Showing posts with label Psychology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Psychology. Show all posts

Your Thinking can make you Super-Human

Very few people utilize the power of thinking or the power of mind. Most of us believe in physical strength and some believe in power of brain (tricks/technology to make tasks easier), but very few know that our thinking in the key to everything. If a muscular guy feels defeated in his thinking, then a physically inferior but mentally strong guy can easily defeat him.
Wim Hof
Do you know that Wim Hof climbed mount Everest wearing nothing but shorts. He believes that its done due to his will power (the power of thoughts) which made his body capable of handling such cold temperature.
Here we will discuss some facts related to your thinking and physical abilities. These abilities might seem difficult to earn, but if earned then they can make you super human. Super-humans are not made by just their physical abilities but their thinking abilities.

You are only as tired as you think : In a research some subjects were told that their REM Sleep will be measured, to measure their sleep quality. In the morning half of them were told that REM sleep record was good and they had a good sleep, while half of them were told that their REM sleep was much lesser than normal and they didn't get enough quality sleep. The truth was that nobody was measuring their REM sleep. But those who were told that they slept good, remained active and awaken throughout the next day, while those who were told about their bad sleep, felt tired and inactive. It shows that we only feel as much tired as we think we are. It also means that we can fool our brain by our thoughts.
Note : Here is a simple trick that you can practice yourself. If you are capable of doing 30 push-ups and you usually count it from 1 to 30 before taking a break. The next time you do it, count it from 1 to 15 and then again start counting from 1 without any break. You will definitely go above 15 (total above 30) very easily. Earlier the 30th pushup might have been the most demanding, but when you divide your counting into two, then your brain thinks that it is still 15th and don't let you feel tired.

Placebo works : Placebo are those medicine, which are really nothing but just plain sugar or starch. But in most of the cases they work, as the patient thinks that it is some actual medicine which will make him healthy. Here again the power of our thinking does the job. It means that our thinking can make our immune system stronger, we just need to fine tune our thinking.
Note: Placebo works even when a patient is told that he/she is taking a placebo (with full explanation), along with the information that placebo work better than actual medicines. It simply means that if we believe in something then it works. It is the power of thinking.
Do you know that if a doctor tells you about the possible side-effects of some medication, then chances of getting those side-effects doubles. It is because you start thinking about those side-effects and you get them.

How to trick your body to be in shape: If you can fool yourself that the daily work that you do is far more better than exercising and most of the people don't do such work which is equivalent to workout, then in a few weeks or months you will find that you are in far better shape than before. Researchers did such research on people in similar work environment and found that those who were told their daily work is equivalent to workout at gym, get into better shape than before, while no such effect was found on other people.
Similarly if you know that your habit of eating fast food is making your obese and eating salad don't stop your craving as you want to eat a burger, then use a trick. After eating salad just say it to yourself that you just ate a burger, and make your brain believe it. If you succeed then you will definitely feel full for a longer duration.
A $2.50 pain medication will work better than a 10 cent medication, even if both of them contain same salts, just because we believe that costlier means better and effective.
Your thinking can make you energetic : If two people drink same energy drink, but one was told it was nothing but plain water and other was told that it was most powerful energy drink, then the later one will definitely feel more energetic and will perform better than his/her normal ability.

The power of thinking developed eyesight of a blind women : According to Washington Post it happened. A 37-year-old blind German woman who was suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (also known as Multiple Personality) developed vision in one of her personalities. After through research scientists proved that she was not faking it. Her eyes worked only with some of her personalities out of the 10 distinct personalities she had. Reference

If you have listened about Rhonda Byrne's "The Secret", then you might be aware of the power of positive thinking. That books suggests that if you think a lot about something then the vibes of that thinking work for you and you get what you think. It works for both positive and negative thinking. If you think that you are diseased, then you will be in sometime. The author also suggested how your positive thoughts can be made more effective by implementing those thoughts in your words and activities.

Maharishi Effect: Transcendental Meditation techniques, not just affect your body in a positive way, but also the environment and the thinking of people around you. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi predicted this effect in 1960 and then in 1976 scientists confirmed that when 1% of a community practiced the transcendental meditation, the crime rate was reduced by 16% on average. It shows the power of positive thinking and its impact on society.

So next time you imagine a super-human, don't predict him/her to be very muscular, but a normal human being with an average body but a strong mind with very powerful thinking ability. Real strength lies in your mind, not your muscles.

Do you think that you think a lot !

The mind of a normal human being go through 20,000 – 80,000 thoughts/day, which means 1500 – 3,300 thoughts per hour. Some of you might be thinking that they don't really think that much but this count is estimated after a lot of research. The count of thoughts may vary from person to person but even the least thinking person thinks a lot in reality. We often assume that if a person talks less the he/she thinks less, but in most of the cases it is just opposite. Why do we think so much ? And even if we think that much, do those thoughts change into actions ?
Our mind is a butterfly that keeps wandering on flowers of thoughts in an unpredictable manner. Only difference is that speed of our mind is much higher.
Most of the thoughts that come in our mind are useless and unimportant. A certain part of our thoughts change into reality after a lot of analysis by our brain. Our thoughts make us and create our whole personality. Most of our thoughts are not even worth sharing. Our thoughts accompany us everywhere irrespective if we are in crowd or alone. Our thoughts follow us even when we dress up, eat, exercise, walk, talk, drive, cook, work or have a bath.

Here are some facts about our thinking process
  • Thinking is not a conscious process, as most of the thinking takes place unconsciously.
  • When we are anxious or worried then our thinking process become so fast that we may start feeling tired even without any physical activity.
  • Even while reading this article you are moving your eyeballs after a lot of electrical impulses inside your brain. Even conscious or unconscious action of your body is made after a thought.
  • Every thought in your brain can't be changed into sentence. Every thought can't be verbalized.
  • Sometimes too much thinking slows us down in the real work that we were doing.
  • Our thinking affects the works we do and the works we do affect our thinking as well. So if you want to change the way you think, it is better to indulge yourself in some work that can keep your mind busy in itself and don't let your mind divert towards the topic that you want to avoid.
Education is not the learning of facts, but training the mind to think.
- Albert Einstein
When we talk to someone, our mind keeps commenting inside our brain and our mouth speaks only the selected thought which is most appropriate to talk. Even when we are just hearing to someone, thoughts related to that talk keep our brain occupied. Sometimes our thinking can be so deep that we can even visualize scenes inside our brain, and don't really see whats happening in front of our eyes. Sometimes we get stuck on one sentence or thought so much that we start thinking about that one thing and not even hear any further talk actually happening, and then suddenly realize that we have missed the real talk.

Do you think that you can stay on one thought for more than 10 seconds? Just think about anything and try not to be distracted from that one thought. Every inhale or exhale of yours will try to distract you to jump from one thought to another. You can never stay on one thought unless you are in mood to fool yourself. But if you are doing something that you like then you may stay longer but several thoughts related to that same thing may keep occupying your mind. However practitioners of meditation techniques can decrease the count of thoughts and keep themselves more calm than others.

How to witness your thoughts ?
Just try to watch the thoughts coming in your mind, it is not as hard as we assume. People who practice meditation often practice to witness their thoughts. While doing so, they often try to keep it on one thought. Experienced practitioners of meditation techniques like Yoga say that main objective of their practice is to attain "samadhi", which is a stage where one can attain a stage where no though occupies the brain.

It is our thinking process that make us human. Either we call it mind or brain, thinking process inside it is the basic reason behind our supremacy over other species. Our brain has evolved so much only due to the thinking process.