I mentioned the “bubble” in a previous entry. I think it is important to understand what the bubble is and its place in the world, and how it is both flawed and also necessary to the human. The bubble helps maintain a relaxed internal state – something that the mind needs in order to be at an ultimate peace.
First you must understand identity, because identity is the reason humans need the bubble. Everything we have ever experienced, learned, loved, lost, cared for, respected, earned, destroyed, and understood contribute to an overall identity. Our self-identity is how our mind views our personality and its place within the context of its environment. This is ultimately a mental system which is always connected to you via a meaningful and symbolic emotional and intellectual bond.
Identity is a concept that we adopt because it makes us unique. Why does the human desire uniqueness? Because the mind is always hungry for a higher form of enlightenment. A deep symbolic desire that allows you to feel a sense of meaning and purpose in the world. The brain needs meaning and purpose. And so the mind forms a meaningful and symbolic representation of itself, one that comes at a cost. Because now you must behave, think, feel, and react in ways that show case this identity. The identity which could be viewed as a set of rules. Rules that you now follow as closely as possible because it is important for the maintenance of a relaxed mental state. Constant validation is needed so that the mind continually feels at ease. Validation in this sense is any action, behaviour, or thought which aligns with the way in which your mind views your personality – it is important that you understand validation with this definition in mind. Because without this validation, the mind does something that most do not even realise, and this is where it gets very interesting.
While we are usually quite capable of acting in accordance with our self-identity (the rules), we are also terrible at it. Whether we realise it or not, we are a walking contradiction of everything we stand for (to some degree). For a few minutes, I challenge you to question your actions in life and compare them to your core beliefs, ideals, and moral standard. You must think really deeply when you do this, think about overall patterns in behaviour and the way you judge every single person and our surroundings. How do you act and how do you expect everyone else to act? If a detailed summary of your life could be documented, as well as a detailed summary of your self-identity, how many times could we identify contradictions between your beliefs and morals in comparison to your actual behaviour and thoughts? Thousands. Do you believe it? Well this is where the bubble comes into play.
Your mind needs constant validation. But humans are deeply flawed. We contradict ourselves almost every day in the most basic of ways at the very least. For the mind this becomes problematic, as it needs a relaxed internal state. Contradictions cause disruption and stress to this internal state, but the mind is good at accommodating for such faults. We simply ignore them – the bubble is a system in place that inhibits the conscious mind from registering contradictions. It allows a continuous flow of positive energy within our mind (fuelled by validation) that contributes to the overall health of the brains’ internal state. You may also want to look into “the attribution bias” when considering this train of thought.
We can even test to see what happens when this system is tampered with. This system shows its true importance when you bypass it and give information directly to the conscious mind. An individual who registers their contradicting behaviour can appear visibly distraught. You can almost guarantee that an individual will become defensive, uncomfortable, and perhaps even visibly distressed (in the form of anger or other emotions) when confronted with their own hypocrisy. Once this information enters the conscious mind, it is usually almost instantly met with verbal or mental justifications. Give someone an example of something they do that goes against their core beliefs, and watch what happens. The mind is fragile and here we see its constant need to remain relaxed. It does so by forming a skewed and inaccurate perception of self. This perception is the bubble.