Neuroplasticity is a term used to describe, that unlike previous belief about it, the brain has the capacity to create new neural connections, and modify older connections.
It had been previously thought that the brain had a fixed number of brain cells and that once these cells were ‘killed’ by alcohol, excessive stress or other trauma they would not regenerate. However after reading Norman Doige’s “The Brain that Changes Itself” it can be understood how the natural phenomenon ‘Neuroplasticity’ can be applied to assist people who are suffering depression or self-esteem issues.
It was widely believed that a person who has had Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) and later developed depression or low self esteem, that person’s condition will be harder to treat than those who have not had as severe experiences. It has also been demonstrated that the hypothalamus of these people was underdeveloped.
Now the question arises. If this person were to be be placed in a kind and protected environment and agreed to be kept there until his condition improved, would development of the hypothalamus resume?
I have intended for this article to be a continuation of an article I posted on Facebook last year. The article follows here:
“If you are troubled with low self esteem there is a solution. Low self esteem is common for people when they are in a state of depression. The bright side of this is that low self esteem is rarely comes from one’s self. It has usually stemmed from comments by parents, teachers or any other people who influenced our development.
For example you may have been told ‘You are stupid! You’ll never amount to anything.’ Such a comment given by a parent, teacher, older brother, sister or whoever, during a vulnerable moment could be enough for you to start to believe that you are stupid.
The subconscious mind could therefore become ‘primed’ to unconsciously seek proof from the environment that verifies the statement, thereby reinforcing low self esteem. So when something goes wrong in the person’s life, the unwilling response in the mind is ‘Oh! I AM stupid.’
People predisposed to this kind of reaction tend to focus on what goes wrong because they have been led to believe they are stupid. Their mind unconsciously ‘seeks’ cues from life events that reinforce the belief.
These people never give due recognition to things that go right in their life. They never give a thought to their positive qualities and attributes or things that they can do well, thereby maintaining the low self esteem.
The kind of thoughts, feelings, or beliefs associated with low self esteem are hardly ever self-generated. Your natural birthright and state of being is one that thrives and achieves and nothing less.
Modern science has shown the brain is not as ‘hard wired’ as it was once believed to be. New and more positive neural pathways can be created through repetition and reinforcement.
When you start to focus on your positive qualities, attributes and things that you can do well, you can overcome your beliefs or feelings of low self esteem. The secret to success is that it has to be done repetitively and consistently.
Over the next few weeks we shall be looking more into the science of ‘Neuroplasticity’ and how you can use it at your advantage to boost your self esteem.”
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