Reflexes are very handy. They are ready-made programs designed to deal with the recognition of the “need” for them. Reflexes are the ability to train skills, in essence, when chained together. The brain is superb at recognizing, but when the recognition comes, you can fire off these chains of skills and get amazing skills to happen.
The brain is superb at recognition. In fact, it’s tricky to suspend this recognition “talent” when I am facing something completely unique. I have to compensate for the time of arrival of what is new because my brain wants it to be, perform or do something I already know – or something “like” what I already know. The more I know, the more there is a need for getting these things I know out of the way so I can respond instead of react to unique circumstances.
Knowing this makes me understand how someone could say “is any
(psychological) reflex useful?”
Uniqueness is sort of delicate, unnoticable, fragile and elusive – because of those characteristics, a really new experience or new information is easy to miss. I believe that insight occurs when you note a new experience and begin to think about what that could mean for you.
Reflexes will go off conditioned by previous experience. If the situation
externally is similar to what you have experienced it before, you will succeed. There is always the possibility of a cross-over; that a skill acquired in one area will possibly apply to another new area.
If not, you’re gambling on that your previous experience will hopefully
apply. If the situation is definitely not applicable to your habitual reflex – you’ll fail, or not do so well.
So to my thinking, the problem isn’t the reaction – it’s the skill of
determining appropriateness and the possible need for experimentation. These determinations are based on sharpness of perception – Think that’s why we hold up proprioception as a important concept. Proprioception is shaped by perception that is becoming adapted to repetitious stimuli. It’s our responsibility to “refresh” our proprioception.