Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Chronic complaining just makes everything worse

“Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any better.” ~ Anon

Neuroscience teaches us that neurons that fire together, wire together, Annie Wood writes.
Donald Hebb, a Canadian neuropsychologist, coined that phrase back in 1949. What this means is that whenever we think a thought or have a feeling or physical sensation, thousands of neurons are triggered and they all get together to form a neural network
With repetitive thinking, the brain learns to trigger the same neurons each time. So, if you keep your mind looping on self-criticism, worries, and how nothing is working out for you, your mind will more easily find that part of your brain and will quickly assist you in thinking those same thoughts again. 
This shapes your mind into greater reactivity, making you more vulnerable to anxiety.
It's like cars on a muddy road make the ruts deeper each time. So the lesson in all of this is to not drive on muddy roads. Or something.

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