Ah, I’m reverse. “Worst first, Best last” was my 3rd grade lunchtime motto. I’d challenge myself to eat the yuckiest looking thing first but I’m make sure I got that “best last”.
Yet, being a “not fast” eater, they had to extend my lunch time. I’d go down 5 mins early and they allowed me an extra 5 mins.
So that last 5 mins was great. It was empty except for about 12 other kids scattered around and I got to really savor the thing I waited for.
I don’t think I’ve changed. I don’t think its root is conscious but I think it through consciously.
So in a sense, maybe not opposite at all. I’m still looking first for the pleasure.
In a sense, I was born to do computer stuff. Computers internally use “Stacks” which is a FILO or LIFO system
FIFO is “queue”.
It’s more complicated (I think anyway) in Accounting but it’s the same distinction.
IN this case of how we respectively prioritize, we’re both aware of the unpleasant. I don’t want to look at it so I get rid of it first by eating it. You don’t want to look at it so you delay it.
Your method guarantees pleasure. Mine has a perpetual element of risk.
That said, I ALSO use your method as a tactic, particularly with financials. Throw the bad thing off into the far future in such a way that it *might* eliminate itself (if aimed correctly and if I dodge it in the meantime).
I don’t get the full pleasure of, “Oh thank god that’s over with” but it affords me a strong measure of it mostly going away, but still hovering just out of sight.
How-to-recover-from-preverbal ‘yuck’ sense quickly.
I was thinking in longer time scales (seconds instead of milliseconds) but on the ms scale, I think it’s the same quick coping mechanism.
When i feed the cat, I occasionally get a whiff of the fish oil they dump in the cans. I can handle unpleasant smells well but that is because my brain reacts quickly to compensate somehow.
If it’s going to stay unpleasant (cleaning up vomit), I “turn off” my yuck sense fast.
If it’s not that big of a deal (cat food), I quickly focus on the cat: “Hey, oh yum yum, this smells DELICIOUS!”
:: meow meow feed me meow ::
“Oh, num num num num num”
::meow speed it up human MEOW :::
and the conversation with my cat makes the smell unimportant.