What state is most likely to put you in a state of autopilot?

The autopilot is a state we enter when we do things that we are naturally talented or good at, however, get no value or enjoyment from. There may be plenty of things that you have no problem doing, or can sometimes even be praised or commended for doing, things that give you no purpose or meaning, but still, provide a basic sense of relief or comfort.

When we do things that are too much in our comfort zone, and too far away from our values, we may go into a state of autopilot. The state of autopilot can make us become more reactive. We may become less attentive or mindful of what we are doing. We make decisions and take action with little thought or reflection.

The danger of the autopilot is that we often don't even realise that we are in it, and so, we don't know how to wake up from it. The autopilot can feel reassuring and relaxing, in comparison to the pursuit of our values, which may feel scary or difficult. The fact that we are complimented by others, or paid for doing these things, may provide us with some compensation. Even if we don't enjoy it, other people enjoy that we do it, and so, there is a connection between the autopilot and our instrumental values.

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