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Step 4: The inputs of the Will

Look at the Model.

You can see that in order to overload or suppress the Will, we can use the following inputs [follow the arrows and they will tell you where input is coming from]  Input is shown in yellow boxes.  There are five main types of input

  • Objectives – desires and obligations, what we want to do or have to do.  So we can either suppress the objectives or overload them;
  • Reason – the final outcome of our reasoning system.  Here we can overload our reasoning system – confuse it or we can suppress it and give it a rest;
  • Memories – Memories are obtained from Memory itself, our big database of facts and learnt function, via our memory recall function [remembering].  Again we can either overload the remembering process, or let it have a rest by suppressing it
  • Sensations – sensations come via Perceptions, the log of our activity.  In turn, Sensations come from the 5 senses or our internal nervous system or our autonomic systems.  Here we can either suppress these or overload them.
  • Emotions - are also received via Perceptions, - fear, grief, happiness and sadness, for example.  Here we can either suppress these or overload them

So the overloading or suppression of any or a combination of these is going to have its impact on the Will.  For example

  • suppress reason and overload emotions and sensations [making love]
  • suppress sensations and emotions, but completely befuddle with an overload of reason [riddles and nonsense verse]
  • suppress memory, reason and desires, and also suppress emotions and sensations [ go to sleep]
  • overload reason, emotions and sensations [riding on a roller coaster, bungee jumping]

Even with only one input on overload, if the intensity [strength] is high enough it will have an effect. Overwhelming fear, for example, has produced some quite spectacular experiences all on its own, as has overwhelming grief