Mind over matter

There’s lots of talk in the clinic room about new ‘brain science’. I tend to use this as a shortcut to describe the neuroplasticity of the brain, the extent of which has only recently been identified, leads us to conclude four important things (acknowledgement to our friends at Happify) : 
1. That the brain we’re born with can be changed. Technically speaking, they call that neuroplasticity. (You can teach an old brain new tricks.)
2. We can change it by adopting new thought patterns, by training our brain as if it were a muscle, to overcome negative thoughts.
3. All of us are hard-wired for negativity (blame evolution!) but can profoundly benefit from learning new ways to react and deal with everyday stresses.
4. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make a real difference in your life. A few simple and even entertaining mental diversions will change things.
Listen to a Soundcloud from a couple of doctors Merzenich and Doidge talking about neuroplasticity By clicking here.

  

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