the mind: a powerful tool.
When we talk about the mind, what do we really mean, like what is the function of the mind?
The mind is the part or component of a person that makes them conscious of the world they live in, its experiences, state of consciousness, and thought processes. It might interest you to know that the mind is one of the most powerful tools we have as humans. Most times, when we talk about the mind, we usually say what we think or feel. Thinking is a very important attribute of the mind, it enables us analyze ongoing events and understand them. It also helps us see the various repeated patterns, decode contexts and come up with unique ways to respond to situations presented.
Our mental skills are dependent on how the mind works, and this skills get to develop as we grow and gain experiences. We improve our skills through our experiences and adaptations.
Your feelings, thoughts, and actions are controlled by your mind. The brain is like a circuit or a connection and your thoughts will automatically affect your facial expressions, actions and decisions. Every memory stored in our brain is connected to certain people we have met either recently or in the past. It also affects how you think or feel and affects your actions and daily life.
Cognitive skills that make up the mind include:
- Perception: It is the ability to receive information, process it and interpret it into something meaningful. It helps us understand our environment and how to approach it. it also enables us receive stimuli through our senses better.
- Attention: This is the ability to listen or take notice of a particular situation. In this case, we pay attention to stimuli and respond to them.
- Planning: It is the capacity of the mind to organize information and enable the smooth running of our daily lives and activity. This will allow us get a better result in our day to day activities. It entails intentionally making plans and maintaining it.
- Memory: This is the ability of the brain to receive information, store/retain it, and produce it when needed. It helps us recall facts, feelings, relationships, and experiences for future analysis when a similar circumstance is presented.
- Reasoning: With this skill, we think logically, comparing the problem or circumstance presented with past experiences in other for us to come up with reasonable solutions. It helps us criticize situation presented before us, and make proper decision on the best way forward.
- Emotions: These are associated with thoughts and feelings of pleasure or displeasure. Emotions are linked to mood, temperament, actions, and motivations. They can be produced as a result of past experiences. These experiences can either give you a reason to smile or frown. Because of the way the mind works some bad experiences can be repressed by people simply because they do not want to remember them.
- Imagination: It is the ability to confront a situation by generating mental images and new ideas that have never been perceived by the mind before. It helps us to be creative and resourceful. Imagination can also be regarded as “seeing from the mind’s eye”.
I hope you are not tired yet😞. There is a little more to know about the mind. Trust me I’m almost done😉.
Two different states of mind
Conscious: This is the state of mind when we know and are aware of what is going on and we are able to recall information or events that happened. This is the part of the mind we usually talk about. When this information is stored, we have to make a conscious effort to remember them.
The reason I don’t like eating road side food is because when I was younger, I ate a plate of rice from mama-put (local restaurant)and it was sour and I purged for 7 days and I learnt my lesson😂.
Subconscious: It is the state of mind in which we are unaware of what is going on. This occurs without us realizing. They are locked up and most times we try to recall them but it is usually impossible or difficult. Sometimes, this can affect our behaviors, mindsets, and thoughts even though we cannot explain how it happens. Most of the information that makes up our subconscious is usually the sad, painful, and embarrassing memories that we most often do not want to recall.
Some thoughts, fantasies, imaginations, and feelings that come into our minds cannot be controlled or stopped but we can learn to manage them. Whenever you feel a certain way, label the thought (example you can say to yourself “I am angry or embarrassed”). Research has shown that this could help ease off all the tension and make you calm and collected thereby giving you an immediate relief.