Your brain is neuroplastic meaning it is changed by your repeated experiences throughout your entire lifespan, not just childhood. At any age, most people can learn how to direct your brain to overcome obstacles, make desired changes and engage with life more fully and completely.
It means that our experiences change our brain. When we learn something new, a change occurs as to which the neurons fire and in what pattern. New connections are made between neurons and this is the hallmark of neuroplasticity ~ “neurons that fire together, wire together.” The pattern is eventually wired into our brain’s quick-fire action and a habit is born. This shows up as new ideas, which is good, or as bad habits which is not. Imagine the possibilities!
The new and prolific research being done in interpersonal neurobiology, and neuroscience in general, has changed the face of psychotherapy and how we view aging. We now know, without exception, that our brain changes throughout our life. A few areas of our brain can actually grow new neurons. Fortunately one of these areas is the hippocampus which is largely involved in forming memories and long term storage for ease of retrieval to use in remembering and make plans for the future.
Ponder these words from business mogul and educator Edith Warton – Habit is necessary; it is the habit of having habits, of turning a trail into a rut that must be incessantly fought against if one is to remain alive.
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