Your Brain is a Pessimist
(But You Don’t Have to Be)

Issue #139 – Monday, November 12, 2018

The holidays are coming up, and this is no time to be grouchy, down or negative.

However, your brain might automatically be pulling you in that direction. Why? Your brain is wired to be negative…

...for your own protection.

But, since we’re not living in caveman days any longer, we don’t need the same RED ALERT system we once did for our our survival. And, science has revealed our brain has “plasticity,” meaning that we can change this instinctual pull…

... and conquer the impulse toward negativity.

This essay from our founder, Bill Harris, explains all this, just in time for the holiday season. So you don't have to let...

...your inner Grinch steal the joy of the season.


MaryEllen Tribby

Centerpointe CEO

P.S. One of the most powerful ways in the world to reverse negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors... Holosync. Learn more in the “Check It Out” section below.

Seriously, this will change your life!

Your Brain is a Pessimist 
(But You Don’t Have to Be)

by Bill Harris
Founder, Centerpointe Research Institute

Did you know that your brain is wired to be negative?

This phenomenon started in your youth, while the two hemispheres of your brain were developing.  

Your right hemisphere is more involved with emotions, sensory experiences and pattern recognition…

...while the left hemisphere deals with language, logic, and problem solving.

Your right hemisphere developed first, which is more negative than the left (when it comes to emotions).

As a result, negative experiences early in life often have a long-lasting effect on self-perception, personality, and…

…your experience of the world.

How Memory Works

To make matters worse, your memory is also wired for negativity. To put it simply, you have two types of memory:

Implicit: Experiential memories that can’t be consciously recalled or easily explained. How to ride a bike, how to balance, how to steer.

Explicit: Memories that can be intentionally and consciously recalled. I rode my bike. I fell over the handlebars. I skinned my knee.

Implicit memory is nonverbal. Consider walking: it’s a complex action you know how to do, but you couldn’t put it into words. Your implicit memory system is based in the amygdala and exists primarily to remember–and help you avoid… dangers.

Because these memories are tied to survival, your amygdala holds on to them tightly.

Explicit memory, on the other hand, is verbal: You remember your mother’s name, or the multiplication table, or a famous quote.

The explicit memory system lives in the hippocampus. It doesn’t hold on to memories as tightly, allowing you to learn new, important information and forget what isn’t useful.

Your explicit memory is “plastic” changes (which is very good news). Your implicit memory, for the most part, doesn’t.

Like the left hemisphere, your explicit memory takes longer to develop. As a result, the young people store intense, negative memories in the amygdala, forever.

These negative memories color later experiences, causing you to perceive danger where there is none. This can have a huge negative effect on your function, your relationships…

...and just about everything else in your life.

(Sorry if this is getting you down–I promise there is light at the end of the tunnel.)

How to Conquer Negativity

There are many effective methods for conquering negativity. These are recommended by Dr. Joseph Annibali, chief psychiatrist of the Amen Clinics, in his groundbreaking book:

Reclaim Your Brain: How to Calm Your Thoughts, Heal Your Mind, and Bring Your Life Back Under Control.

  • Distract yourself. Invest yourself in a productive or enjoyable activity. When you become absorbed in an activity, your limbic system has a chance to calm.

  • Laugh. Find the humor in your negativity. Often, negative thoughts are irrational. Laugh at them (and yourself) for believing–but do so gently.

  • Take the ‘glass half full’ approach. All negatives–without exception–have a positive, or the seed of something positive. Challenge yourself to find that positive, whatever it may be.

  • Be grateful. Write three things you are grateful for. According to Annibali, studies have shown that writing things which you are grateful for changes the brain.

You’ve may have tried some of these before, possibly without success. If these methods haven’t worked for you, the most likely explanation is…

…your brain isn’t working correctly.

If you’ve been reading Mind Power, you know there’s a war going on between two major parts of your brain.

The War Inside Your Brain

What parts of the brain am I referring to?

Your limbic system, the source of the fight or flight stress response and the “I’m going to do this/buy this/eat this/say this now, and the heck with the consequences” response.

Your prefrontal cortex, the source of executive function, creativity, learning from mistakes, planning, rational thinking, and more.

If either of these is overactive or underactive, you could be experiencing many challenges or problems, or sabotaging yourself from developing the personal qualities... need in order to be happy and successful.

Unfortunately, these two parts of the brain ARE either overactive or underactive for about 98% of people!

The emotional turmoil you feel (negativity) is caused by an overactive limbic system. When your limbic system is overactive and in control, the problems of life are much more difficult.

The Solution to this Problem

The first, most powerful steps toward conquering negativity is calming the limbic system and enhancing the prefrontal cortex.

Here are some effective methods:


  • 5-HTP: Increases serotonin levels (low serotonin is associated with obsessive-compulsive behavior, depression, and anxiety)

  • L-theanine: Calming supplement; Increases alpha waves in the brain

  • Glycine: Calms brain activity in several areas of the limbic system

  • St. John’s Wort: Increases serotonin in the brain

  • GABA: Calms activity in the limbic system

Other Helpful Methods

  • Breathing: Slow breathing calms the limbic system

  • Exercise: Research shows that short 1-4 minute bursts followed by a rest period, repeated several times, are more effective than longer periods of less intense exercise

  • Nutrition: Diets high in protein, low in carbs, and high in “good fat” (coconut oil, avocados, butter, omega 3s, extra virgin olive oil) help keep the limbic system calm

  • Sleep: 7-8 hours of sleep a night helps keep the limbic system calm

Meditation: Countless studies show that meditation calms the limbic system AND enhances the prefrontal cortex

The Problem with Meditation

The problem with meditation is that few people actually are willing to do it! Meditation is hard to learn, and it takes a long time to see significant results.

Thankfully, it’s now possible to create the same brain changes as traditional methods, in a fraction of the time, using a technological approach.

Centerpointe’s Holosync technology does exactly that.

Using combinations of pure sine wave audio tones delivered to the brain through stereo headphones, Holosync creates the brainwave patterns…

…of an experienced 30-year meditator.

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This Really Happened

 Every time I meditate, the time seems to fly, to the point that I am sitting there, thinking, “oh no, this can’t be finished!” I thoroughly enjoy the progress that I am making. 

I have managed to complete tasks and little goals I set myself each day, and if at times something doesn’t work out, I always remind myself that it is meant to happen that way. Just to observe it, acknowledge it, and then move on. Everything is meant to be how it is supposed to be. Let everything be okay.

Bill, I can’t possibly thank you enough. Trust me when I say that from the bottom of my heart, you have changed my life and my way of thinking around all for the better.



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