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Approved 02 April, 2022 @ 10:26am by Jan Viljoen (version: 5)

The 10-second Rule

The 10-second ruleplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigAn old wife's tale?

The 10-second rule is regarded by most as an old wife's tale, but despite this, the rule is used for millennia to effectively calm people and efficiently counterbalance impulsive actions.
is far more relevent than we tend to think or believe. Recent neuroscience research conducted, revealed that our subconscious makes an actionable choice - on average - 7 seconds before we consciously execute that choice. It, therefore, is a good and healthy habit to apply the 10-second rule as often as possible, because the 10-second rule allows us to respond to triggers, more often than we tend to react or fall back - automatic default - to reactive behaviour.

The 10-second rule primarily boost the following…

The primary purpose and main goal of the 10-second rule is a reality check to…

Limit reacting to and encourage responding to triggers.

The 10-second rule is actually quite simple. When we have an impulse to act on an environmental trigger in a certain manner, we should take a deep breathplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigINHALE deeply through your nose for 5 seconds and EXHALE through your mouth for 5 seconds. to create for ourselves a 10-second gap before we take any action, otherwise, we run the risk that our brainplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigOur Intriguing Brain!

In the 30+ odd years that I have practised as a psychologist, career- and life coach, there is one particular aspect of human behaviour that I found quite mystifying. People does dumb things (myself included), but - rather naivelyphenomenonawesomeidiotic
will distort our interpretationplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigThe inner statement that makes something clear, true and valid for us. and perspective of what we are confronted with. By the way… the 10-second rule is applicable for both positiveplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigAdmiring, applauding, appreciative, approbatory, approving, commendatory, complimentary, favorable, friendly, good, ...etc. & negativeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigAdversarial, adversary, antagonistic, antipathetic, hostile, inhospitable, inimical, jaundiced, mortal, unfriendly, unsympathetic, ...etc. impulsesplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigImpulse is something that arouses feelings and compel either behaviour, action or activity. that we might experience.