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Attention and multitasking

Dr Richard Chambers | 5:41


In part four, we're now going to move on and look at some of the applications of mindfulness for performance enhancement. And so what we see here in this slide, these two look very, very mindful. If you take a close look at these two, they really exhibit qualities of attentiveness, curiosity, what we've what we've been calling mindfulness. And this is actually an innate quality in humans.

So when we're when we're little, we're naturally curious about everything. But of course, as we go through life, we become familiar with things, we start taking things for granted, we start to relate to our world through concepts and ideas, and that curiosity naturally starts to diminish. So here are some pictures of you know, being at the beach, at the beach with your friends, following your favorite football or basketball team, is a typical scene these days being out to dinner, you know, a bunch of people sitting around on their phones, even on dates, right. And so more and more aware with technology, of course, he's contributing to this, but just generally, the busyness of life, the stresses of life.

And this idea that we should be able to multitask is contributing to this mentality where we're not paying attention, or even identifying something, which without which has been called attention deficit trait. So unlike ADHD, which is a psychological disorder, and a combination of biological and environmental factors, ADT is purely environmental, it's about having too much stimulation, trying to do too much all at once. It's a chronic fight and flight response, where we just feel overwhelmed, we can't think clearly we can't plan, black and white thinking, not a very effective way of operating in the world.

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