08 Jun The Neuroscience of FOMO
Summertime is here, and as the warmer months roll in many of us are making plans for long awaited family visits, get togethers with friends, and vacations.
And, some of us are not… and not so happy about it.
This being bummed about not being “there” is commonly known as FOMO, or the Fear Of Missing Out. It’s a fundamental issue caused deep in our DNA and neurological systems, which has been exacerbated with the ever increasing use of social media and the internet.
Homo Sapiens arrived on the evolutionary time line around 300,000 years ago. At that time, a human who was wandering around by him or herself would not have survived long. Humans were required to live in tribes, otherwise they would have perished. Approximately 10,000 years ago, this started to evolve into our species gathering in towns, cities, and countries.
The epigenetic effect of this tribal requirement for survival clearly continues to affect people in today’s world. The need to exist in a tribe is no longer a major component of our survival, yet that instinctual need is still there in the form of FOMO.
At Pathwaves, we like to say that F.E.A.R. stands for Future Events Appearing Real. This highlights the fact that fears are not an actual event that has already happened… that would make those events a certain reality, instead of a future possibility. In other words, what you fear has not happened yet, so it is not yet real.
FOMO and Our Nervous System
The guide for neurogenesis is our DNA, which is directly affected by our epigenetics. Our nervous system creates neurons and electrical currents to house our fears within our nervous system, in accordance with our DNA. The FOMO emanates from the low delta frequencies (measured at .000625 hertz up to 1 hertz) and delta frequencies (measured at 1 hertz to 3 hertz). This is the range of intercellular communication which drives sensations and functions, as well as the animal instincts which drive us to fit in with a tribe in order to continue living.
In today’s society, fitting into a tribe is no longer a necessity for survival. However, our societies have exploited this guttural misinformed feeling of need, driven by fear, in order to further certain goals.
It is far easier to tap into the tribal instincts of mankind in order to govern or lead herds of people (tribes), as opposed to attempting to govern or lead a collective of free-minded individuals.
NeuroEmpowerment™ For Functioning Intentionally
Learning how to intentionally influence your nervous system will take you out of reactive mode, which is what FOMO is, and move you into the driver’s seat of how you feel and function. When you’ve practiced how you want to think and feel, you literally create your own wellbeing from within.
The Pathwaves “Full NeuroEmpowerment™” journey is designed to support our clients in this process.
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