Free Will or Free Won't?

November 15, 2018

 

Ever heard of "Free Won't"?

In 1983, Benjamin Libet, a scientist in the field of human consciousness, conducted a study on what happens in the human brain during voluntary movement. He and his team realized that after our brain sends a message to act it takes five-tenths of a second for us to follow through. What he also found is that in the last three-tenths of a second, we can control our urge to act, and change how we follow through.

It's known as "Free Won't Theory."

I love the concept. Thinking about our "Free Won't" versus our "Free Will" can not only reframe our thinking behind the how and why of how we act, but also reassure us that we can change our behavior--even in the last second.   

I'm going to try to practice "Free Won't" this holiday season. Good idea?

 

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