Updated: Nov 13, 2020
How are you being today?
This blog will give you a snapshot of what a superhuman you are. The organ that is responsible for your ability to balance your being and doing.
Do you know what your functioning #brain could do to help you achieve a healthy and fulfilling life?
I believe it is essential to understand the basics of the brain. It is certainly the case if you are a young adult interested in learning how to rewire yours to work to your advantage. Understanding the fundamentals of how my brain works and its developmental processes have helped me develop a greater sense of awareness. I feel more in control of my thoughts and emotions. I believe I understand what might be going on in my body as I challenge and change my thoughts, and take relevant steps in achieving my doings.
What makes us human beings?
Our doings makes us human beings. Doing, in this case, is our (Thoughts, Feelings, and Actions). And whatever you want to become or be doing is created by your thought. Our doing starts with a thought (an idea) which tends to become a reality. The thought process takes place in our enormous, complicated human brain.
The Superhuman Brain in its Simplest Form
The brain is made up of billions of interconnected nerve cells (Neurons) coming together to form different parts or centres. Each takes on various roles in controlling and coordinating the behaviours of a living body. The elements of the brain I will focus on are the thinking (Prefrontal Cortex) and emotional (Limbic System) centres.
The Thinking Brain
The singularly static, secretly silent brain is capable of wonderful things. It works in harmony with other parts of the brain by releasing appropriate chemicals in our bodies. It also reacts and responds to external cues from the environment. The "Executive Functions" of the brain, known as the (Prefrontal Cortex) specialises in the control of the most important daily functions. This is where the conscious cognition process takes place. E.g., Creativity, problem-solving, and burdening our thoughts with emotion while making decisions.
The Emotional Brain
The human brain is a very complex structure and a product of billions of years of evolution. The Limbic centre is also known as the primitive part of the brain. It is a group of small parts in the middle of the brain that simply exists for our survival. It is unconsciously constantly scanning the environment for pleasures and threats.
Both parts of the brain are what form the human mind. They are both #doers. The thinking mind also known as the rational brain is what helps us learn and guide us through the relevant steps of achieving all our doings.
The emotional mind, also known as the reptilian brain connects with the mid brain. This is the part humans share with other animals for survival. This part doesn't know that you are reading this blog at the moment. It's sole function is the "four Fs" according to Howells (2018) Fleeing, Fighting, Feeding and Fornicating and leaving it on its own to make judgements can lead to thinking traps or errors.
The mind, as it is called, is a mysterious set of cognitive processes embedded in the working of the brain. Our brain, body, and mind are interrelated. The thoughts about what we sense and what it represents (pleasure or danger) sends information to the brain that automatically generates our emotional response (feelings) and our reactions (behaviours) to it.
Think Mind & Emotional Nurturing
Both the thinking brain and emotional brain work together. However, before you start wanting to learn to become someone or do anything; first, you want to learn to "BE". Then, you balance your being with your doing.
This means, for you to learn to think flexibly and rationally, first you will want to calm the emotional mind. This is the principle of THINK MIND & EMOTIONAL NURTURING and the foundation of balancing BEING and DOING.
Do you want to learn more about What Makes You a Human Being in unleashing your potential?
David, A. (2019) The Secret Life of the Brain: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Mind
McDowell, P. E. (2015) Thinking about Thinking: Cognition, Science, and Psychotherapy
Howells, L. (2018) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Adolescents and Young Adults: An Emotion Regulation Approach