Psychology: With this habit we damage our brain

Psychiatrist reveals
This habit is damaging your brain more than you think

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We often believe that what our minds think about doesn’t make much of a difference. They’re just thoughts… But they have more influence than we think.

Are you also big on putting yourself down? “Well, you did a great job again,” you might think when you make a mistake. “You’ll never get it right, what’s wrong with you?” When we constantly think bad things – especially about ourselves – it actually weakens certain parts of ourselves brain.

Dr. Daniel Amen is a psychiatrist and brain specialist and shares tips about mental health and the health of our brain on his Instagram account. A video is about how much we harm ourselves with negative thought loops and, above all, a poor view of ourselves.

“You can’t do anything!”: How bad thoughts about ourselves damage our brains

Negative thoughts inhibit activity in our cerebellum. The cerebellum, called cerebellum in Latin, is a part of our brain that is responsible as a control organ for motor functions. It coordinates our physical movements, but also our language and thought processing as well as our ability to speak.

By cultivating negative thoughts and putting ourselves down, we damage our cerebellum and can even contribute to our speech center and our thoughts being even more disturbed and as a result we make more mistakes – a vicious circle. We put ourselves down because we can’t do something and believe we’re not good enough – and in doing so, we can indirectly contribute to making things less successful for us.

So it’s anything but a stupid calendar saying that we should believe in ourselves and have a positive image of ourselves. In doing so, we promote healthy activity in our cerebellum, which in turn ensures that our motor skills and language center function well.

Study shows: Negative thoughts and rumination can increase the risk of dementia

One scientific study by University College London (UCL) was even able to show that constant negative thinking, worrying and brooding can increase the risk of brain diseases such as dementia. 360 people aged 55 and over took part in the study.

Using surveys and brain scans, the research team found that participants who had more negative thoughts had weaker memory, general receptivity and language skills. The risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia was also increased in these people due to certain protein deposits in the brain.

Escape the negative spiral of thoughts with mindfulness

So if you’re the type of person who likes to put yourself down and is generally prone to negative thought loops, then you might benefit from working on this habit. Because you’re doing a lot more damage to your brain than you might think. Of course, it’s not about falling into toxic positivity and simply pushing away every negative thought. But carefully observe what thoughts arise when something doesn’t go the way you like it. By looking at them from a little distance, you might eventually be able to stop letting the negativity take over you so much.

Sources used: instagram.com/doc_amen, alz-journals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com, ucl.ac.uk

Bridget


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