You Have The Amazing Power To Rewire Your Brain

Neuroscience shows how simple it can be.

Chloé Garnham

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Post-pandemic my brain has changed.

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My brain has refocussed itself on negativity –– anticipating challenges, and worrying about worst-case scenarios in a way that it never did before.

What I’ve learned though, is that this is perfectly natural, particularly given the climate we’ve been living in. Our brains have what neuroscientists call a ‘negativity bias’ –– something which served us well throughout evolution.

In the modern world, this negativity bias can cause a lot of unnecessary stress and anxiety.

It’s anxiety and stress I’ve decided I no longer need.

There’s a chatty voice in our heads

If I’m to believe the likes of Eckhart Tolle or Michael A. Singer, then I know that this chatty (and at times frustrating) voice in my head isn’t me. But knowing this doesn’t immediately lead to enlightenment.

The inner voice is loud, constant, and it’s been with us for our whole life.

Thanks to neuroplasticity, I know that I have the incredible power to rewire my brain toward the positive. This won’t remove the voice but it’ll help it to be:

  1. Calmer
  2. Kinder
  3. Slower to react
  4. Less likely to think the worst in every situation.

Neurons that fire together, wire together

Rewiring my brain toward the positive is something I’m currently working on.

And it’s perfectly possible to do it.

According to neuroscientist Donald Hebb, “neurons that fire together, wire together.”

Ultimately, if we make new connections, we can make new pathways.

For example: if a person has associated dogs with danger –– perhaps due to a traumatic childhood event –– it’s perfectly possible for that same person to create a new association and feel comfortable around dogs.

We can sculpt our brains

According to Spanish neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal…

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Chloé Garnham

Personal development, philosophy, meditation, & mindfulness. An imperfect person on a journey to a more peaceful and meaningful life.