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A dangerous belief in our culture is that we can’t change. We’ve all heard the disempowered statements: ‘He’s just grumpy. He can’t change that.’ or ‘I will always be anxious. It’s the way I was born.’ While we most certainly have genetic predispositions, the brains of individuals’ young and old can change in amazing ways. Neuroplasticity is a fancy way of saying that our brains can change. We are not victims of our neurons or genes. We are empowered creators of our mental states. The erroneous belief that we are ‘set in stone’ can stop people from trying to change and take away their responsibility. In the same way that germ theory altered the way we look at sanitation and hygiene, I think that spreading the knowledge about our brain’s ability to change can alter the way our culture approaches emotions, attitudes, and values.

Peter Senge.

Writing from Bangkok, Thailand. I grew up in the UK, moved to Hong Kong, then went on to Thailand, then Malaysia, and now back to Thailand – I love the global travel life. These posts are my thoughts of the day.

If you click on Trumpvictus.wordpress.com you can see some of my photos,
and on Paintingthrough.wordpress.com my attempts at paintings.

And there are some pictures on Instagram: marcopolohk,
and I tweet at @marcopolohk

Creativity is the way to open our minds, and to find new ways to experience this world. Creativity is our organic neuroplasticity.

11 comments

  1. I agree with you absolutely. Thanks for the follow!

  2. sykik

    I am really interested in your way of thought. And I totally agree with you. There is this Buddhist concept of the flux of being, the human being, I, at the present, am an intersection of flows, causes and effects, in this time and space. In a constant state of being, birth and rebirth. It is useful, and liberating, to think of ourselves in this sense.

  3. Gede Prama

    Dear friend, Thank you very much, I was really happy to have been following your blog. I’m still a lot to figure out, and here I can only say that you are an awesome blogger, full Inspiring and hope you can inspire more readers. Thanks and greetings compassion from Gede Prama 🙂

    • Dear Gede, many thanks for your incredibly kind comments. You have really picked me up on a day when I wasn’t feeling too good about myself. Many thanks, and peace to you my friend.

  4. crazyguyinthailand

    Hey man nice instagram too 🙂

  5. Hi Daniel, I have nominated you for ‘ One Lovely Blog Award’ just click the link http://stepping2yourdreams.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/one-lovely-blog-award/ 🙂

  6. hey daniel i wnated to ask for advice about the tok essays… can i please have your email?

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