September 15th, 2020

Drugs

In my previous post, I noted that people who are listening to music are usually not in a good mental state to be making decisions because they use music to steer their emotions rather than logic and reason, which leads to them making emotionally-motivated decisions rather than factually sound decisions. Music is a powerful motivating force for many people, but an even more obviously influencing factor is psychoactive drugs, so I wanted to take a moment to consider the psychology of people who are on drugs or who are motivated to take drugs.

People take drugs because they like how drugs make them feel. There are people who believe that drugs "open the mind" and make people more perceptive or receptive to the world around them, but the funny thing about this belief is that it's been disproven many times, and yet people keep on believing it.

An example is alcohol and how it affects people's reaction times. Bear in mind that alcohol is a drug, just as much as any other addictive and mind-altering substance, but because alcohol is a "socially-acceptable" drug, there have been many studies on how it impacts people's ability to drive a car. Time after time, it has been shown that alcohol impairs people's ability to drive, partly because it slows their perception and reaction times, and yet people who are drunk consistently think they are fit to drive a car, and proceed to do so. One of the main reasons why this happens is because alcohol convinces people that they are "not that drunk": One of the first things which alcohol impairs is self-perception and self-assessment, the ability to perceive when one is not thinking clearly, and as a result, drunk people perceive themselves as performing better than they really are.

The same is true for other drugs. In general, one of the first things you lose upon taking drugs is your ability to assess how much the drugs have affected you, leading people to consistently underestimate how impaired their senses and cognitive abilities are. People who are high on marijuana have the impression that they are seeing the world more clearly. They are absolutely convinced that the drug makes them more aware, more perceptive, and able to think better. What's astonishing is that even when this is measurably false, they will still continue to believe that marijuana heightens their perception, just because it seems that way to them when they're high. You can perform math and logic testing on a person when they're high on drugs versus when they're sober and consistently prove that they think more clearly when they're not on drugs, and yet every time they take drugs, they will convince themselves over and over that they are thinking better in that state.

People have a bizarre insistence on trusting what they perceive instead of what they can factually know to be true. People do not understand how important it is to rely on facts rather than subjective perception. In general, people have no interest in objective information or facts. The only thing which matters to people is how they feel. If you can convince people that something feels true, you can convince them of anything, because people are gullible and believe only their feelings, even people who think that they are "objective"; people who believe this are so delusional as to not even realize that they follow their feelings. And that's why drugs are so popular, and why people think that drugs are great.