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Parikh 1 Parth Parikh September 22, 2010 Professor Kao Expository Writing 101 Final Draft A Mind at Work Throughout a person’s life, they go through many experiences that will cause his/ her psychological immune system to set in motion and unconsciously change his/her mood without even knowing. In Dan Gilbert’s essay, “Immune to Reality”, he speaks about people’s reactions through his/her emotions and how he/she acts towards others. When a person’s psychological immune system begins, it takes apart a situation he/she is in, makes excuses for him/her, and makes any necessary adjustments to change the person’s mind and mood back to normal, or better. Although, this may not happen all the time, it does commence whenever it is needed the most. Gilbert also provides the reader with valuable information, including reasons for self-deception, why the mind gives excuses to answer certain things, and what the mind processes when something happens. However, what may be considered as the most priceless information has to do with the mind and how it perceives regret. People feel more regret for things they have not done yet, rather than them doing something mistakenly. This changes how a person will see their life and how he/she may live it. After learning something like this, he/she may try everything possible, so they know they cannot regret never trying it in the future. A person’s psychological immune system overpowers many parts of a person’s mind when it begins, but still does not change how he/she goes on with their lifestyle.
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Parikh 2 All people are deceitful to others, whether they know they are or they are doing it involuntarily. Although, purposely doing it is more likely, being deceitful is more interesting to know why. A person may wonder how he/she can lie without knowing it, but that is exactly what the psychological immune system does. It becomes hard to tell when a person is lying to him/herself when his/her psychological immune system is automatically making him/her believe what it wants the person to believe. If a person begins to “feel sufficiently unhappy, the psychological immune system cooks facts and shifts blame in order to offer a more positive view” (Gilbert 221). No matter how much a person tries to realize that they are deceiving themselves, a person will not be able to definitely identify whether it is the immune system or their regular reaction. It becomes a
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