Yes, you and I have been shaped up considerably by our parents, employers, social normatives including Twitter and Facebook and on-the-books laws. Still, polished and competent as we are, we can’t help but feel at the effect of these ancient sensors and their programmed systemic reflexes.
Add to that, our nervous systems are further stressed by the complexities, excitements and mind-games that characterize the modern world—input that lower animals don’t have to put up with. We can feel insulted, cheated, taken advantage of, or outclassed, and anger and other subrational feelings are an everyday occurrence.
We are likely to say that if we were richer or slimmer or had a higher Scoreboard standing, we wouldn’t be so angry or irrational. But, it is our narrow-minded, less-than-autonomous behavioral response to the antagonistic feelings or antagonistic confrontations that really compromises the quality of our lives.
The developmental level of our cognitive impressions and communicative skills live in us materially, cerebrally, as nerve and neuron. How well we expand these neural pathways shapes how successfully, or not, we receive and answer the world.