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7. Simultanagnostic Vision and Destructive Behaviours

In the previous six sections we have considered how simultanagnostic vision may be responsible for many experiences and behaviours.

What we know, is that as the person becomes more stressed, the challenges created by their simultanagnostic vision become worse, like a self-fulfilling prophecy, or a downward spiral.

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In addition to behaviours that are the result of simultanagnostic vision, everything else affecting how the person is feeling will impact the challenges of their simultanagnostic vision. This is a seemingly endless list, but relevant factors might include:

  • If you are hungry or tired
  • If you are in pain or uncomfortable
  • If you are worried, or anticipating something
  • If you are somewhere unknown and feel vulnerable
  • If you are with unknown people, and feel anxious
  • If you feel sad, because people are impatient with you, or using a tone of voice or raised voice you don't like
  • If you are being rushed
  • If your environment is busy, noisy or crowded

All of these would make the challenges they already face due to simultanagnostic vision significantly harder. We have called these destructive behaviours, and they are common in environments that create challenges.

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