The way to change your habits that works, Part 2. Brain intro

What is it, the brain? What role does understanding the brain play when it comes to habits?

The brain is one of the largest and most complex organs in the human body, which controls everything: movements, organs, attention, memory, perception, memory, etc.

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Let’s divide it into three parts:

1. The reptilian or primal brain is responsible for the four Fs: Feeding, Fighting, Fleeing, and… Reproduction (I won’t use the f-word here). Behavior patterns include protecting oneself, family, and property, physical communication, and socially acceptable actions, such as handshakes, head nods, and bowing. Quite simple.

2. The limbic system: responsible for feelings, sensations, emotions, the formation, storage of memories, and learning. It scans our environment for threats nonstop.

💡 For example, when someone on the Internet spits on you or your opinion, your limbic system reacts and causes negative emotions. It makes you want to defend yourself or your opinion.

3. Neocortex makes us homo sapiens. It’s responsible for: language & speech, learning, writing, solving complex problems, decision making, visual thinking, and worldview.

Whether it’s food cravings or liberal views, our brain shapes everything. In other words, when we say “I” we’re talking about the brain.

Have you noticed that consciousness does not appear in the list of what makes us human?

Of course, it is part of it. Just not as we used to see it.

It is impossible to sum up consciousness in a few words, but it is something like a switch from a physiological perspective. When we are awake, it is there; when we are asleep, it is not.

💡 Experiments have shown that consciousness comes late for brain decisions.

We make decisions and take actions in the following order:

  1. The brain decides something
  2. We realize it and explain why exactly “I made” that decision

What I’ve described above doesn’t reflect even 1% of how complex and exciting the brain is, and dividing it into three pieces is very conventional. Yet, my article will help you understand the most basic functions of the brain and help us learn what habits are and how to work with them.

The 1st intro-article on the habits topic ⬅️

I’d love to hear your thoughts, reactions, and questions! 💛



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