24 Dic When to study it hurts. Organic origin of the anxiety in front of the study.
All we know that sensation.
The date of the examination of that subject approaches that you do not like. Or to give that work that seems so difficult to you.
You do not know very well why you do not like that subject. Or perhaps yes: the professor is bad, bad, bad with desire. Or the classes are always to 8 in the morning and half of the times nor you arrive. Or it is that the first partisan left to you bad and you have taken odd habit to him.
But already you have experience in this of the studies. This time does not pillage the bull to me, you were shelp. And you really thought that you were going to begin in time.
But the first day you took the swearword from notes and you already felt like discomfort. A little depre. Or hunger entered to you and you went to the kitchen to prepare a mini-sandwich to you. Or is account of which that call to your friend was pending/bride/groom/father/mother. Or no, it sounded whattsapp and there was problems with the next friendly meeting and clear, one already was half an hour in clarifying the subject to you and soon you lowered to buy something that you needed and later it was necessary to go to the gymnasium because to make sport also it is important etc, etc, etc.
At night when laying down to you, you felt a small jab of culpability by not to have begun the predicted study. Tomorrow I put myself, you settled, and you fell asleep.
And in the end the bull pillaged to you.
You put the subject between chest and back with more anxiety than effectiveness and the sensation of which eras stupid by to have returned to commit the same error. With that so familiar anxiety, trying to justify to you same in front of the worse judge than you will find in your life, that it is within your head and perhaps of your stomach also, judging by the physical malaise that accompanies you in those occasions.
TO YOU WELL-KNOWN THIS IS SITUATION?
, of course that yes.
The worse thing of everything is than it is continued repeating during all the life. It is what we called procrastination and it affects to all in major or measured minor, children, young people and adults.
In my case, my present obligations are distributed between consulting books/articles for complicated cases of the consultation, reviewing surgical techniques, to make the monthly programming of sessions and work of the residents position, to review articles on the investigation of my group, to correct rough drafts of a pair of doctoral theses, to make workings of maintenance of the blog and to prepare classes.
Of all these tasks, the one that more laziness they give me is to review articles and to make the programming of residents. I do not know very well why, but thus it is. When I must seat to me to work in one of these tasks, I am discovered same procrastinando as a champion and being relaxing to me in looking at the mail, to consult to twitter or to leaf through any book that is close. When I realize, I commit myself to continue with the work, and immediately my attention to any other thing returns to escape. I take almost half an hour in putting to me to work in which it touches.
Nevertheless, it does few months I discovered the physiological reason for which we lie down to procrastinar. The simple fact of knowing is helping to stop it to me delaying my obligations and not to feel to me badly (so).
TO STUDY CAN HURT
Some investigators of the University of Chicago published a work in 2012 (1) in which they described what it happened within the brain of people who hated the mathematics when she was requested to them that they made mathematical tasks. They used functional magnetic resonance and they observed that certain cerebral areas activated, the dorsoposterior insular cortex and the cingulada crust average, when the study subject anticipated that they were going to arrive the tasks from mathematics.
The dorsoposterior insular cortex and the cingulada crust average are regions implied in the perception of pain or the detection threats for the integrity of the organism. If the people who have anxiety against the mathematics undergo that cerebral activation, it is logical that they at all costs avoid any activity related to the mathematics. It can say that it is a defence mechanism.
It does not matter that it is physically an exaggerated reaction in the sense that the mathematics are not going to them to damage, speaking. They are not going to lose an arm nor to become ill. But its brain reacts as if it go thus to being, really.
Nevertheless, the investigators observed that those cerebral areas of the pain activated when they acticiparon the accomplishment of the exercises of mathematics, but not during the exercises in himself.
This was revealing for me when I discovered it in the course Learning How To Learn de Coursera (I recommend to you that you make the course if you have time; a new edition in January of 2015 begins). The professor of the course, Barbara Oakley, explains clearly that the tendency to procrastinar works as a defence mechanism, but mistaken, since if you must take to end a task, to delay she only alleviates it temporarily the annoyance. But you overcome your initial inconvenience and you continue working, in a few minutes you will notice that it is to you easier to continue in the task that you do not like.
A technique that you can use to overcome the initial resistance is the technique of the Pomodoro.
By all means, when you have been able to work awhile in that subject that as much laziness gives you, you must give a good prize you by your profit. A chocolate refreshment, piece, or 5 minutes taking the fresh air outside the library. That subject causes a real annoyance to you, but you have known to surpass it and to follow ahead. Surprising our mind responds positively to these rewards, and shortly we will speak also of it here: how to use to Pavlov for our convenience. If you do not want to lose you it, subscribe you to the blog ð
WHAT METHODS YOU USE TO OVERCOME THE LAZINESS BY A SUBJECT (ASIDE FROM HAVING THE EXAMINATION CLOSE, CLEARLY)?
1. Lyons IM, Beilock SL. When Math Hurts: Math Anxiety Predicts Pain Activation Network in Anticipation of Doing Math. Plos One 2012; 7(10): 1-6.