Mind Power Issue #10
Did you know that one of the most interesting psychological studies of the last 50 years involved preschool children?
It was called “The Marshmallow Test”.
And those who passed this test, after they grew up…
- Made more money…
- Were happier…
- Had more willpower in frustrating or tempting situations…
- Bounced back from setbacks more easily…
- And much more…
Why did those who passed “The Marshmallow Test” experience all these benefits in their life?
Because their brains worked better.
To find out what exactly what “The Marshmallow Test” was, and how you can create a brain that works better, watch my video about “The Marshmallow Test” in today’s “Check it Out”.
(This is one of the most fascinating bits of research I’ve ever come across.)
I Love Chaos (and so should you) Part 1
by Bill Harris
Have you ever felt that your life was in chaos?
I thought so.
But what if chaos was your friend? Even better, what if chaos turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to you?
I know. Hard to believe. Chaos feels like the plague. But perhaps—with a small shift in perspective—you’ll see its tremendous creative potential.
In fact, in this multi-part series I’m going to describe the interplay between chaos and order and how it drives everything in the universe.
And, on a personal level, we’ll see how mastering this process is the key to all personal and spiritual growth.
Surprisingly, order develops because of chaos—not in spite of it. As you’ll see, this is one of the most fundamental and universal natural processes, governing how all complex systems evolve and grow (including you)—and ultimately determines…
…the entire unfolding of the universe.
By way of example, let’s turn back the clock about 2,000 years. You’ve probably heard the story of Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus—a story of extreme and instant transformation—in fact, a story of chaos and reorganization.
Saul was a Roman bounty hunter. He hated the Nazarene Christians. After the death of Jesus he looked for opportunities to persecute them.
When he ran out of Christians in his usual territory he zealously asked if he could go to Damascus to find more victims he could put to death.
But on the road to Damascus, Saul is overcome by a light so bright that he’s literally blinded, after which he hears the voice of God. His traveling companion leads him on to Damascus, where he sits, blinded and totally out of it, for three days.
Finally, a Nazarene appears and calls him Brother Saul, and that he was sent by God. Instantly, Saul’s eyesight returns, and he decides to become a Nazarene. In fact, he becomes the most influential and charismatic of the Nazarenes, St. Paul.
This is a clear example of a mental process we’ve all experienced, though probably not so dramatically, where a problem spontaneously solves itself and something puzzling suddenly…
…falls into place.
Some call this a Eureka Event after the tale of Archimedes, who, when asked by the king to determine the amount of gold in a crown without melting it down, became quite puzzled and frustrated.
Finally, while taking a bath, Archimedes noticed that his submerged body displaced water—and realized that he could tell how much gold was in the crown by finding out how much water it displaced!
Absorbed in his euphoria, he ran naked down the street shouting, “Eureka! I’ve found it!”
This sudden transformation has many names: An “ah ha!” moment, a flash of insight, creativity, a brainstorm, turning on a light bulb, a felt shift, wordless knowing, a gut feeling, intuition.
It’s a feeling that something in the brain has been rearranged, something old has passed away, and…
…something new has been born.
At such moments the brain does indeed change. Electrical patterns sweeping through the brain are altered. Neurons in the cerebral cortex alter the number and shape of their dendrites, dendritic spines, and synapses.
Entire neural networks change, creating new patterns of message transmission and new states of mind.
We also call this process learning. When we learn, something new is born.
Here’s how it works:
At first, things make sense to us. Then, as we’re exposed to new information, sometimes things no longer make sense in the same way. When we can no longer make sense of the situation, we become confused or frustrated.
Finally, though, something shifts. “Learning” happens. Things make sense again—but in a new way that you never could have imagined before.
This suggests several questions: Why does one external stimulus alter the brain so radically—causing a quantum shift in awareness or knowing—while another similar stimulus causes…
…no shift at all?
Why do some ideas create no shift, no learning—and then suddenly one particular idea (often quite mundane)—creates a huge shift?
Even more puzzling, the same stimulus can affect different people in entirely different ways. And why do some stimuli lead to new perspectives, while others lead to disorder and destruction?
Finally, could we create stimuli that purposely trigger these shifts, these Eureka moments? In this series we’ll explore these and other questions—and, the mechanism by which all complex systems evolve and grow…including you.
Check it Out!
Check out this short video about the famous “Marshmallow Test”. Really interesting.
Did you know that those who passed the Marshmallow Test…
…made more money, were happier, had more willpower in frustrating or tempting situations, bounced back from setbacks more easily, and much more easily…
…set and pursued long-term goals.
You’ve got to watch this. Those who I’ve asked have told me that this was THE best video I’d ever made.
This video will tell you how you can also have the same amazing qualities seen in those who passed the Marshmallow Test.
This is based on some of the most interesting research…
…I’ve ever come across.
It’s about willpower–which we can all use more of–and your ability to regulate those impulses you later regret giving into…
…so you can get more of what you want!
If you’d like to have more willpower, you’ve got to watch this.
Wait until you learn what the Marshmallow Test is–and what happened to those who took it.
Check out this short video. Amazing stuff.
Research scientists have found an interesting connection between genetics, willpower, and addiction.
In other words, certain genetic brain abnormalities–not just social or cultural factors–could weaken willpower and make drug abuse more likely.
Here’s what scientists found.
People who were addicted to cocaine, alcohol, or methamphetamine had 30% fewer D2 receptors.
(D2 receptors are proteins that bind with dopamine.)
This means they were less sensitive to dopamine, a neurotransmitter important to normal functioning of the prefrontal cortex and the limbic system.
With less D2 receptors, these people need more dopamine to feel the same amount of pleasure or satisfaction from things such as sex, food, drink, or money.
For that reason, these people tend to overindulge because they don’t receive the same satisfaction signals from their brains as those with a normal number of D2 receptors.
In fact, drugs seem to be one of the few things that give these people pleasure, so they overindulge and become addicted.
Fewer D2 receptors also has a negative impact on the function of the prefrontal cortex.
Normally, the PFC tells you to stop an unhealthy behavior. But without enough D2 receptors the PFC is too weak to exercise self-control. The pleasure and reward systems in your brain take over, leading to further abuse.
There are other factors that contribute to addition, and having fewer D2 receptors doesn’t doom a person to a life of drug abuse.
Even with a normal amount of D2 receptors, we can all use more willpower.
Fortunately, scientists now know a startling amount about willpower, and…
…how you can get more of it.
“Chaos was the law of nature; Order was the dream of man.”
~ Henry Adams
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