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Posts Tagged ‘Mental Fitness’

The Cerebral Cortex and its Convolutions

Cerebral cortex (mainly composed of small, unmyelinated neurons) is gray and it is often referred to as the gray matter. In contrast, the layer beneath the cortex is mainly composed of large myelinated axons, which are white and often referred to as the white matter. Humans’ cerebral cortex is deeply convoluted. The convolutions are increasing…

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Mind-reading and False Expectations

Expecting your partner to read your mind and know what will make you happy is unrealistic and leads to disappointment and resentment. This works for both men and women equally. Life would be very tedious indeed if you had to anticipate what others wanted. “It would be like treading on eggshells, worrying about upsetting everyone.…

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Perception and Behaviour – Irritating Behaviours

I find this book (“Side by Side” by Jo Lamble & Sue Morris) so useful and straight forward that it doesn’t require any comments or additions. There it is – another take-home message: ‘Hierarchy of irritating behaviours: Think of the five most irritating things your partner does. Rank them in order from least to most…

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Challenging Unhelpful Thoughts

Important! New thoughts do not have to be falsely positive (wishful thinking), but realistic thoughts. The bottom line is to aim for calmness, less anger and/or less anxiety. Shifting in emotion might be enough to produce a more helpful and productive behaviour. So as to work out the new thoughts, it is useful to ask…

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What causes Feelings & Behaviour?

A Situation triggers Thoughts that cause Feelings & Behaviour Clear thinking is based on the premise that the way you think influences the way you feel and how you behave. In other words, it is your interpretation or opinion about a situation that causes you to feel the way you do. Your interpretation of a…

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Quote of the Day

Potter Stewart (an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court) once said: “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have the right to do and what is right to do.” And that says it all, I think.  

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