How our brains perceive the truth

The rise of “untruths”, fabrications and propaganda has led to a parliamentary inquiry into the “growing phenomenon of fake news”.   Yet the disconnect between the “truth” and how we see and read it has always been there. When we read something, we think it’s a process of “information transfer” from the outside world into our brain. But that’s not the way perception works at all.   The neural circuitry of perception can be thought of as a chain with information flowing from the “bottom up” – starting at the eyes and on up to the centres of higher brain function where judgements are made. But, in fact, there are as many “top down” connections pointing towards the eye.   Excerpt from The Guardian Online, to read the full article visit their website here.  

Resilience Awareness

Self-awareness helps you build resilience so you’re able to bounce back from any setback in your life.   When you understand your strengths and also areas for improvement, you’re able to adjust accordingly, acquire extra knowledge when necessary, and make positive decisions that reflect who you really are.   When we ‘burn out’, we experience mental and emotional exhaustion leading to a reduced level of satisfaction from our lives. Feelings of self-doubt creep in, as do harmful ways of achieving our unmet emotional needs. Whether that involves alcohol, food, smoking or other harmful means of self-medication.   As human beings we are adept to finding ways to squash the truth of what we are really feeling. We become so convinced that sometimes we are oblivious to the impact our habits and addictions are taking, dampening our ability to be in tune with our emotions.   Below are some of the ways you can start to create change and build on your existing resilience:
  • Reflect on the degree to which you feel your own emotional needs are being met
  • Catch up on the basics: Sleep well, eat properly
  • Spend time surrounding yourself with people and activities you enjoy
  • Connect with others who share your goals
  • Forward think: Start to challenge negative thinking
  • Remember: You can’t change the past, but you can always look toward the future
  • Be proactive: Don’t ignore your problems. Instead, figure out what needs to be done, make a plan and take action
  Resilience won’t make your problems go away but resilience can give you the ability to see past them, find enjoyment in life and better handle stress. If you aren’t as resilient as you’d like to be, Health Assured is on hand to help develop the necessary skills; it just takes practise.

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