A few years ago, a back cover of one of the most important media in our country, jumped to the headlines of psychology with an interview with François Ansermet (Psychiatrist of the Hospital of Geneva) in which the great headline was: “We can't think twice with the same brain. ”
I have to say that not only as a psychologist but as a person I lacked the time to decipher that headline.
In summary what this psychiatrist expressed was that Any experience that happens to us modifies the way we process information.
This fact is really more than curious, since if we stop to reflect on it, it is extrapolated that everything we live in our day to day "modeling" our brain.
- 1 Is our brain changing?
- 2 How can we benefit from a changing brain?
- 3 Words as pills for our well-being
- 4 Are words enough to change our brain?
Is our brain changing?
We have all heard Pablo Neruda's phrase: “U.S, then, not anymorewe are the same”.
Really, it's amazing how Pablo Neruda in one sentence rebels one of the great pillars of psychology: The experiences, always impact on us: sometimes in a positive way a learning emerges, sometimes in the form of pain and perhaps some of us may not even be aware.
The reality is that it has been shown that the brain is constantly changing. The brain not only with age, with the relationships we establish but with experience.
Different studies have revealed that experience modifies brain connections, that is to say: it is known that all the information we process is done through neural circuits.
The result of different studies, shows us that each significant experience provokes in our brain instead these synaptic connections, therefore the pathways of the information processed by our brain do not stop changing.
How can we benefit from a changing brain?
We live in a society that for different reasons tends to overmedication. The lack of time, the need for immediate results leads us to use pills in certain cases to alleviate the symptoms instead of working from the base of the problem and therefore, to inhibit the symptom from the base, from the psychotherapy and the change in Our learning circuits.
The fact that our brain is changing opens up a multitude of doors. If we understand that words are a type of experience when they impact the person, we can extrapolate the fact that words as experience can modify our brain and therefore change the way we process information in the case that this is not positive for our well-being.
Words as pills for our well-being
As a psychologist, I often find that the patients who come to my office do not present a complex problem in extremis. Occasionally, they have acquired an erroneous way to process the information, and therefore a learning that causes discomfort.
For example: If I had a car accident as a child, but I have been able to work on that experience and refute that learning by going up again by car and seeing that the chances of having an accident are few, I might directly develop a phobia acquired by bad learning to get in by car.
What this article allows us, is once again to describe the work that many times as psychologists we carry out: to evoke the negative lived experience and reinterpret it, being able to re-inscribe it in the memory in a different way, performing an exercise of “reinterpretation” of that truth .
It is important to be aware of the erroneous learning we commit, since being aware of them will allow us to detect them and therefore work on them.
Words are key tools to work our mind and emerge a more adaptable and balanced perspective for our well-being.
Are the words enough to change our brain?
Once again I encourage you to understand the human mind from its complexity.
Words are necessary and often comfort the discomfort, but to believe that changing our learning will be enough for our well-being, it would be a simplistic sin.
The way we process information is key to our physical and emotional well-being, but we must remember that people are often not the result of a cause-effect exercise, but between the cause and the effect there are many other factors that are influencing.
Recognize that the brain is never the same twice, it seems like a hope window to the possibility that we can all be closer every day to what generates in us resources and tools to feel balanced, satisfied and self-realized.
As William Golding said: “We must revindicate the value of the word, a powerful tool that can change our world. ”