Well, nobody ever thought in his true mind that change comes easy – least to your own brain, and thus yourself. But we also know that, if you cannot change yourself, you certainly will not be able to change anyone else.
I would have liked Caroline to explain what she did, exactly, during the one year she experimented ? Smiling at everybody whom she passed on the street, to feel happy if someone smiled back ?
Also her statement: “MEasuring your own cognitive bias is easy” remains just that, a statement. How so ?
Meta-cognition and a basic understanding of its uses seems to making a breakthrough.
The biases we all have (+ or -) may only become transparent when we deliberately examine an issue from our opposite biased standpoint.
God Bless you. MetaCognition, Metaphysics…we collectively are still in the Womb.
I thought this article would be a lot more informative. Research on our brains and how it dictates our actions is so advanced. It was disappointing.
As someone who has suffered from TBI, I can enthusiastically say that Caroline Williams is a fantastic, well-informed writer. She is pioneering and destigmatising the complexities of the many types of mental challenges people deal with.
Thank you, Caroline, for showing me new ways to help myself and offer encouragement to other people dealing with similar issues.
I hope you continue to share your findings in upcoming books!
Williams as a freelance journalist performs a significant role. She takes what can be a convoluted subject, digests it partially for us, and gives us a readable form. My most recent readings support my project of a life inventory in preparation of my own death. In the arena of brain research, I found the work regarding projection versus perception helpful. Further, I found that some of what Williams writes has a foundation in the classic Stoic philosophy. These concepts formed well over 2000 years in our past.
Cultivate manic depression and get the best of depressive motivation and positive motivation at different times?
Better off to read Doidge’s two books. In the second he debunks the efficacy of the placebo effect as a short-term effect. It and the nocebo effect are real but of moderate effect. Laying down new neural patterns takes 3 weeks minimum, not as fast as the placebo effect, but then in the second book “The Brain’s way of healing,” we’re talking about heavy duty things like TBI, MS, PD, and chronic pain, not IBS as in the placebo trial linked here. Anxiety and rumination are well covered in a chapter in his earlier book “The brain that changes itself.”
Sounds intriguing and enlightening.
I’m glad the author refuses the “One size fits all” approach so common in the self help noise that is out there today.
I will have to get my hands on this book soon.
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