"The “plastic paradox” is this: that the same plasticity that allows us to change our brains and produce more flexible behaviors is also the source of many of most rigid ones .
All people start out with plastic potential .Some of us as we grow and develop enhance that flexibility, for others the spontaneity, creativity and unpredictability of childhood gives way to routinized: existence the repeats the same behavior and turns us into rigid caricatures of ourselves."
"We can change how our brain functions. We can change the very structure of the brain. There are enormous implications here for anyone who has ever been labeled with a DSM psychiatric diagnosis. We can change and heal our minds and brains and we need not do it in detrimental fashion with neurotoxic medications.Our prefrontal cortex regulates attention and thoughts with vast amounts of neural connections and a system of arousal and neurotransmitters. If we take no action, our default system can favor excessive stress response and disease. Science proved that focused attention and a perceived sense of control manipulates these connections and overrides stress and disease. Each time you feel “why me?” ask yourself instead, “what did I contribute to this?”"( Monica Cassani)
"Negative experiences frequently are unavoidable, but reframing or reinterpreting the feedback loop is possible. Redefining negative situations in more positive or humorous terms counters the adverse psychological effects that would otherwise be experienced.People inclined to react angrily or violently can, through conscious effort and the powers of neuroplasticity, use humor to redirect their thoughts more positively. Naturally negative people can develop more optimistic qualities by repeatedly mimicking their more optimistic peers’ reactions to negative events and circumstances.
The negativity bias generally occurs outside conscious awareness, so the first step in countering it is to realize it exists.The latest research indicates that the adult brain not only has the ability to repair damaged regions, but to grow new neurons; that willful activity has the power to shape the brain in new directions far into adulthood."( Nichole Force, M.A. PsychCentral.com)