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7 Ways To Better Understand The Mess We Call Our Brain

Your brain can be a very complicated organ, so it is very important to be able to understand the way it works and how to control your thoughts and actions. Here are 7 things to help you better understand/fix your brain.

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1. We think fast

The first way that our brain thinks is by thinking automatically, intuitively, involuntary and effortlessly. This means we think immediately about some things without reasoning first. We think fast to accomplish routine tasks and we need to think slow in order to manage complicated tasks

2. We also think slow

Our brain also thinks slow, which requires slowing down, deliberating, solving problems, reasoning, focusing, concentrating, and not jumping to conclusions. Thinking slow affects our bodies, attention, and energy.  

3. Our thoughts drive us

Your thoughts drive your feelings and behaviors. Your feelings drive your thoughts and behaviors. Your behaviors drive your thoughts and feelings. If you want to feel happy, do things that make you happy and have happy thoughts, like “I’m successful!” and “I’m liked!”.

4. Heal your limbic system by creating bonds

Go out of your way to help other people. You will feel so much better and more people will start to grow stronger limbic bonds with you!

5. Look Around and Get the Fu*k Over It

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a form of psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro which uses eye movements or other forms of bilateral stimulation to purportedly assist clients in processing distressing memories and beliefs to move past their struggles in life.

6. Forgive and Forget

What is useful is learned and what’s useless is discarded. EMDR identifies the past experiences contributing to the problem and the current situation that is causing the disturbance, addressing them to “desensitize” the patients of anxiety and fear.

7. Don’t use money as a motivator for work

If money wasn’t an issue, then workers would have a greater purpose to do the actual job at hand. The autonomy to direct one-selves leads to more engagement, which then leads to mastery, which is an urge to become more skilled and knowledgeable, not because you have to but because you want to.

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