The Brain: The Myth Of The Mind And The Brain

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The myth about the brain is that, it controls the mind. Also people that the mind is the activity of the brain. However, both statements are untrue. I believe that there is a relationship between the brain and the mind forming a triangle of well- being for an individual. In my opinion, the brain is the passive path of existence because every information from the external environment produce a response either internally or externally without analysis. The brain transfers these information into our consciousness, but the active mind which analyzes the information and pays attention to both the benefits and disadvantages of the information before making choices about whether to listen or not. The brain cannot be defined without involving its…show more content…
The overactive brain circuits are as a result of different neurons firing together nonstop, this neurons firing are the information wired into the brain. From childhood, most of this information have been fixed into our brain which are based on family dynamics, cultural experiences, societal and religious beliefs. I believe, most of this information are deceptive messages which prevent us from tackling the real problem and reaching our goals and intentions. Deceptive messages are false beliefs, distractions, impulses and urges that take us away from our goals which is our true self. For example, a child may notice that his or her parent are always very stressed and anxious most of the day, but after drinking a glass of wine they feel relaxed and are able to reason effectively. Therefore, the child establishes an association between alcohol and relaxation by forming a new memory for a coping mechanism for stress. As the child grows, he/she turns to alcohol when faced with a stressful situation without be aware of where the behaviour emerged from but the memory created as child from observing their parent carry out this behaviour influences the child’s action. This deceptive brain messages are background noise behind the true message. The true message is the main problem and trying to either find a positive solution to the problem or an efficient…show more content…
Nonetheless, the mind can choose what to focus its attention and help change bad habits. This can happen through the process of cognitive therapy. Cognitive therapy is the ability of the mind to recognize cognitive distortions. To me this means being able to recognize that we live simultaneously in two different worlds which are the inner and outer world. The inner world are our innermost true beliefs, thoughts and the outer world are the environmental cues that generates a reaction to the inner beliefs and thoughts which are sometimes influenced by the deceptive brain messages. The all or nothing error, whereby we believe we must be perfect at all times or we are nothing. As a result, we place high standards on ourselves and are never satisfied. This is an example of cognitive distortion. We believe our ideal theory is perfection, so we try to do everything to be perfect but after failing severally we realize that our theory is refutable and we are back to the drawing board to either try to create a new theory or dwell on the old
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