The neuroplastic brain
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I saw this amazing program about the neuroplastic brain – the brain is no machine or computer it is living tissue and it changes forever with every thought that passes through it.
Once, when I was in therapy, I was told that we develop behaviours and it is like establishing paths in our brain – whenever a situation occurs we will use the known path to move forwards. Therapy is a way to establish new paths and by exercising new thoughts we can learn to choose other behaviours and will have new paths.
This program told me that the therapist was really right. I showed a blind man learning to ”see” through his tongue – because the brain does not care where the signals comes from, it uses them to create a picture in the brain. It does not matter if the signals comes from the retina or from the tongue…amazing! This man could walk between two lines painted on the floor – it was slow but it worked.
Another story told about a woman who had lost her sense of balance through medication, doctors told her that she had to live with it. Special training helped her brain to reconnect and find a new source for balance – after some time she could even use a normal bike again!
It was also shown how different exercises could hep children with learning problems to ”reconnect” their brain and conquer dyslexia and other difficulties.
An I – of course – wonder how I can use this to reconnect my brain from compulsive overeating. There are many sparkers who has changed their thinking and behaviour, but I admit that I do not feel that hopeful. I can change for a while – my longest periods of healthy living has been sic- seven months – and then I fall back to the old paths. And the destructive thinking that I am useless and hopeless lurks my mind and occurs as soon as I stop blocking it.
Today I will have my appointment with a shrink and I will ask for cognitive behaviour treatment…
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