Braver Than Control Thoughts: How to Turn Your Subconscious Mind Into a Braver One! by ribbon-work

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Braver Than Control Thoughts: How to Turn Your Subconscious Mind Into a Braver One!
The ability to control thoughts and behaviors in any given situation is essential to successful coping with life's challenges. While this is not a "quick fix" technique, it is certainly a powerful tool to use when you feel stuck or frustrated. One of the major areas where we all have difficulty is to deal with unpleasant feelings. The following are some suggestions for you to start using as you work on removing negative thoughts from your life.
If you feel that you're suffering from a negative thought or phrase, try this technique: taking a moment to breathe deeply, count to ten, and mentally visualize a pleasant, calm, even loving experience. This exercise will regulate your neural response to the stressful or unpleasant context, and as a result, help you to more effectively cope with the negative thought or phrases that you're encountering. For instance, if you've been thinking about an unpleasant circumstance, such as being late to work, consider what it would be like if you were late to work each day. You might conclude that it's really unpleasant. By taking a moment to visualize this pleasant scenario, you can easily regulate your neural response to the situation, and thereby help you to overcome the negative thought, or phrase, associated with that situation.

If you've been thinking about a demanding trial or situation, think back to a time when you were successfully able to resist that challenge. What kind of difference would it make to you to have been able to successfully resist the challenge? By thinking back over your trial history, you can gain additional insight into how your neural response is structured. You might find that you can use this information to your advantage when facing similar situations in the future.

To further enhance your mind-blowing thought control ability, practice simple concentration and relaxation techniques each day. Focus on something you're grateful for, such as a family member or friend. Take a few deep breaths and relax. This will assist you to let go of any unpleasant thoughts that you may be experiencing at the moment. This will also increase your general well-being, as well as your acceptance levels and your happiness.

Practice "thought reflection," by noticing what kind of negative image or thought pops into your mind each time you see or hear something you don't like. For example, if you are upset about a family member's behavior on occasion, observe how that particular incident affects you. Write down the unpleasant thoughts that pop into your mind during that period. Now, try to switch your thoughts from those negative images or thoughts to more positive images and thoughts, such as one of your most cherished friends.

The last part of this experiment involves testing for changes in the power of your cognitive control adjustments. For this part, participants performed a filler task, such as verbally responding to a question while sitting in front of a computer screen. After the experiment, the researchers measured how long it took people to make their neural response to the visual stimulus. The results showed that the subjects who made fewer neural response trials to the filler item were able to make a quicker and more accurate judgment call than the subjects who showed an increased number of trial trials to the unattractive stimulus.

After reading the paper, I was quite curious to know what the significance of the graphs and figures were. In the Methods section of their paper they write that the time spent per individual waveform is equivalent to the amount of time it would take to change one's behavioral state from one of high arousal to one of low arousal. This was exciting to me because I had always wondered how waveform and neural response were related. It turns out that they use waveforms from the APA Cognitive Battery to make these measurements. If the researchers are correct and waveform measurements can measure this connection, then they have greatly improved our understanding of the mind.
My personal opinion is that the best way to change your state of mind is to do something that you enjoy. That way you are less likely to become stressed out and force yourself to perform a boring or unpleasant task. I also like the idea of using brainwave entrainment in order to achieve a better state of cognitive control. The idea of having to wear a brainchip in order to have access to my brain makes me cringe. But I suppose there are some advantages to it that I haven't thought of yet.
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