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You and Your Brain

by / Friday, 25 September 2015 / Published in Happiness, Health, Neuroscience, Personal Growth, Success, The Human Condition

Who you are–and everything you experience–starts with your brain: your moods, relationships, energy level, creativity, intelligence, and ability to learn.

Your brain determines your personality, motivation, confidence, persistence, happiness, inner peace–and your ability to love and be loved.

If you’re anxious, unhappy, or unproductive..

…that, too, comes from your brain.

Brain gears

We all have brain areas that aren’t working optimally. A scan of your brain would reveal that some parts aren’t working at full strength, while others are overactive.

ADD, anger, fear, confusion, bad decisions, learning problems, lack of concentration, procrastination, motivation and confidence difficulties, an inability to stick to diet and exercise resolutions, and many other common life challenges…

…are the result of less-than-
optimal brain function.

Luckily, this can be changed–and often quite easily. Why? Because of your brain’s neuroplasticity–its ability to change in response to any repeated stimuli, thought, sensory impression, movement, or action.

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Practice the piano every day and your brain turns over more neurons to pushing the right keys, playing the correct rhythm, hearing the music, and so on. Repeatedly think kind and compassionate thoughts…

…and your brain becomes better at
creating kindness and compassion.

Think anxious, fearful, or angry thoughts, though, and your brain will become better at being anxious, fearful, and angry.

With the right stimuli you can change your brain, and in doing so…

…change your life.

Angel Devil Shoulder

Two parts of the brain are especially important, often competing with each other (like the little devil and angel on each shoulder often seen in cartoons). Which part dominates…

…has a huge effect on your life, your
happiness, and your effectiveness.

Because of neuroplasticity, though, if the wrong part is running your life you can do something about it.

Let’s take a closer look:

Your limbic system, a more primitive part of your brain, instantly responds to danger–the famous “fight or flight” response–obviously important when we encounter real danger.

Unfortunately, in today’s stressful world, this fight or flight stress response often won’t turn off. We respond to many everyday events–being cut off in traffic, losing our keys, a disagreement with our partner, or a normal disappointment…

…as if these things were life-
threatening saber-toothed tigers.

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Eventually, fight or flight becomes our underlying baseline experience and…

…we don’t even notice it.

What’s more, the constant stream of stress chemicals creates many common health problems–which we also come to think of as “normal”.

Your limbic system is great for fast decisions–if they involve fighting or fleeing. And because it causes blood to flow to your extremities (so you can fight or flee) and away from your brain, you can’t think clearly or make good decisions.

Another problem: your limbic system has zero ability to see or allow for potential consequences. When it’s active you’re drawn to eat the wrong foods (or too much of them), blow off exercising, check Facebook instead of working on your goals, and say or do things you later regret.

Hero Silhouette PFCYour savior is your prefrontal cortex (PFC), the source of “executive function”, rational thought, problem solving, creativity, planning, impulse control (overruling the limbic system), delayed gratification, and willpower.

Those with a strong PFC (and a calm limbic system), experience many extraordinary benefits:

 Better grades in school, significantly higher SAT scores

 Higher income

 Lower BMI (i.e., less chance of being overweight)

 Better social function, more friends

 Better cognitive function, greater intelligence

 More self-control, a greater ability to resist temptation

 Less distractibility

 Greater self-reliance

 More confidence, more trust in their own judgment

 More organized, less rattled

 Greater resilience and adaptability, less sidelined by setbacks

 More easily pursue and reach long-term goals

 Fewer addictive behaviors

Best of all, you can make the brain changes that strengthen your prefrontal cortex and calm your limbic system, and

…experience these same benefits for yourself.

You’ll be amazed at how your life will change–if your brain changes.

To learn more about applying current brain science discoveries to improving your focus and concentration, creativity, willpower, resilience, and many other aspects of life, click here.

To experience a tool that changes the brain by calming the limbic system and enhancing the prefrontal cortex, click here.

2 Responses to “You and Your Brain”

  1. The brain is a fancy and complex “radio” with more than just am and fm bands to play. It was not designed to be used as “who you are” nor does it do any thinking … having thoughts are nothing more than listening to a radio station you are convinced has the answer or not. Who and what is doing the observing? Thinking requires something more than the brain. The brain is not even a decision making device but is merely an early warning and alarm system that once you know how to use it is very good at what it does. Do not use it for making decisions or forever be in some kind upset and anxious mode. Behavior attached to the brain is crazy behavior. Get on Dive and Immersion daily to discover where and who you really are.

  2. George Heckman says :

    Awesome product!!