Just as gravity warps space, our mental models influence what we see, what we create, how we interpret what we observe and what action tendencies are linked to these. We are pretty much stuck with our early mental models until the threshold between the amygdale and the left pre-frontal context matures around our midtwenties. After that there is a real opportunity for change. The executive function of our brain can more fully participate in our experience and there is greater opportunity to modify our early mental models. Even after our mid-twenties the original models remain the default and it takes purposeful action to disrupt their limiting influences in our lives. Two things that have been shown to contribution to the constructive disruption of the original models are meditation and “doing the harder thing.”
– William D. Anton, Ph.D.