbers less emotional than even numbers. okay, i'll stop now, before you begin to think i am a bit of an autistic savant and can't stop staring at me the next time we run into each other.