The human brain, we are told, is more complex than any computer , capable of processing thoughts and information at unbelievable speeds. It is “ON” all the time , when we are awake and even we are asleep. Thousands of thoughts, hundreds of thousands must flit through our minds each day, every day. So what is it that we think about ? It’s a question that I’ve often wondered about.
The question was asked to readers of a Japanese newspaper, the Mainichi Shimbun. This was about 15 years ago and I can only remember a few of the responses. Some of the answers were trivial. For instance, one chap responded that he spent a lot of time on the train thinking about which of his fellow passengers was going to get up next so that he could position himself to grab the vacated seat. Most people,however, said that they spent a lot of time thinking about their neighbors, their sex lives and particularly their finances. How much money they made; how they spent it and how much they might have in the bank.
These are not the answers I would have expected. I mean, we all have some curiosity about the people next door but , that much ? Come on ! I must admit though that I’ve a lot of difficulty answering the question myself.
In order to formulate an answer, I’ve conducted a very unscientific , informal survey of my close friends. The general feeling is that , when they are not concentrating on the task at hand, they spend a lot of time thinking about their actions in the past and justifying their behavior to themselves . What they did, what they could have done and what they should have done. They also think a lot about the future and how they would act in a given situation. In other words … coulda, shoulda, woulda. Men think a lot about money and making more of it; women also think about money, but about either spending it or saving it. Women think more about family interactions and taking care of the house.
If what we think about is also what we talk about, then food has got to be a prime topic. At most parties, sooner or later, the talk always veers around to food, cooking as well as eating it. Men and women are interested in food almost equally though from different perspectives. Women spend as much time on recipes as on diets.Some topics are gender specific. With men, it’s sports and politics and business/work/money. With women it’s children/ shopping/friends and their doings.
So…… What do you think, really think about ?