Climb Inside Your Mind
Some ultimate blogging and human questions
Am I a nerd, or is thinking about the brain and mind fun? Yeah, I guess I'm a nerd.
If you are willing to be a nerd with me for a few minutes, I have some ideas that will improve your writing and life.
Can we try a fun and life affirming exercise together to start? It's a little tough, but worth the effort.
If your up to it, respond in writing to (or just think about) these deep questions. Dig to the bottom because superficial answers will waste your time:
Granted, these questions only address a small part of who you are, but you can use more sophisticated ways of measuring and analyzing.
Psychologists have developed complex personality tests, which only capture a fragment of your individuality, but by combining them, you will learn aspects of your personality that will surprise you.
I've provided some of the best tests here for you because you must be sure to choose reputable tools. To help you out, I went to the NYT, to find the best self investigation tools:
You are the most complex system in the known universe
After doing this self reflection, do you feel unique and important? Well, you should if you know much about who you are, your brain in particular.
Nothing in nature or technology comes close to the power of your human consciousness, which can accomplish tasks even the most powerful computers cannot. Your personality traits are difficult to pin down because you are so complex.
All animals are remarkable, but not even our closest relative, the chimp, can communicate through complex written and spoken language (I intentionally avoid the discussion of animal communication because I am focused on the complexity of human language).
You should also feel helpful with the following awesome fact. Contrary to what scientists thought for hundreds of years, your brain has neuroplasticity, which means that neurons and neural pathways grow through out your life:
Leaving aside degenerative brain disease, your brain never loses the ability to learn and change because it’s effectively plastic and constantly rewiring itself.
Your brain grows adapts and changes through out your life, and whatever age you are, you can increase the power of your brain by learning and searching for who you are.
Life Lessons Via Pearl Jam
Stealing control of yourself
The sad part of this incredible power we possess is that few people take conscious control. Involuntary processes and events will shape who you are if you don't examine your life closely. Take ownership of your life, as says the quote above from the song "I am mine."
Sounds easy, right? Accepting the fact that "I am mine." But, the process is actually quite challenging, involving questioning, answering, doubting, feeling, and critical thinking.
Blogging is one of the best methods to accomplish this, and anyone can blog. In writing, you inevitably reveal yourself to your readers. You can't avoid it, unless you are a horrible writer (which you are not). Revealing your inner-self is an important step because you can't progress if you don't even know where you are at.
Knowledge empowers you on your journey to define yourself. I want to jump start your inquisitive mind with some details that might be new.
Be careful, these books might just blow your mind:
The complexity of the brain makes knowing yourself difficult
Gaining consciousness of the workings of your mind is invaluable. You ask the fundamental question "Who are you?" In another song, Eddie Vedder answers: "You are who, who you are." I like his response because you accept yourself, whoever you are. Love of self is essential.
You should always be content with yourself, wherever you are at in life. But if you want more, if you want to be your best self, analyzing your self-identity makes this possible.
Michael J. Formica, MS, MA, EdM probes the question of self-identity a bit deeper and on a personal level:
... a personal template for understanding what it is that makes me tick and what the necessary elements are for me to remain on center. Those elements are spiritual practice, Yoga and martial arts and the relationships with which I surround myself - specifically, my primary love relationship. When any or all of those things are not nurtured or cultivated, I am neither nurtured, nor self-nurturing, and can lose myself in the chaos of my own anxiety and sense of disconnect. I get pulled off my center. How does this exercise work for you?
The loss of self in the chaos of the world is likely for most people. A select few have done enough work to know themselves - self-identity.
The elect in human society are conscious of their self-identity, and force enough self-reflection to change what they do not like about themselves.
Your quest in writing and blogging is more than jus a topic. You may blog about jewelry, but if you are a great writer, you will reveal much about yourself as you discuss fashion.
And, this is a first step to figuring out who you are and perhaps change some things about yourself. Don't deceive yourself by saying that your blogging doesn't matter or is unimportant. Blogging is part of who you are.
Blogging puts you on a quest for self discovery, that ability humans alone possess (as far as we know).
Actionable self-identity items
You know that changing yourself is difficult, but you also need to know that evolution is possible and rewarding. In addition to the above, the following activities will head you in the right direction.
I challenge you to:
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