• We've always knew that something was extremely weird on an adolescent brain. We have all been there (and suffered it!), and some of us have to interact with one on a daily basis. -I am talking about dealing with a biological teenager's brain, not with someone that's behaving like one but has long ago overcome his 20's. This is a complete different story, and an argument for a whole new post-.

    It looks like the pre frontal cortex, which is the most recently evolved part of the human brain, where, adult behaviour seem to happen: long-term planning, executive function, impulse control, emotional regulation...is not being fully developed until your mid 20's.

    Combine that with an unbridled overdose of hormones, and you have an explosive cocktail Molotov. 

    Want to know why? Research shows that this might occurs due to one of the cleverest things that brains ever evolved.

    Want to know more? Keep reading. Robert Sapolsky explains it beautifully in ...

  • Without inner narratives we would be lost in a chaotic world.

    Although Burton's article brilliantly warns us about the risky relationship between science and our natural tendency to storytelling and the fatal consequences that this innate characteristic of us might imply, in my compilation below I've chosen to focus on his rigorous illustration on why our brain needs to construct stories to make sense of the world we live in.

    Looking for an extremely quick correlation and more than probable prediction on what's out there, has an incalculable value for our survival and well being, but is not always accurate. We have to remember that those correlations are no more than speculations of a probable scenario, that although possible, is, still, a construction.

  • "Thoughts determine feelings. Remember that. Make a note. Get a tattoo. This powerful idea goes back thousands of years to the Stoics".

    Feelings aren’t truth incarnate.

    Emotions are useful, but they are our biological suggestions, not commandments. Our brain is a pattern-recognition machine. It makes observations and starts forming rules about the world. It’s really good at this. It creates automatic thoughts based on previous experience to simplify our way through life.

    But sometimes our brain makes errors when it’s forming its rules, and the most common error is "better safe than sorry" acting as an overprotective parent.

    So maybe that automatic emotional reaction, that gut feeling isn't really adjusting to reality.

    And so? What to do?


    Eric's Barker approach on states on Aaron's Beck book ...