Parts of the brain associated with visual awareness briefly shut off during a blink and don’t detect the blackness behind closed eyes. It happens so fast that the sensation of darkness is prevented from reaching consciousness. This is called the “suppression switch”.
This switch is activated for many types of information such as when your eyes are jumping all around while scanning the environment. The brain experiences a smooth streaming image and not snapshots of separate images.
The switch may be involved when you “read between the lines” in social situations. This could be your "undoing", however.
Because you rapidly process information, you quickly fill-in-the-blanks based on previous experience with the situation and make errors by “jumping to conclusions”.
In high value situations, slow down and check in with yourself to determine if your response will be on-target or if you’ll just embarrass yourself.
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