Our mind works according to an energy-saving principle, looking for shortcuts, relying only on some elements, jumping to conclusions. All reflexes that can help us quickly overcome many problems, find solutions, reach compromises and manage negative emotions. In some cases, as in these days of emotional tension and few certainties, these strategies lead us to wrong conclusions and to the development of incorrect beliefs about ourselves or others.
The causes of unhealthy behavior or negative thoughts are short circuits in the sphere of emotional habits. They make us feel sad, anxious or unmotivated, very often for no real reason.
Being able to identify and question these mental “viruses”, or cognitive errors, means being able to make unpleasant and intense emotions linger for less time in our minds.
Once we understand that our brain often does not make our long-term goals a priority, the solution is clear: we must learn how to activate our mind so that it can help us restore our brain to work for us and not against us.
The expert’s opinion
To control our emotions and the cognitive errors that arise, it is essential to be present and aware of what is happening to us. Scientific studies have shown that practicing awareness not only reduces emotional reactions, but it also reduces stress, improves the immune system and promotes a general sense of well-being.
Daniel Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry and medical faculty of the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center, introduces us to the world of awareness to learn how to develop awareness in our lives.
Test and Exercises
Mindfulness exercises, as demonstrated by neuroscience, have the power to rebalance your emotions, reduce stress and slow down your thinking.