Playing Trick Games On Our Brain


Hey, trick games work on our brains! There’s the illusionist who makes his audience look at the decoy while he performs his magic trick. And it works! Unless there’s a wise guy who won’t fall for it.

Here’s a patient getting better after taking a placebo pill.

And, today is April Fools, a favorite day for playing trick games on other’s minds. I don’t like this day very much — I wonder why…

But we play trick games with our own minds and I’d like to dwell on them, on a very relaxed tone. We often have inner dialogs inside our brains, for complex matters or even small day-to-day stuff. And sometimes our senses tell us something and we ‘know’ better and override them.

Let’s see how some simple dialogs between ‘you’ and ‘your brain’ would go (as if ‘you’ in these dialogs is not part of ‘your brain’ also… but let’s just ignore the obvious):

In the morning, your brain is telling you: Common, let me sleep for 30 more minutes, your body doesn’t feel like working out today!

You reply: Nope. I have a busy day. Time to get up, now! It’s either workout or a cold shower, which do you want?

Sometime during the day… Your brain is telling you: You’re hungry, get something to eat!

You know you have a weight issue or you are on a diet, so you respond: I heard you, I’ll just drink some water instead!

Your brain (puzzled): But you’re hungry!

You: Nevermind.

Now, let’s play a bit and reverse the roles.

You, to your brain, at 2am, frustrated: I need to sleep!

Your brain: Nah, it’s too cool to see how many useless thoughts I can run now!

Lunchtime. You ask your brain: What should I order for lunch?

Your brain: Water.

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4 Comments on Playing Trick Games On Our Brain

  1. Tony Matyasovszky // April 4, 2017 at 1:37 am //

    My mind always plays tricks on me. I have that same feeling when I want to sleep in the middle of the night and my mind wanders thinking about different things at when my mind says I am hungry, I am eating.

  2. Oh my… your mind is too bossy with you! :) That’s a little confusing sometimes, this perhaps unconscious role playing.
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  3. Cheryl fitzjohn // April 4, 2017 at 11:22 pm //

    Huh. cn’t relate to this. but if i response to something i thought i held it starts a big fight. so I guess tricked emotions are harder to maintian. my head tells me eat. cause I haven’t in several hours. but don’t always listen. body has to tell me. no dreams. too late for that. am trying to be active. and promote this site. burn out but things are getting better cause of team achievements. thanks. .going off the deep now. NO. thanks.

  4. You don’t have to agree with me Cheryl when you comment. Just be on point and try to add some value to the topic or discussion. Yeah, from your body (through senses, if it’s external), the information goes to the brain, which decides what to do with it. I wasn’t very serious in those imagined dialogues though, just exemplifying our inclination toward tricking games, even on ourselves. Thanks for promoting the site too.
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