Technology has changed significantly over the last 50 years, we now have fabulous pieces of equipment that allow us to see inside the human brain. Today we understand more than ever before about how our brains actually work. The positive impact that this has had on the medical profession is phenomenal. Neurologists can now look at brain scans which tell the difference between normal and abnormal brain activity in cases such as Alzheimer’s, stroke and epilepsy. This new knowledge provides more accurate information that allows surgery to be carried out that has dramatically increased the quality of life to the sufferers. These technological advancements have also provided us with the information as to how our brains try to interpret and make sense of the world, what it pays attention to and how it monitors, modifies and reappraises itself on a second to second basis.

There are about 100,000 chemical reactions going on in our brains every second. Almost all these chemicals are known as neurotransmitters which mean they help in passing and modulating signals between neurons and other cells. These chemicals decide how you feel, they contribute to your happiness but when there is an imbalance they can cause emotional distress and disturbances like anxiety, irritability and sleep disorders which are normally associated with depression.

The adult brain is made up of 100 billion of these information processing neurons. The neurons communicate with each other by making connections called synapses. The network of connections among neurons creates complex brain systems that control all of our actions, perceptions, feelings and thoughts. When you learn something new your brain changes and because we are continually learning new things the neurons are constantly changing the shape of our brain.

An image of neurons firing: The brain learns best through repetition. We can use this knowledge to stop thinking and behaving one way and begin to think and act in another

The brain learning

Everything that you are or ever will be is a product of your brain. When we truly understand this amazing organ and how it works we can begin to focus our attention on choosing new experiences that will influence brain structure and brain function. If we pay attention to and regulate our emotions whilst constantly reappraising throughout our journey we can ensure we avoid any interference and negative states along the way.

Humans alone have the ability to create a plan in their head, visualise it and make it happen, create or interpret a Picasso, pen or direct a Harry Potter. We can also learn to control our temper, remove a fear or phobia, choose more appropriate responses to any situation, learn how to better process, encode, store and retrieve information and ultimately improve our memories.

All of this from a 3lb mass of grey matter that uses 12 watts, the same amount of power as a fridge light!

We must use this information to improve our social skills, our motivational skills, our states of mind, our emotional responses and our ability to manage our self and others. Whatever it is that is occupying your thoughts, keeping you awake at night, that dream or goal that always just seems to be out of your reach. You can achieve great things when you learn how to understand and use your brain to live the life you deserve!

Your Future

Is in your Hands