The overload principle is a cognitive bias that is used to make us overestimate our own abilities. This happens when we overestimate how much we can really accomplish or how much effort we need to expend to accomplish whatever it is we are trying to do or accomplish.
The term overload is the product of a cognitive bias called the “attribution bias.” It is a tendency to associate certain things with a particular person or attribute. For example, if you think someone is rich, you’ll often assume they can afford to pay for their own flight to the Bahamas.
The opposite of overload is under-load, when a person overestimates their abilities. When I was a kid I thought, “I can do anything I set my mind to. I don’t need to prove it or try to do it better than anyone else.” It was a huge part of me, a place where I could go and do things I did not feel like doing. It was the thing that made me good at things I did not feel like doing.
I’m sure it was a huge part of you as well. When I was a kid, I was pretty much the same way. In my early 20s I realized I was a terrible student, so I spent a lot of time on some sort of personal challenge. I also worked on my confidence, and this led me to be a lot more aggressive than I needed to be.
This is why we’ve been calling overload a “self-actualizing” principle. I think it’s a really broad definition that isn’t quite right. What we’re talking about is a process where we can self-actualize by building a new habit. Our overload example would be the habit of trying to do better in the area of our daily work life. Once we have this habit, we can then take that habit and work on a more intense habit.
The overload principle is a bit of a misnomer because we can’t actually build a habit. We cannot make a habit of doing something that we do not want to do. The habit of overload is just that: the habit of not wanting to do what we do do. We can however, build habits of not being so stressed and over-anxious that we can’t do what we need to do. We can build habits of slowing down and being more patient.
This is where the overload principle comes into play. When we overload our lives with a lot of activity, we find that we cannot get anywhere. We are all just too busy to get any work done. This is where the overload principle comes in: we can either build a habit of being under so much pressure that we cannot get anything done, or we can build a habit of being over-anxious and stressed so that we cannot relax enough to get anything done.
The overload principle is a term that psychologists like to use to describe how our brains function. For example, when we are over-anxious and stressed, our stress hormones are flooding our brain and body with cortisol, which is a highly mood-altering hormone. This stress hormone is also called the “cortisol burst.
This stress hormone is one of those things that affects our productivity. The cortisol burst is one way that stress affects the brain. Although this is a huge stress-inhibiting thing, the cortisol burst also increases the amount of dopamine in the brain. Not all of this is good, but it is related to how our brains function. For example, when we are over-anxious and stressed, our cortisol levels are increased and the dopamine levels are decreased.
It’s kind of like the opposite of over-anxiety. Over-anxiety is basically when anxious or stressed people get too much dopamine. Or, if you’re an anxious person, you might be over-dopey and not feel like getting out of bed. In other words, anxiety is generally not a good thing.