Acting Ability: Being In Control Of Your Life

Acting ability: being in control of your life

In philosophy we use the term ‘ability to act’ to refer to the feeling of being in control of our lives. Having the ability to act means that we know where we are, what is happening to us and that we are able to shape our circumstances.

For example, merchants such as travel agents are tasked with providing services that meet the needs of certain people. In that sense you can say that only your own capacity to act can help you to meet certain inner needs. This explains why it is so important to have good acting ability.

Ability to act starts with interoception

Interoception refers to one’s ability to perceive the inner state of one’s body. It is information that helps us to keep our body in balance (homeostasis).

The body, mind and brain are closely linked, meaning that interoception is not only physiological but also associated with subjective sensations such as emotions.

Satisfied girl with her eyes closed

The more knowledge a person has about himself, the better he is able to control his life. Keep in mind that if we are aware of the changes taking place in our internal and external environment, we can also better adapt to them.

The consequences of the loss of capacity

A wonderful book titled The Body Keeps the Score written by Bessel van der Kolk states that war veterans often face a loss of capacity to act.

Many of them remain attached to an environment in which they have learned to function according to certain norms that only work in a context of conflict.

In addition, people can feel unsafe in their own body for all kinds of different reasons. An example of this is the constant reliving of the past, which indicates inner discomfort. Humans are creatures of habit and many make a habit of ignoring their instincts and numbing their consciences.

That said, it’s important to remember that ignoring what’s going on inside us means we’re losing control of it.

Many health problems such as chronic pain, fatigue, headaches and migraines are examples of internal cries for help. All of these problems can be caused by our ignoring inner signals.

We pay a high price for giving up our ability to act. It makes us ignore or completely overlook the things that harm us, or the things that are good for us.

How do we develop acting capacity?

The medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC) is tasked with overseeing our bodily sensations. Today, many people are aware that mindful meditation and yoga can help us regulate ourselves.

However, they also help us to be more aware of our bodily sensations. As a result, it makes us feel stronger and regain control over our lives.

Woman meditating by the water

The effect that somatic or physical work has on the release of energy has been proven. This is especially true for people who feel blocked, such as war veterans who are plagued by fear.

Working on your interoception through exercise is a great way to help you better understand the messages your body is sending regarding your needs.

So acting means knowing and trusting our feelings and bodies and understanding what they are trying to tell us. However, it does not mean that it is easy to take control of our lives. Nor is it easy to counter other strong forces.

This whole process starts with self-knowledge and self-acceptance so that we can make a life plan based on that. Some questions can help us think about our own capacity to act. What do you expect from life? What are your dreams and ambitions? Who or what can help you make small changes in your life? 

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