I Think, Therefore I Am...I Think...Can You Control Your Thoughts? W/Bonus Analysis Paralysis

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Let's virtual couch showy. Let me give you a quiz. And i really. I think i did this in the episode long ago. This is from the russ harris book. The confidence gap and i'm going to read a little bit here. True or false. He says ready for a little quiz. Please answer true or false. Due to the following statements number one albert einstein was below average school student number. Two you use only ten percent of your brain in these are true or false number. Three positive self statements. Such as i will succeed. Or i'm lovable are a good way to boost low self esteem so wrestlers on the same. Most people answer true for most or all of these statements and this is only to be expected after all countless books and tv programs articles on self improvement. Tell you these things as if they were hard facts they tell you that einstein did poorly at school because the message would be if einstein could go onto such greatness despite his early failures than so can you or they tell you that you use percent of your brain so the message here that imagine what you could achieve all of your brain or they tell you that positive. Self statements will give you high self esteem and the message that it's easy to eliminate negative self talk and so as you may have already guests from my tone. All of these widely known frequently quoted air quotes. Facts are actually false so yes. Einstein did do poorly in french in his early teens but overall he was a good student excelling in math and physics and his marks in all subjects average more than eighty percent in his final year at school and only using ten percent of your brain. Raw sarah says This idea started in early. Nineteen hundreds but has been popularized in the past fifty years yet. Despite the fact that thousands of self development programs quote this fact you will never see one shred of hard scientific evidence that supports it. And that's because it's res- words. It is complete and utter nonsense. Scientists have studied the brain extensively in a myriad of different ways from mri's and pet scans to examination under a microscope. And guess what they have never located one single part of the brain that is redundant every part of it serves a function and you use one hundred percent of your brain every day if a stroke or tumor or disease or injury destroys even at tiny percentage of the brain than this usually results in a significant disability. And so what about those positive affirmations. Chances are that you've read or you've been told that you're experiencing self-doubt or low self esteem or generally lacking confidence in yourself. Then the solution is to think positive things about yourself over and over until you believe them so. Have you tried doing this and again if it has worked for you then amazing and fantastic and i do use positive self talk. There are certain times where. I think it works. Well i've done that with Ultramarathons i've envisioned courses. I've done that when i'm at mile. Seventy five and i'm tired and it's you know the middle of the night or i'm like you got this. You can do this now. My brain will still say no. You don't no you can't but there are times where i can get in the little flow or rhythm where that is working so again back to sarah's have you ever tried doing this and if so did it work for you or did you find that it just caused your mind to get into an argument with yourself and remember. This is me jumping in here. Psychological reacted the instant negative reaction of being told what to do. It's an eight. It's born within us and it works even in our own brain so when we tell ourselves do not think of white polar bear. We are brain. Says i will think of whatever i want. Here is the white polar bear so while motivational speakers and self help gurus loved to espouse the benefits of positive affirmations. And and i love how rest says this and the concept certainly appeals to common sense. But there isn't scientific evidence to show that it works. In fact he says. Science suggests the very opposite and two thousand and nine team of canadian psychologist julian would and john lee from the university of waterloo. And w q elaine Peru from the university of new brunswick published a groundbreaking study in psychological science magazine.

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