The Power of Feedback in our Life

In our daily life we make use, less or more conscious, of a powerful process called feedback. Feedback is that process by which a system (biological, social, ecological, etc.) maintain and improve its own performance. The system return to the start of an action a part of the information about the action flow and its results. It’s an evaluative and corrective information.

If we begin our actions and activities with some goals in mind then at the finish we will (or should we) compare the results with the goals. In this way we can see if the activity was a success or not, and if we may improve something in order to be a success.

Almost all our activities include trial and error actions. If you don’t know a pattern or an well established path to success, in a certain case, then you’ll resort to trial and error actions. It means you think of a possible solution and try it. If it works then all it’s ok, but if it don’t work you have to try something else. All these are possible through the feedback process. There is a permanent transfer of corrective information between input and output in order to succeed.

The most important kind of feedback for our life are biological and social or interpersonal feedback. If these are well used they can make a huge difference in our daily life.

Biological feedback

At a given time we become less or more conscious of a certain aspect of our body and mind (a pleasant or unpleasant sensation, a tension, a pain, a thought, etc.). Then our mind send, less or more conscious, a command of adjustment to our body or to itself. And so have place the most fine tweaking process of body and mind. It is responsible for our daily physical and psychological states. Imagine what will be if we make this process more conscious. There is even a relaxation method called biofeedback that uses monitoring instruments to adjust and improve our mental and bodily processes.

Interpersonal feedback

It means providing evaluative and corrective information to others and receiving it from others. It’s responsible for the quality and efficiency of our relationships. The social or interpersonal feedback it’s a key to maintain a good relationship and to improve it to the best. We all need feedbacks from others to understand their attitude towards us and to take the pulse of the relationship. And we have to send regularly constructive feedbacks to significant others in order to help them understand our attitude and to improve the relationship.