How you can fool your brain into real change

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midlife superbrain

Anyone familiar with my previous posts knows I’m keen to change my brain.

I’ve read books, watched Youtube videos, scanned online articles and searched for legal strategies on how to alter brain chemicals.

I’m eager to change my brain because it plays tricks on me. In fact, everybody’s brain plays tricks. Reality is only a matter of interpretation and we filter information to correspond with our worldview.

This is great news.

It means I can trick my brain into believing I am a charismatic, talented, witty and stylish person because I say I am. And I can trick my brain into believing that everyone else will feel the same way about me, too.

It really is quite simple.

According to Richard Wiseman in Rip it Up, a self-help book for the science orientated, we can fool our brain into thinking anything we want. For example, if I practise smiling exercises each day I will become happier.  All I have to do is move my facial muscles, smile and hold it for 20 seconds and I’ll get a boost of  oxytocin, our inbuilt happiness hormone. (Check out Claire Bell’s great article about  Oxytocin and its many benefits.)

If I want to feel energetic then I have to make my body respond accordingly.  My brain will be fooled and sure enough I’ll start zipping around energetically without having to pretend anymore.

Which means I only have to think of what I’d like my brain to do. And it happens.

It’s like method acting where the actor remains in character both on and off the set, except in this scenario the movie never stops.

Or think of it as a reality-altering superpower.

All superpowers, of course, have a kryptonite and your brain isn’t stupid. It can only take so much fooling around before it becomes suspicious and the illusion cracks.

But you can have a lot of fun before your brain catches on.

And, in time, your brain really will change.

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Sue Bell is an entertainment writer and author of Backpacked: A mostly true story, Beat Street and When Dreamworks came to Stanley.


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