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Why your problems may be illusions of the mind


Stress is caused by innumerable situations from different parts of our lives. When we are confronted with a problem, the natural reaction is to worry, panic or become anxious, with stress being the physical symptoms of such reactions. We struggle to concentrate, our health deteriorates and our emotions become erratic. These side effects are not just the results of our problems, however, but also the causes. When we our brain’s functionality is upset or disturbed by stress, more problems are created simply because our state of mind imagines them. By being unable to cope, more problems come into fruition or are enabled to grow. In essence, problems can be illusions of the mind.

Cognitive activity explained

It is our cognitive activity – the functionality of the brain – which affects behaviour. Like with other bodily organs, the brain and subsequently cognitive activity can be monitored and altered. Behaviour change may be achieved through cognitive change. When one refers to cognitive activity, they mean social interaction, information processing, memory and emotional mediation. Your thoughts and resultant actions all stem from these activities, called cognitive behaviour. If your thoughts become destructive or disturbing due to issues in cognitive activity, they will have a negative effect on your behaviour, even if you try to hide their effect on you. A more serious example would be Alzheimer’s disease effect on memory, which in turn affects the behaviour of sufferers, such as their ability to talk or do household chores.

Working with cognitive behaviour

Tracking cognitive behaviour can prove to be seriously effective in regards to mental health, including anger, helping with conditions such as depression, phobias, social anxiety, low self-esteem, addictions or anger issues. An often practiced and highly recommended treatment amongst the medical profession is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The therapy is based on the psychological models of cognitive and behavioural theories. The therapist will encourage the patient to talk through their internal dialogue, to see what exactly makes them behave the way they do and what triggers their thinking, often tracing back to a traumatic experience. By digging towards the root of the problem, the patient will be able to recognise the effects it had on their cognitive activity, and in turn will be able to amend their behaviour once they know the cause of it.

Creating your own problems

It is often the case that the patient’s problems are caused due to negative cognitive activity. The patient perceives problems that aren’t there because of how they react, not what they are reacting to. For example, the patient believes their partner is unfaithful and therefore constantly argues with them, when the truth is that the patient is paranoid due to issues with past relationships where their trust was broken. The cognitive activity of memory – remembering the pain of broken trust – has created negative cognitive behaviour. By working to rewire your mindset and approach parts of your life more positively, you might find that problems you faced before don’t exist or seem as impossible to handle any more.

When you face a problem in your life, try not to focus on what factors of it you can resolve, but instead on how you approach it. Consider carefully whether you are in the right frame of mind to tackle this problem, or even if you may have exaggerated or invented this problem in your mind. When you are thinking clearly about the problem, it will become more manageable for you. For support from a Cognitive behavioural coach contact us here.


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This article was contributed by Pink Moods.

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