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Sep 18, 2018

Science Explains What Happens To Someone’s Brain From Complaining Every Day

With a little bit more effort and time, our brain can be shaped just like a ball of Play-Doh. Thanks to the development of neuroscience and brain imagining, we can say that our brain can redesign.
Neuroplasticity is a term that describes the lasting change in the brain, and it is really fascinating. Here is why:
  • Learning new skills
  • Increasing intelligence
  • Becoming more intelligent in an emotional way
  • ‘Unlearning’ harmful habits, behaviors, and beliefs
But, also, we are capable of redesigning our brain for worse. Fortunately, we can go back to good again.

Our Brain Can Be Changed by Beliefs
Dr. Merzenich who is maybe the most famous neuroscientist he found proofs of the link between the thoughts and the changes in our brain. He revealed that negative habits can change our brain in a bad way. And, luckily, positive habits can change it in a positive way.
Here is a quote by Dr. Alex Korb that explains the situation with neuroplasticity and illness:
“In depression, there’s nothing fundamentally wrong with the brain. It’s simply that the particular tuning of neural circuits creates the tendency toward a pattern of depression. It has to do with the way the brain deals with stress, planning, habits, decision making and a dozen other things — the dynamic interaction of all those circuits. And once a pattern starts to form, it causes dozens of tiny changes throughout the brain that create a downward spiral.”

How Complaining Changes the Brain
In life, we have met a person that is constantly negative and is never happy or satisfied with anyone or anything. Almost always, people who are negative are complaining all the time.
For the situation to be worse, complainers do not keep their thoughts to themselves, but they find someone to listen to their complaints.
In fact, everyone complains every now and then, but some people just do it more often. Also, we can divide complainers into three groups:
Chronic Complainers
They just cannot go without complaining. If they are not using words, they are thinking about the negative things. According to psychologists, there is a term for this behavior named rumination. And, sadly, it is directly related to the anxious and depressed brain.
Complainers that Seek Attention
Here belong people who use complaining as a way to get attention from others because “they always get the worse than the others.” And, usually, people ignore them.
Low Emotional Quotient (E.Q.) Complainers
What I.Q. means for intelligence, emotional quotients is too emotional understanding. So, these people are not interested in you as a person, they see you as a someone always there to vent at.

Can We Blame the Brain?
Well, mostly, the response to this question is affirmative. Most of the people do not want to feel like that. Damaging behaviors like complaining changes thought processes, and that leads to changed beliefs, and then to changed behavior.
Actually, human brain possesses a negativity bias which is the tendency to focus more on the negative things. According to Dr. Hanson, negative stimuli make more neural activity than the positive ones.
So, when we constantly focus on the negative, our brain rewires. And, since repetition is the mother of learning, we are creating our own behavior which is negative.
We should not try to be happy all the time because it is not possible. Nonetheless, we should try to counteract negative thinking. Mindfulness and meditation can help us win against negativity.
B. Fredrickson together with her team revealed that those who meditate everyday show more positive emotions had increased mindfulness, social support, purpose in life, as well as lowered illness symptoms than the others.
Learn the basic things about meditation and then create a schedule that suits you. Only fifteen or twenty minutes of meditation per day can really help you out and make a positive change in your life.

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