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Naimis
post Mar 08, 2013, 09:39 PM
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Is there terminology for switching from one mental state to another memorized mental state at will on command? I don't simply mean changing one's mindset.

For instance, suppose I'm working at some task and it is all just flowing...creativity, focus, rate of completion, etc. So I memorize this mental state as photographically as possible...sensations, perception, scents, emotions, etc. Later, when feeling apathetic, I flash back to this mental state repeatedly until I am once again in the desired previous mental state.

I do this under a variety of circumstances for a variety of needs, and I'm guessing this is probably pretty common. Is there a formal term for such a process of state switching?
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post Mar 31, 2013, 07:31 AM
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I doubt its possible to exactly replicate a former mental state at will because i don't think you can accurately be fully aware of your entire mental state in the first place.

And where is this idea going anyway? Are you hoping that you can manipulate a mood by conjuring up a former mental experience.

I think you possibly could but i don't think its easy if you are not in the right frame of mind. eg if you are depressed, or at least when i'm depressed, i do'nt feel like trying to do such things. I might be able to go along with it a bit if someone were leading me, but i don't think anyone could successfully train me to do so that i would always do it.

one of the things with depression is that making effort is hard and everything is an effort and it doesn't seem worth it.

So maybe you can explain more about what this is all about in case i am on the wrong track.
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