You may be holding a belief that only children’s brains are able to change, grow, and develop, and that once you mature, your brain and personality become “fixed”—good news, this is not true!
This was how psychologists used to understand personality in the past, but Martha Beck, Ph.D., assures us this is not the case. That’s really good news!—especially for those who are working hard on self-development.
In this video, Beck says that in the past 15 years, psychological research has blown the lid off all those psychological development theories from the past.
“We now know that your brain responds to conditioning throughout life,” says Beck. And we can change our habitual thinking, and consciously change our negative personality into a positive one.
One suggestion Beck advises is to keep a gratitude journal in order to pull our thinking into the positive place of “appreciation,” something that can feel very uncomfortable and awkward at first.
By focusing on kindness and gratitude, it’s not only your attitude that changes.
Mind and matter are connected; therefore, your physical brain will also also continue to grow and change.
Mediation techniques can actually change the physical structure of the brain, opening it up to more happiness.