Play Dead

From Weekly I/O#10

Go to sleep to play dead so the negative emotion doesn't take interest in us.

Podcast: Lisa Feldman Barrett: Balancing the Brain Budget [The Knowledge Project Ep. #92]

There’s one culture in the world where the prescription for what you’re supposed to do when you’re afraid is going to sleep. It is like playing dead so the threat doesn’t take any interest in you.

It's a very interesting way to cope with negative emotions. But in the podcast, Lisa Feldman Barrett also stated that "If there was only one thing that you could do in your life, only one, it would be to sleep a decent amount every day, whatever that means for you. It’s usually somewhere between seven and eight hours for most adults, and it’s longer for kids and adolescents."

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