The Human Brain
The ways in which human beings interact has always intrigued me and drives my desire to become a psychotherapist. The human brain is a wondrous thing and I have a great need to understand better how it functions, how it controls our behavior, and how it processes thoughts in order to form our methods of communication. It is a large undertaking I know, but I am up for the challenge.
The first important aspect I learned about our brains (or was simply reminded of) is something simple, but also something many of us forget with our busy society in this day and age. We must eat properly in order for our brains to function well.
This has not always been evident to me, yet when I was introduced to the weight watchers’ system, I realized that a structured eating plan is very important for all aspects of our health.
I figured that I should start my mission correctly with this knowledge, by eating properly each day from here forward. Now that I felt the wisdom coursing through my veins, I knew that I would have to live my life by these words, ‘healthy eating is good for the human brain’, especially if I want to eventually ‘practice what I preach’ as a psychotherapist. My clients will be able to begin with the same process in the future in order to improve their mental state. Most of us can always improve our eating habits in one way or another.
My friends thought the same
I met a lot of people during my time in school and made a few close friends. We attended seminars together and spent hours discussing the topics we were learning about. Trying to understand how our subjective experiences interact with our thought patterns is an exhausting conversation. Neuro linguistic programming was a hot topic for us all. By understanding a person’s subjective experiences in more detail, we can look for certain patterns in their behavior. That is a profound thought process. Although we loved talking about these things at length, too many of those discussions were burning us out!
One of the friends that I met seemed to burn out faster that the rest of us though. I used some of my newly acquired psychotherapy skills to see if I could find out why. We spoke at length, when I finally got to the subjective experience that was dragging her down. She had recently found out that her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, and they are very close. I did my best to remain controlled emotionally in order to help best, especially since we were learning about this currently in our studies.
It was quite difficult because we have a personal relationship and I felt a great deal of empathy for her. Talking about it was cathartic for her and her mood increased significantly that day. Maybe I am heading for the right profession after all! Months later I found out that her mother was in remission and doing well.
This journey in my life made me feel amazing…
I had been moving along the right paths for the most part, but through more open communication and the growth of my own brain, my health was improving as well. What I learned from these experiences is that I am truly going to practice what I preach by using my newly acquired knowledge on myself first. I believe that I will be able to help others in the future much more efficiently because I will be teaching things that I have subjectively experienced myself.
Although I began university simply wanting to learn more about the human brain, I learned much more about the human being. The brain is an awesome instrument and tool that we have been blessed with, but it only processes things so we can better understand them. I learned how my own subjectivity to the world around me interacted with my brain, and how I can teach others to do this as well. What this does is create balance in a human being, and balance leads to a much healthier existence, both mentally and physically.
I am a much more balanced and healthy individual now, and I am thankful for the experiences I have had along this part of my journey, both good and bad. By understanding my brain better, I have learned to better understand myself. Who would have seen that coming?