Friday, 9 September 2011

Practice makes perfect

Acting out different situations and ‘what ifs’ helps the brain to store the different feelings
of these experiences. So next time the person is in a similar situation the brain can use this
stored knowledge to make a more appropriate/educated response.

Practising new situations can be scary, so often we change the characters and environment.
So it is the witch in the forest who needs to tell the garden gnomes to stop misbehaving.
This is a lot safer than the person telling classmates/colleagues to stop teasing him/her.
It allows the client to practice being assertive, allows him/her to be angry (letting go of pent
up emotions associated to this trauma), and be in control.

It is always a delight to see people act out different sides of their personalities. When the
executive/ professionals allow themselves to be mischievous, or vulnerable, or if a person
with a disability lets people trip over, or be in total control.

Giving your brain experiences helps improve the brain’s ability to make sense of what is
happening around you. Often when people get isolated, the world around them becomes a
scary place. Disassociating oneself from society is an all too common phenomenon. People
can become ‘narrow-minded’ and set in their ways of communicating, in some cases they
stop communicating all together, and this in turn leads to isolation.

Keep practising... it’s a lot easier than Sudoku.

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