Friday, March 4, 2016

Talk, Saratoga Springs, March 29th, 6:30PM-Place Matters, How Our Environment Shapes Us

When: Tuesday March 29th, 6:30PM
Where: Saratoga Springs Public Library49 Henry St., Saratoga Springs, NY 

Admission is Free. Presented by the Saratoga Integrative Medicine Education Network. For More Information, Call 210-1557.

Place Matters, How Our Environment Shapes Us

Our environment has a profound influence on us, particularly our unconscious mind. Consider how a “place” influenced Vietnam vets addicted to heroin. It was estimated that 20% of Vietnam vets were hooked on heroin. Even more surprising was that most of them were able to kick the habit and remain drug. Only 5% went back to their addiction compared to a 80-90% recidivism rates for most heroin addicts. Why? They stayed in Vietnam until they cured.

The fact was that their heroin addiction was linked to Vietnam and by beating their addiction and leaving Vietnam (Place), the two stayed behind. As David T. Neal, Ph.D. who writes a blog for Psychology Today said “[P]eople, when they perform a behavior a lot — especially in the same environment, same sort of physical setting — outsource the control of the behavior to the environment.”

Eric Weiner NY Times best selling author of The Geography of Bliss in a interview with CBS about his newest book, The Geography of Genius said that “Place Matters.”

Indeed place does matter and influences much of what we do and think. Come learn why this is so and how you can work with this phenomenon.

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