We see only what we want to see

There’s this famous neurological phenomenon that posits that we only really see what we look for.
So when we are looking for flowers, we see flowers, and so on.
But if we are not looking for them, it’ll be extremely easy to miss them.

It’s just one of the ways the incredible computer that is our brain processes information.
And it’s necessary, because there’s too much information all around us and only so much we can effectively process at any time. Also, not every piece of information is important.
So our brain uses filters. And it processes information selectively.

Most of the time this is great. And useful, and helpful.
But not every time.
Because this selective vision can act as a double edged sword.

This is what happens to most people who suffer from depression – they only see the bad because that is what they expect to see.

If you are feeling down or depressed or anxious or hopeless, ask yourself what you are expecting to see.
Those who are optimistic, or even realistic, can usually see the light at the end of the tunnel because they believe it is there – so they are expecting it. Contrast that to someone who doesn’t believe there’s any way out – guess what they’ll not be seeing…

Our brains are incredible machines. They are a wonder of nature.
But like all machines – the tool is only as good as the person using it.

Train yourself to examine your thoughts. They very well could be why you are not where you want to be.

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