I was reading a book recently that talks about how our brains are wired for distraction. That the primitive brain has developed to see something new as a possible threat to pay attention to. To a caveman a bush moving could be the wind or hiding an animal about to pounce. Our brains seek novelty which means that we can’t really help it if it’s “natural”
On the other hand we use distractions as a way to buffer negative emotion like when we are frustrated with work so we pick up our phone and surf Facebook.
So then being distracted is both natural and a choice….is that correct?
We can feel distracted which is similar to feeling unfocused or we can feel a negative emotion and take some distracting action to avoid looking at what is causing the negative emotion.
So distraction can be a feeling and an action? It is both natural and a choice?