Trans4mind Home Page
~ Making the Human Heart Visible ~

Looking for a better life?

Get effective help with the biggest challenges you face. Start today…
FREE WORKSHOP - FREE LIFE ASSESSMENT - FREE CONSULTATION

Using the Brain

By Peter Shepherd

I received this email the other day:

While web surfing, I saw one of your PDFs and it said that we only use about 4 to 10 percent of our mental abilities. By "mental abilities" I'm assuming you're referring to our brains. For a long time I thought this was true also, but then later learned it was junk science. You can learn more about it at this site. This web page discusses the origin of this myth and evidence against it. Come to think of it, the myth shouldve sounded fishy from the beginning. Have you ever heard a doctor say, "Yes, he was shot in the head with a .44 Magnum but he'll be okay because luckily the bullet only damaged the 90 percent of his brain he didn't use"?

These are valid criticisms of a cliché that's glibly made about 'brain power'. Certainly all the brain cells are normally in use, at varying degrees of arousal. However, I was referring to mental abilities, not just to brain cells. In our culture with a typical upbringing and psychological development, we only normally use a small proportion of our potential mental abilities - those such as memory, speed-reading, intuition, psychic, creativity, rationality, awareness, and so on.

These are skills that can be learned rather than neurons magically coming to life. And in terms of the whole person, the mind is more than the brain and the spirit is more than the mind. However, there are indeed nervous system changes that accompany development of mental skills, such as increased development of the (normally under-used) corpus callosum (L/R communication), corresponding neural interconnections, changes in balance of brain-wavelength arousal, changes in ability to arouse particular brain centers consciously, changes in stress level (sympathetic vs parasympathetic arousal), and in neurotransmitter chemistry. Nutrition affects these factors too. There is a great deal of room for positive development!

Peter Shepherd is the founder and producer of the Trans4mind personal development website and author of 'Daring to be Yourself.' He edits and publishes the Inspiring Quotes of the Week Plus and with a team of colleagues has recently launched the amazing Trans4mind Personal Development Training. Get in touch with Peter here.

More personal development articles at the Counterpoint Article Library

From our extensive site, you'll find good info on many topics using this search:

Looking for a better life?

Get effective help with the biggest challenges you face. Start today…
FREE WORKSHOP - FREE LIFE ASSESSMENT - FREE CONSULTATION

A great way to support your Trans4mind Training is to use these popular and effective hypnosis downloads...

  • The Next Level ~ Designed to radically boost your performance in any field. It's based on a technique used by top athletes and other successful people to help them make a big stride forward.
  • Create Your Own Reality ~ Use the power of your unconscious mind to transform your life.
  • Deeper Self Respect ~ Use hypnosis to connect with your true inner worth.
  • Detach From Fear ~ Tune out nervousness and anxiety with hypnosis.
  • Generalized Anxiety Treatment ~ Use hypnosis as a generalized anxiety disorder treatment and you can feel calm today.
  • Improving Concentration and Focus ~ Learn how to discipline, direct and command your mind to improve your performance.
  • Exercise Motivation ~ Give you powerful keys to getting back on track with your exercise - and staying there.
  • Overcoming Shyness ~ Provides an invisible security blanket allowing you to develop social ease and overcome shyness.
  • Quick Confidence Booster ~ An audio hypnosis session that's specifically designed to get you (quickly!) back on track.
  • Stop Negative Thoughts ~ Learn powerful hypnotic techniques to stop negative thoughts before they start.
  • Overcoming Procrastination ~ Let hypnosis help you get on with what you need to do, when you need to do it. Let nothing hold you back.
  • Think Thin ~ Use hypnosis to re-train your brain and lose weight naturally... that's how to get and stay slim.
  • Fall Asleep Fast ~ Relearn how to fall asleep fast and enjoy a good night's sleep.
Search on an issue that interests or concerns you...
 
Copyright © 1997-2016 Trans4mind Ltd