Breakthrough! Psychotherapy Can Change The Biology Of Your Brain

Here I go again with another brain article!  Forgive me or welcome this insight depending on your openness to new learning of how your brain functions.

Recent research findings have confirmed the neuroplasticity of the brain.  This is important.  What this means is that the brain can be changed it its essence – biologically.  This involves changing and uniting the two main brain systems – the proactive (left) and the experiential (right) sides of the total brain.

Psychology has often been portrayed as a “soft” science – and some aspects of it are.  However, certain practices of psychology are a part of the biological science of learning and memory and, thus, psychotherapy is a biological intervention.

Some of you already are applying brain neuroplasticity practices.  Crossword puzzles, learning a new language, brushing your teeth with a different hand, etc… are examples of doing things to create new brain cells and slow down various forms of dementia.

Drs. Steve Rogers and Carrell Dammann have researched and written well on this subject. It is not the intent of this article to go into the scientific processes involved but rather to offer enlightenment and hope for people having certain types of psychological or relationship issues.

Good psychotherapy builds on the neuroscience principle established by Dr. Hebb: “neurons that fire together, wire together”.  Certain types of psychotherapy create conditions where neurological connections can “wire together” more effectively the cognitive and emotional portions of the brain.  Thus the patient/client is able to think-feel-behave in a more effective integrated manner.

I have practiced a form of this brain change for many years and have found it to be very effective for most of my patients/clients who chose to diligently practice the recommendations offered.  The therapy form is similar to creating a new habit; in fact that is exactly what it does. At first a person is uncomfortable with this new direction for the brain is used to the “familiar”) way – neurological pathway.  To be effective the old habit (neurological pathway) needs to be replaced by a new evolving habit (neurological pathway).  This may sound confusing and challenging – but, bottom line, it can be done!

If you are a person afflicted with thoughts and feelings that are disturbing and destructive, I strongly encourage you to learn more about this practical psychological tool.  Just as certain medications change the biology of your brain so, too, can certain psychotherapy techniques.

“The unexamined life is not worth living”     Socrates

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