There are many ways we change our perception of the world around us. Some come from learning new information, some come from experience that changes our life, and some are just us accepting how things work as opposed to how we thought they work. However, there are times when our brain plays a trick on us and when that happens you should not be concerned as you are not going crazy, it’s just your brain having fun with itself and trying to fill in certain gaps of information.
Here are 3 ways our brains tick us
- It takes shortcuts
The thing about our brains is that even though it’s the strongest computer in the world, it loves to be a lazy laid-back dude sometimes. When that happens the brain usually takes a shortcut when making a decision or when it needs to do something that requires it to be active. The brain loves to go autopilot and make decisions based on past interactions.
This is fine when deciding what you want to order to eat, but if you find yourself driving a car and the brain decides it’s going to take a nap you can be prone to a car crash. Usually, this happens because the brain starts using heuristics which are shortcut brain functions. Additionally, if you start worrying about something that has nothing to do with the action you are now performing know that your brain is trying to take a shortcut. To stop this practice focusing and thinking about those things that the brain brought up when you have time to relax.
- It loves to play the blame game
When something happens it immediately looks for an escape route. The thing is sometimes we are in a corner and it’s our fault, but the brain loves to blame everyone else but itself. Be careful if you let your brain win this game every time you will have a social problem with people around you.
- It creates false memories
Ever wonder why you thought that shirt was black when you were a kid when it was actually a yellow shirt? The brain can’t remember everything correctly, it’s not a video recorder, and when this happens it creates information or “falsifies” the truth so it can fill in the empty gaps.