• Deanne Pandey

We are what our brain thinks we are

We are what our brain thinks we are. Yes, as bizarre as it sounds, we are in control of our brain, not the other way around. Our brain is always reshaping itself as per the day to day experiences. Amidst this, there is a possibility to condition it and improve it according to you. The brain is a key member of the nervous system. And our nervous system is made up of neurons. The birth of new neurons can reshape and rewire your brain. So, next time you are feeling dull and helpless, know that it is under your control and you can rewire your brain to think otherwise. How we condition our intellect with education, we can rewire and condition what we feel. Dr. Michael Merzenich, his book, “Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life,” elaborately explained-“Whatever the circumstances of a child’s early life, and whatever the history and current state of that child, every human has the built-in power to improve, to change for the better, to significantly restore and often to recover. Tomorrow, that person you see in the mirror can be a stronger, more capable, livelier, more powerfully centered, and still-growing person.” Our problems are derived largely from certain distortions of reality based on erroneous premises and assumptions. These incorrect conceptions originated in defective learning during the person’s cognitive development. These distortions and apprehensions cloud your brain, leaving us dismayed. Although it is indeed possible to move away from these negative conceptions. Challenging automatic thoughts is a powerful way to counter perfectionism, curb procrastination, and relieve depression and anxiety. It is also helpful in treating low self-esteem, shame and guilt, and anger. The mind can have a powerful influence on the body, and in some cases can even help the body heal. The mind can even sometimes trick you into believing that a fake treatment has real therapeutic results, a phenomenon that is known as the placebo effect. In some cases, placebos can exert an influence powerful enough to mimic the effects of real medical treatments.

Rewiring your brain into a better mindset is nothing but progressing towards changing your cognitive development. Whatever you feel, is a result of your thoughts. In order to have a more positive and happy outlook, start with focusing on your thoughts. Our brain is a pattern-recognition machine. It makes observations and starts forming rules about the world. Our feelings and reactions in different situations, is a direct response to the patterns our brain has formed about these situations. For an instance, when pointed a gun, we feel scared, or apprehend fear. This is due to the notion of the brain that guns are dangerous. Although, if this notion is removed, that sense of fear would instantly vanish. Our problems are derived from certain distortions of reality based on erroneous premises and misconceptions. These distortions originated in defective learning during our early development. That is why, one needs to steer away from what the brain thinks is real and break this illusion of distorted conceptions. Changing the way we think about things, will eventually change the way we feel about this. For an instance, we are surrounded with a lot of fear and uncertainty today, due to the terrors of the pandemic we are facing. Notions of death, diseases and discomfort bring about feelings of anxiety, negativity and fear. Steering away from these notions, conditioning your brain to think this is the time a take a step back and enjoy those little moments with our closed ones and formulating experiences in that direction, will completely change the way you feel about it. Filter all your thoughts carefully. We are often conditioned to perceive things as binary oppositions, as black and white. This notion is inherently erroneous. Instead, comparing and weighing out situation will help change this preconceived pattern of recognition. Steer away from generalising situation and measuring them with extremities. Words such as always, every, no one, everyone, never indicate such habits. Instead of rationalising by yourself and forming ideologies about others, filter these notions and simply talk it out. Lastly, it is the most common human tendency to assume the worst case scenario. Instead, assess the pros and cons, go over the alternatives and avoid coming to catastrophic conclusions.

Conditioning your brain and breaking the preconceived notions and premises takes place through simple cognitive practices. Like our body, our mind too needs a spa, i.e conscious conditioning. Implement these consciously and rewire your brain to feel happier and more relaxed. Stay Home and Take Care!

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