According to Timothy A Pychyl, the Director of the Centre for Initiatives in Education and faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), “We’re sad excuse makers. These excuses, “strategies for reducing cognitive dissonance,” are really just lies we tell to ourselves, and this is the most pathetic part of it.”
Indeed, the statement is true and relative to human nature. Rationalization is a strategy to avoid the dissonance. Psychology says making excuses is living in a bad faith that is, a faith inversely proportional to the truths. In other words, by telling lies to himself, the brain wants to resist the emotional distress and disagreements.
A famous Neuroscientist, Dr. Claudia Aguirre makes us more aware about this secret strategy of the brain in more apt words, “Psychologists place excuse-making in the ‘self-handicapping’ category – that is, it’s a behavior we express that hurts our own performance and motivation. It serves as a distraction of sorts that prevents us from achieving the task, but it stems from a deeper, unconscious desire to protect ourselves (our Ego, if you asked Freud) against anxiety and shame.”
The human brain loves the comfort and makes more effectual strategies to retain that comfort as long as he can. The former expert believes that this happens because the brain does not want to face the real image of him. He limits himself to an extent and denies to go beyond it. One of the most powerful excuses is the excuse of human nature. ‘I’m sick’, ‘I’m scared’, ‘I’m tired’, are the examples of it. Coming home at 9 after a full hectic day definitely consumes your energy, but it doesn’t mean that you’re totally exhausted. It’s just because your brain tells you that your body is unable to do any other tasks and want a cozy bed to rest. Now suppose if you receive a news arriving home that one of your kid has been kidnapped and they demand a huge ransom. Would you still say to your almost fainted wife that his husband is too tired to save the kid and want some rest first? The latter one is also an excuse but it drives your mind to use the backup energy that has not ever been used because of the procrastination of your brain.
The excuses are further can be divided into two categories of Intentional and Unconscious but either kind of them is noxious to the human brain development. Procrastination is a great obstacle to use the cerebral capacity of the brain to a higher level. With the ease of digitization, things have become more easier for human beings. As a result, now they do not use enough brain power as the machines do. The New Generation’s brains are shrinking and sinking the capability along. It is not wrong to consider that nowadays the humans run on medicines and machines. Excusement gives you the comfort but it keeps you from your real life so far way and hallucinates you in a faith full of lies.