Metaphors Gone Wild: Attics and Brain Boosts

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle consider the brain as an “empty attic.” He recognized the need to stock it with metaphoric furniture, the choices of which are left up to each individual. Two important cognitive functions occurring up in that attic of yours are listening and being creativity. Here are tips for polishing both these metaphoric pieces of furniture.

LISTENING
“The essence of genius,” according to William James, “is to know what to overlook.” And, author Mitchell Posner urges us to be “ecologists” as far as information is concerned. Here are exercises to help you be ” as far as listening is concerned, to help you avoid verbal pollution.

In the center of a clean sheet of paper, draw a circle. Ask a friend to find a dense paragraph from an article. (Or, to simply go on and on about some topic for a few minutes.) Then extract three key words from the verbally- inflated paragraph that he or she spoke aloud. Write those words in the circle. Now that you have the essence of what you heard, use the three words to prompt your memory about the most important things you heard. Check with your friend to see if you have captured the main points.

This exercises not only sharpens your listening skills, but your verbal fluidity skills as well. Ask a friend to talk about an enjoyable experience and to stop unexpectedly after a few minutes. You are to take one word from the last sentence uttered and use it to begin speaking about something you enjoy doing. Stop unexpectedly and have the other person continue the conversation using one word from the last sentence you spoke.

Next, give some thought to barriers that can impede the listening process. Can you list 20 of them? Then consider which of these you can control. Finally, engage in a dialog that refutes Dr. Leo Buscagli, who said, “Most conversations are just alternating monologues-the question is, is there any real listening going on?”

CREATIVITY
Creativity is the result, in very large measure, of the belief that we are creative. To develop your creativity muscles, periodically ask yourself: “What if… ?” and “What could this be used for?” questions.

Convergent responses are typical, expected, logical. For example, asked how one gets to Heaven, you’d probably say something like “Follow the Golden Rule.” Ask this question of a divergently-oriented child, though, and you might hear, “Go to Hell and take a left!” Or, “You need the God elevator.” Or, “You need to buy a really big trampoline.”

Think divergently about these questions:

What number does not belong with the others?
3810 6024 4816 1452

What letter belongs in the blank? FMAMJJASO ____

What letter belongs in the blank? OTTFFSSE ____

What national holiday do these letters represent?
ABCDEFGHIJKMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

CHALLENGE YOURSELF
Think of the symbolism associated with causes and colors. For example, we tied yellow ribbons on trees to show support for hostages in Iran. If the head of your organization asked you to create a new ribbon design, what would it look like? What message would it express? What initials would be meaningful? What color?

One of the best ways to engender creative possibilities is to put things together that normally are not aligned. (Anne Geddes did this with babies and vegetables.) List ten disparate items: “peacock” and “eraser,” for example. Then search among those items for a solution to a workplace problem or for an improvement to an existing situation.

Remember that Einstein regarded imagination as more important than knowledge. Try creating some unique metaphors to describe your workplace or your neighborhood or your life.

A PLACE FOR NONSENSE
Building those brain cells can be hard work. To offset the ardors of cognitive development, it’s okay to indulge in mental “junk food” occasionally. Be heartened by Dr. Seuss, who admitting to this indulgence. “I like nonsense,” he admitted. “It wakes up the brain cells.”

Answer: 1-,4816, (If you add the digits in the other three numbers, they add up to 12. 4816 adds up to 19.) 2-N. (The other letters are the first letters in the twelve months of the year.), 3-N, again. (The other letters represent the first letters in a counting sequence from One to Eight.), 4- Christmas, because there is no “L” in the list.

Dr. Marlene Caroselli is an author, keynoter, and corporate trainer whose clients include Lockheed Martin, Allied Signal, Department of the Interior, and Navy SEALS. She writes extensively about education, business, self-improvement, and careers and has adjuncted at UCLA and National University. Her first book, The Language of Leadership, was named a main selection by the Executive Book Club. Principled Persuasion, a more recent title, was designated a Director’s Choice by the Doubleday Book Club. Applying Mr. Albert: 365+ Einstein-Inspired Brain Boosts, her 62nd book, will be released by HRD Press in 2018.

How Can I Boost My Brain Power?

The human brain is the boss of the body. Like a mitochondria to the cell, it is the power house of the body because it runs the whole show and controls effective performance of body functions, giving out commands and processing information even while we are asleep. The stamina of the brain therefore says a lot about our state of health.

At over 50, the body is fast aging. This brings changes to the brain size, vasculature, and cognition. The brain shrinks with increasing age and there are changes at all levels from molecules to morphology. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that in older people, the brain power is relatively diminishing. Incidence of stroke, white matter lesions, and dementia also rise with age, as does level of memory impairment.

What Can Be Done? There are protective factors that aid the aging brain as well as boost brain power. A healthy life both physically and mentally may be the best defense against the changes of an aging brain and body as a whole. We will consider the following five factors:

Consider Using Brain Supplements

Experiments and researches have proved that the best new methods to increase brain power involve using very old healing techniques the ones our own bodies already employ. The human body and brain has a well-established mechanism and body structure for regulating and boosting cognitive power. By choosing the right supplements, it’s possible to increase mental focus, brain power, boost learning ability, make memories easier to build and retain, and guarantee the long-term health of brain tissue. Check with your doctor before considering to take a supplement.

Healthy Nutrition

It is always said that a healthy body is the distinguished result of a healthy nutrition. Omega-3 fatty acids improve blood circulation, and boost the function of neurotransmitters, which help the brain process and think. Foods high in magnesium are important (such as chickpeas or garbanzo beans) because they help with message transmission in the brain.

Choline, which is present in vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, has the potential to help with the growth of new brain cells, as well as boosting intelligence longer in older adults. Complex carbohydrates give your brain and body energy over a longer period of time. Try as much as possible to maintain a healthy diet, this is beneficial for middle-aged and older adults.

Get Enough Sleep

Most, if not all of the brain functions such as creativity, thinking, cognitive functioning, problem solving, memory, are linked to getting enough sleep. Sleep is especially necessary for memory functions, so make sure you’re getting to the deeper stages of sleep to allow for memory processing. For adults it is best to get at least 8 hours of sleep.

Cut Down On Stress

Long years of accumulated stress can do things like destroy brain cells and damage the hippocampus, which is the part of the brain that helps retrieve old memories and format new ones. Therefore, we must learn to deal effectively with stress. It is incredibly important to learn how to eliminate stress. Find out what kind of stress relief works well with your body and adapt it. Meditation and exercising go a long way in managing stress and in the long run boosting brain power. In addition, breathing deeply helps with reducing or possibly alleviating your anxiety.

Keep Your Body Hydrated

The human brain functions poorly when the body system is dehydrated. You must therefore note that getting enough liquid in your system is super important because the brain is about 80% water. Be sure to keep drinking water all day. You can also drink fruit or vegetable juice because they contain polyphenols. Polyphenols are the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables that help protect brain cells from damage and keep your brain at a high-functioning level.

The human brain has an astonishing ability to adapt and change, even into old age. You can’t stop the brain from aging but these factors are helpful to keep it sharp, strong and glowing.

Political Mind, People’s Mind-Set and Technological Impact

Politicians’ mental volatility and their motives, in present political syndrome, are depressing and shocking too. It is, in fact, can be labeled as “pathetically comedy of circus.” All developed countries are biased and denote underdeveloped countries as “Banana Republic (Not in so many words).” All developing countries collectively, in general, are mute spectators or tag along with the rich and powerful group (Reasons are best known globally). The poor and the weak, within their group, are dependent and interdependent is looking forward to favors from their masters. What conspire and transpires within and outside the political environment is a matter of grave concerns.

Analyzing political maneuvers from a common man’s perspective is heartbreaking. Of-course, these people by and large, remain unaware of these developments. The reason is very simple; these powerful groups are aware of the mentality of common men, who are na├»ve and ignorant. In fact, they are gullible and carried away being sentimental. It is an acceptable norm that politicians are strange bedfellows. They collectively take undue advantage and make their selfish motives. They all collectively agree to deny the rights of the poor countries. If at all they agree to extend favors, which does not come free. This soft corner has many strings attached and arm-twisting tactics. In extreme and exceptional circumstances, even rich and developed countries are also bullied by few rich and super power groups.

In this modern era with the advancement of knowledge, professionalism, political, social, academics and with technological tools, it is difficult to hide anything. Even the cover-up is exposed with sufficient evidence. However, the tragedy is that the media owners with political association and self-interest coupled with greed and connection in high places have become biased. They neither support the just cause not reveal the facts barring what has become too obvious and impossible to hide.

The bone of contention is that countries which do not possess guts and courage are often become the victim of circumstances. They are to blame themselves for lack of self-confidence and not confronting the powerful and arrogant groups. It is the proven beyond reasonable doubt that those who are afraid and show their weakness are often at the receiving end. The powerful and the weak nations possess divergent minds displaying incongruent mentality resulting in confusion and chaos. The outcome shows in the form of policies and planning which generally becomes a laughing-stock among themselves.

The jugglery starts when election fever sets into motion until political comedy achieve its desired results. These masses have fewer options to franchise their vote. They must choose the best candidate among the worst. Hence the comedy of circus come into play and the results are obvious even among the most advanced and developed countries.

The culminating point is how an impact takes effective control over matter which are visualized, executed and substantiated within different situations. The history has recorded events and world has witnessed that all wrongful acts and deeds are ultimately exposed. There may be a time-lapse, but reality reveals by itself at the appropriate time.