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Why time passes faster or slower depending on your emotional state


Sometimes chronological time does not coincide with psychological time. The causes.

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Human life passes with a perception of temporal sequences in which

chronological time coexists with psychological time.

Frequently both do not coincide

and that is why sometimes a few minutes seem endless when faced with boring or uncomfortable events or several hours go by very quickly when faced with something that is happy or gratifying.

Therefore, the experience of the passage of time

is lengthened or shortened according to the emotional state of a person.

It is something very subjective and that is not related to the time that the clock shows.

The human mind handles concepts such as time that

permanently influence our lives

, although they are hardly ever registered or consciously paid attention to.

While living in the present, the past or the future coexist in the mind.


Thus, the Polish religious and poet Angelus Silesius stated:

“You yourself make time.

Your watch is your senses”.

Past, present and future

While living in the present, day by day,

the past or the future coexist subtly in the mind.

Even for many people, their current life is what happens to them while they are absorbed in their past or afflicted by the future.

The past, which is always present through memories or experiences,

gives meaning to existence, marks the personality by knowing who one is

through identity, and conditions the future.

Who is emotionally ill lives the past as if it were present.

/ Photo: Andres D'Elia

Although it is impossible to give up or ignore it, it

is essential to prevent it from becoming a tether that paralyzes

and hinders living in the present.

This is what happens to many depressed or nostalgic people in whom the presence of memories and situations experienced –whether they have been good or bad– are more intense than the current events, which prevents them from fully connecting with their present and with the


. concrete of everyday life.

Those who are emotionally ill live the past as if it were present, yearn for it and think more about what they should have done and did not do than what should be done.

She is scared, isolates or resigns to what may come

and does not feel prepared to face the tomorrow that he imagines as a certain failure.

Whoever lives their present, rescues and appreciates the good of their past, and trusts in themselves and their ability to design their future will feel good.

Norberto Abdala, psychiatrist

They are people who suffer a lot because they believe they are insecure, indecisive, with doubts, fears and who give up living or

seek the protection of who they consider stronger as support

for their life.

At the opposite pole are those who cannot live their present well by investing time and grief in a future that they imagine is dangerous, and they

prepare more for what may happen than for what is actually happening.

This usually generates worries, anxiety or fears that affect the present well-being.

Anticipating eventual future risks and dangers protects and

enables preparation to face them in good shape

and activates the body and mind to respond to anything that may compromise our safety.

But if the mind anticipates misfortunes or negative things that are not confirmed in reality, are unfounded, exaggerated or illogical, it

paralyzes, sickens and limits the ability to enjoy life.

Whoever lives their present, rescues and appreciates the good of their past, and

trusts in themselves and their ability

to design their future will feel good.


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Source: clarin

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