4 interesting facts about brains that you need to know today
Our brains are all unique, however there are ways your brain is the same as everyone else’s. We know how to brain works, how it creates pathways and how it learns. Once you know these things, its then a matter of how you are taught to deal with it that makes all the difference.
So let’s get stuck into it.
4 ways your brain is the same as everyone else’s
Brains create pathways
your brain creates neural pathways for everything. The only reason you know how to do something is because you made a pathway for it all those years ago. The only kicker? your brain doesn’t know the difference between good pathways and bad habit pathways – that’s where it changes for individuals
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Brains are adaptable
Because brains make pathways, it is totally adaptable with some effort. What I mean by that is, it needs time and repetition in order to create new pathways and adapt to the environment. Brains are awesome, it’s why people who are blind say they can hear better than average joe – adapt and change to survive.
Brains need looking after
In all ways of the words ‘looking after’ brains need it for healthy performance. Want the most out of your brain, feed it good food, hydrate it and exercise it. It’s a muscle after all, so those pathways you worked so hard to make once upon a time can be forgotten and replaced for more important ones. Treat it like a friend, talk to it nicely. If you tell it, it’s no good, guess what will happen? it won’t work to it’s full potential.
Brains need more time the older they get
As you age, so does your brain. It may come as no surprise to you that your brain will need more time and effort to learn new things, process things or change pathways. But give it the time and effort and you will be surprised with what you can accomplish.
We have become so good at pointing out what is wrong with how our brains operate, and really shit at noticing how widely capable we are.
It will come as no surprise to you that each brain is its own individual. With all the information we are yet to discover, how your brain operates is something only you can explore.
You know what you think.
But why is this still seen as some secret you need to let everyone know?
We celebrate the differencing in abilities on the sports fields, that those who are fast will help drive the team forward in the same way someone who is tall or short will have their own strengths.
So why does talking about the differences in how our brains operate at their peak performance become so hush hush?
In the same way that our mental health struggles are starting to be voiced, so too does the understanding that our strengths lie in the power of our minds.
It’s the same as having work experience in one sector but not in another. It’s the same as having a team of diverse individuals from different cultural backgrounds trying at achieve the same outcome. It should not feel like you are being judged for accepting how much more productive you could be if you stopped hiding how your brain works.
And what happens if we all start to discuss our little brain secrets?
Accepting that you are not like the person sitting next to you. Accepting that you could be more productive if you had some small accomodations. Celebrating the amazing ways in which you can positively contribute to your team and community.
Acceptance is not the same as ‘letting them off’, ‘going easy’ or ‘giving them a chance’, it’s about raw and real embrace of differences.
It’s making accomodations that may seem insignificant to you but will create an environment where individualism and acceptance is the core of your community.
It’s the type of acceptance that breeds acceptance. To not only the ones in your immediate community, but to those outside of it and beyond.
But the most important, the acceptance of your own mind. Your own capabilities.
You are creating happier people who back themselves, because of the way their brain works, not in despite of it.