"The phenomenon of the high places"

If you've ever sit on the edge of a cliff or on the observation deck of a skyscraper and look straight down, you probably remember how easy it seemed to be a jump. Since you are reading this text, we can safely assume that you have not done so, and you can be understood. But here's the question: where did this strange, irrational, suicidal clearly need? Psychologists call this phenomenon "the phenomenon of the high places," and they, as paradoxical as it sounds, it is believed that it may even be a sign of sanity.

You are not alone

The researchers found the human psyche, the desire to jump off a bridge, rock or cliff is actually a surprisingly common. For example, a study conducted in 2012 showed that this is how people who reported having suicidal tendencies, and with those with whom they are completely absent. Approximately half of the experiment, participants who do not have suicidal tendencies, have responded positively to the question whether the inexplicable desire to jump down from a great height, despite the obvious danger. The study's authors concluded that the high places of the phenomenon is explained by the fact that his own brain plays with a man bad joke. Although in fact he was not going to jump off a cliff or a bridge, the mere sight of a precipice edge causes a reaction of the subconscious fear that the human mind tries to rationalize, to realize. Consciousness is slower than the emotional reaction and the rest of the flight control system in the human brain, so we tear off a hand from a hot stove or fire, without even having to think about it. In this case, there is no fire, so consciousness is looking for a rational explanation of his fear and said to the man: "Oh, no, I must have wanted to jump!"

Another theory is based on the hypothesis that it is the reasons for this are related to the human propensity for gambling, in which he faces a great risk. It is possible that fear of heights and fear of death are not completely linked in our mind, and so, looking down over the edge of a precipice, we get a wake-up call, but the mind can cling to the irrational hope that if you reach the ground, you can survive. And then it seems to us that it was possible to take a chance and jump.

How well do you know your own thoughts?

Scientists and philosophers are just beginning to "scratch the surface", that is, to take the first steps in understanding how to work feeling like the phenomenon of the high places. And the theory of fear, and the gambit theory come from the same idea, the essence of which is that people actually know very little about their own thoughts, motives and judgments.

In 2017, Peter Carruthers has published a rather convincing argument that we are all essentially know nothing of our own thoughts, and the idea that we know and control them - this is just a convenient illusion. In other words, our brains again plays a dirty trick on us. This theory explains why the phenomenon of high places, and many other algorithms irrational behavior might exist in our minds, even despite the fact that everybody likes to think if they act more or less rationally.