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6 Things You Don't Know About Your Thoughts

Here are 6 things you would never guess are true about the way you think. By knowing these facts, you may potentially be able to change the way your thoughts are.

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1. You Think Too Fast

The first way that our brain thinks is by thinking automatically, intuitively, involuntary and effortlessly. This means that we think immediately about some things without reasoning first. Anything that is uncomplicated and important in your life for the long term should be turned into a habit so you don’t waste precious mental energy thinking about it.

2. You Need to Think Slower

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, Feelings, and Behaviors are Connected. Changing One Changes the Others.

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 happiness inducing thoughts, like “I’m successful!” and “I’m liked!” will follow, which will make you feel happy.

4. You Shouldn’t Use Money as a Motivator

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.

5. EMDR can Help You Move Past Prior Experiences

You can never completely eliminate struggle and unhappiness from your life, but finding the correct form of therapy is the first step. 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. You Can Change the Way You Think

With recent studies lead by a certain Dr. Amen, it has become evident that using brain scans can identify physical malfunctions within the brain linked to depression, ADHD, and other mental disorders. With this method of identification, it is now easier and more effective to treat the brain’s various illnesses, meaning those who do suffer from such mental pains aren’t trapped.

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