What No One Ever Told You About How Your Brain Works
The brain works in patterns. These patterns are formed as a result of learned fears and habits, trauma, injury, or birth defects.
Irrespective of the cause for the dis-balance of brain waves and fixed patterns, these can be changed with the help of Neurofeedback.
For example, your habits like walking, cycling, using your smartphone, driving, etc. are all a result of neural pathways formed in the brain with repetition. These have become fixed patterns.
The more these pathways are used, the stronger they become. That is why you don’t have to think and concentrate while doing these things. They happen automatically. Even your tendency to get anxious, stressed out, overwhelmed, or angry is a learned behavior operating in fixed patterns.
That is why self-control, will power and positive thinking does not really help. It’s like watering and fertilizing a plant whose roots are damaged.
Ever wondered why no matter how much you tell yourself to stay calm, be relaxed, or stay focused, you still get stressed, irritated, anxious, or angry? Now you know why.
Your behavior is governed by your brainwave patterns which are operating on a set of neural pathways. Only when these pathways are interrupted or new suitable pathways are formed, does your behavior change.
Here’s How You Can Retrain YOUR Brain!
The good news is, you don’t really “do” anything as in, there’s no physical activity involved. The organ does everything on its own. It has the ability to take feedback and auto-correct itself.
When it is shown what to do and then rewarded for doing it, it does that repeatedly, and, lo and behold, a new neural pathway is formed! This is known as a reward-based, feedback system. Neurofeedback training is feedback for Neuro (brain). It is a safe, gentle, non-invasive way to train the brain to work at its individual optimal level.
How We Get Your Brain Back In The “Ideal Zone” While You Watch Movies!
This is exactly how a Neurofeedback training session works:
During a Neurofeedback training session, electrodes are placed on your scalp. (no, nothing goes inside your brain!) The electrodes are then attached to a computer that reads your brain activity. You then watch a movie on a television screen. This can be any movie of your choice. Whenever your brain accesses a peak performance zone, it gets a reward. This reward is in the form of a clear unwavering picture on the screen and sound.
Whenever your brain function is not in that zone, the picture becomes dull, smaller in size, or appears faded. As your brain function naturally wants to see the clear picture, it accesses the zone again and again. And the picture and sound again become clear.
You don’t have to do anything consciously to make this happen. Your brain automatically adjusts to find that peak performance zone.
This happens thousands of times in a single session of approximately half an hour. Don’t worry, it’s barely perceptible. You can still enjoy watching your movie.
When people do their first Neurofeedback session they are amazed by the technology and the process. Nobody has ever seen anything like it.
Now your brain is being trained to operate in a particular desired zone. As we said earlier, the more times this is done, the stronger it becomes. Now, with repetitions, this becomes a habit and the ‘go-to’ neural pathway for the brain.
Now the colleague, whose mere presence would make you irritable and angry, is left wondering what magic pills you’re taking that has made you so calm!
People with anxiety report, again and again, how much calmer and less stressed they’ve become. Patients say they don’t get angry or impatient so quickly. They find themselves sleeping more soundly and waking up refreshed.