Updated: May 9, 2020
Excuses are simply the mechanism our subconscious uses to appease our prefrontal cortex into a state of complacency.
I know this can be an interesting one to wrap our head around. But there’s a science to the excuses we make.
In the words we hear ourselves say or think, how we rationalize taking a specific action or resisting against one...
Example… It’s cold out, I’ll run another time. I’d be a fool for not buying these shoes today, they’re 50% off.
We ‘think’ we’re making the excuse (applying logic to the problem). But that’s not the case.
What’s really happening is our subconscious, unbeknownst to us, is applying a framework [an excuse] as a mechanism to coax our thinking brain, or prefrontal cortex, into staying in an emotional state the subconscious is familiar with.
So while we know, logically, we would warm up very quickly by running. Or that we have five, practically identical, pairs of shoes at home…
Our subconscious keeps our logical brain distracted, by throwing us a bone... the excuse.