you’re out of your mind

John Wood, Founder of Rageheart

by John Wood

It’s what people say when they don’t want to listen.

“You’re out of your mind bro.”

When it’s a joke, it’s no big deal. Everyone knows you’re not really out of your mind. You’re not really insane. Your cousin Dave is just fucking with you.

But sometimes, it’s not a joke. You’re literally out of your mind. You’re no longer thinking straight… if you’re even thinking at all. That’s why it’s called… “out of your mind”.

This ties in nicely to the nervous system stuff I talk about all the time in The Daily Rage (these emails).

For example, did you know that the more activated and aroused we get (in our nervous system, not our genitals), the more we lose access to our higher brain, the part of us that thinks and reasons and tells us stories about ourselves to ourselves?

In other words…

The more we go up the fight-or-flight arousal curve, the more we lose access to conscious thinking and the more we become driven by instinct.

It’s a beautiful thing… because if you run into a bear in the woods, you don’t need to think about how fast it can run, what it likes to eat for dinner or whether it’s seen the latest season of the Game of Thrones. You just need to GTFO of there as fast as you can.

In survival situations like that, you want instant, instinctive, impulsive reactions…

…or you die 🪦

That’s why evolution has so kindly gifted us with the fight-or-flight response system.

The problem is…

Sometimes it gets activated at the worst possible times – such as dinner with the in-laws.

You just couldn’t resist snapping at your mother-in-law Janice, could you? You just HAD to tell her that she looks like the deep-fried cousin of Voldemort. I knowwwww… that nose job really doesn’t suit her 🤦‍♂️

That’s sympathetic fight-or-flight at work – in a situation where it would’ve been better to think before acting, in parasympathetic rest-and-digest.

The fight-or-flight response system is a fickle beast.

That’s why it’s important to learn how to work with it. How to manage it. How to master it.


It destroys you.

You want your automatic instincts online when they NEED to be online… and you also want access to your higher brain (your neo cortex / thinking brain) when you need THAT to be online too.

Neither is better than the other. They’re just different. You want the right system online when the situation calls for it.

Otherwise, you end up in pointless fights, spend money you don’t have and generally just make a mess of your life.

That’s where Rageheart comes in.

It’s a crash course in how to manage the fight-or-flight response so it’s on when it’s meant to be on… and off the rest of the time (such as when you’re trying to fall asleep at night, get work done or play with those inflatable butt plugs 🍆).

If that sounds good to you, sign up when it opens mid-January.

If you’re already a member and feeling that beastly impulse (Rage 9), hit the “Sign In” link on the page below and get after it:



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