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"Off & On" Brain Thinking Anatomy

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As a boy I enjoyed playing with a Spinning Top (or dreidel) because when I knocked it off balance it would gradually return to its upright position. As part of a "chain-link" type thinking process, years later, when beginning to mentor struggling Black boys, I associated this same scenario to what happened to them after we had had teaching sessions indicating they had insights into self-improvement concepts. Once they returned to their environment, which filled their lives with struggles, they seemed to forget everything they had learned at the last meeting. I suspected this to be an example of "Off & On" Thinking (OOT)--thinking well in meetings; not doing rational thinking when in their environments (but rather Omnibus Brain thinking). Since then I have observed certain psychically abused people living life like a spinning top. Their abuse has caused them to turn off their thinking every chance they get and that leads them to do strange and self-defeating things. When people with an information block suddenly do something completely different from what they routinely do, this suggests the diagnosis of OOT. Such is seen in one trying to unlock the door next to where one lives in an apartment building and without having any explanation as to why. In fact, one is surprised by what one did. When OOT are knocked off balance by finding a need to really think about things, this "on" thinking period does not last long and they will rather quickly return to their original “security” mindset of not thinking. Such can be done for prolonged periods because they can coast along in the flow of their friends and thereby not be out to achieve any particular worthwhile purpose in life.

In speculating, what then happens is the mind acts impulsively--wandering at random and going no place in particular--as if the brain is idling between meaningful activity. Yet, in this idling state, as in daydreaming, there is a far-flung network of brain cells significantly "firing" throughout and in unison--what neuroscientists call the "Default Mode Network" (DMN). Still, the mind wandering tends to stay inside the confines of ones self-absorbed concerns, as in recalling ones past hurts. Just as sleep appears to play an important role in learning, memory consolidation, and maintaining the body's metabolic functions, the DMN seems important in causing "Escapes" from Reality. They turn "Off" focused thinking; bury their Spiritual/emotional pains; and remain unprepared to handle difficult thinking tasks. These, as habits, have adverse consequences. One is "Impulsive" actions--sudden driving forces having an unreasoning determination to perform some act without forethought by following any whim of thought that presents itself at the moment. Second, as a result of becoming overactive, it could cause depression (e.g. by chronic anger affecting ones motivation and reward-seeking behavior "centers"). Third, it could interfere with focused attention on demanding tasks, making one vulnerable to attractive distractions (a lack of focus and a short attention span). Fourth is causing neurons to over-fire or fire unreliably, leading to hyperactive emotions. If so, this + being self-absorbed and unable to escape from thinking about themselves might help explain why people take neutral comments made about themselves so personally. OOT also causes a chronic juggling lifestyle.

Because afflicted people are prone to burying their Spiritual/emotional pains + prone to accepting bad information + easily go into delusions, maybe this could set off psychological problems, like "ADHD" (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder). If so, this would make "ADHD" over-diagnosed and wrongly treated with medicines. Could severe cases extend to Bipolar Depression, autism, and Alzheimer's disease? In contrast, when thinking is "On" one loses oneself in ones work, causing ones DMN (perhaps in the medial parietal cortex of the brain) to go quiet. Since those powered by a lack of mental self-discipline excessively engage in DMN "Escapes" and if "Off" thinking causes their mental problems, could always "On" Thinking be the solution?

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