The brain has an amazing unexplored ability: plasticity
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- 23 Oct 2018
The Cambridge Dictionary describes plasticity as “the quality of being soft enough to be changed into a new shape.
This means that our brain has the ability to change itself. However, this does not happen out of the blue, it requires certain conscious decisions for that ability to be of any use.
Don’t get me wrong, by empowering your brain’s capacity, you are not going to gain the ability to merge with the matter of the Universe like Scarlett Johansson’s character in Lucy (2014). Neuroplasticity will basically help you adapt to what could become a new routine or a new normalised situation.
Say you spend a few hours driving your car at 70mph and you suddenly find yourself in traffic; you are forced to reduce speed down to 50mph and you feel like you are going very slow. However, 50mph would be far too fast if you were driving through a city centre.
Your brain would have adapted to the new speed and made it become normal. If you try hard enough, you can make this apply to any aspect of your life, in order to change a routine in your life. Do you want to learn a language? Well, go ahead and do it! Your brain will thank you and it will change its structure in such a way that it will become easy to even learn an extra language or a new skill.
Mondays are, by far, the worst day of the week. What if we started the week on Tuesday? Our perception of it as the first day of the week would be so different that your brain would have to change the way it works. Your neurons would reprogram themselves so that the change does not feel like a shock.
This is how intelligent and self-sufficient our brains can be.
How are you going to train your neuroplasticity?
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