“David Eagleman, neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine, says in his book Incognito: Secret Lives of the Brain that the brain functions like a democracy–where different factions make overlapping decisions then battle it out until a dominating opinion wins and thus controls and directs behavior. We have conflicting truths running concurrently all the time in our brains. Some of your conflicting truths might be: It’s dangerous to be hiking alone in the woods vs. I am resourceful and independent.” (New Beliefs, New Brain 14) This conflict only presents a problem when we feel like going hiking alone. The mind must decide in favor of one or the other, using vast and precious energy resources to do so. What are some of your conflicting stories that take up your energy and time? Which battles are worth the effort, and which can you drop?
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