To give a fresh approach to our understanding of mental health difficulties and to increase our resilience, Dr Francis Selemo and co-authors have written a book titled: Do I Have a Twin Brain? Do read the summary below..
According to Dr Selemo and colleagues, the idea of the Twin Brain suggests that:
- The human brain behaves like a computer capturing and storing many information, as good or corrupted files (called ‘unhelpful thinking styles’ by counsellors or therapists). A corrupted or bad file is like a virus that is a potential or actual risk to disrupting the smooth running of a computer.
- The human brain behaves like a real human being and has the ability to use the stored information to help us decide whether to fight or run from threats and to be happy and creative.
- If files were installed in the brain, then by taking proactive steps to create or control brain files, we could activate good files and uninstall, repair, update, delete or reprogram bad files (like viruses on a computer) as we would do it with a word document on the computer. By being able to do this we could live a more resilient and fulfilled life.
The good news is that:
- When thinking, most people use unhelpful thinking styles or corrupted brain files. A Thinking Style becomes a problem if it affects you or others in terms of relationships, jobs, etc.
- The Twin Brain is teachable: This means that If you can assist your Twin Brain to work with and not against you, then the Twin Brain may help you to be better protected and to live a more resilient and fulfilling life for yourself and for those around you.
- There are proactive steps (some examples are in this resource) that you can take to acquire coping techniques to:
- modify your unhelpful way of thinking or your bad brain files to prevent you from developing bad thinking habits.
- activate good brain files to enable you to develop good thinking habits.
- Bad brain files, especially simple ones can be easily modified through thought techniques such as a Thought Court or the Thought Record.
- You may acquire coping techniques through step-by-step guides or from a trained medical professional.
Good mental wellbeing:
- Good mental wellbeing is like a brain-machine in a good working condition. It has plenty of active and positive brain files and is not over-protective.
- Good mental wellbeing requires talking about feelings, clarifying thoughts, and solving problems early and safely.
- When the Twin Brain activates and uses its stored good, beautiful, or positive data files, we may have positive feelings, physical reactions, behaviours, attitudes, decisions, resilience and good mental health. The stored positive data files mean nice memories in the form of audio (hearing) image (seeing) files. The Twin Brain is capable of doing so, however, it may not get activated and use its stored positive data files to assist us by its default setting. This may be due to its evolutionary primary function or duty to protect us from harm.
Poor mental wellbeing:
- Poor mental wellbeing is like a brain-machine in poor working condition or a messed-up machine that is not working well. It has plenty of active corrupted brain files and is over-protective.
- Poor mental wellbeing involves burying or avoiding feelings, not clarifying thoughts, and not solving problems early and safely.
- When the Twin Brain activates and uses its stored negative, corrupted, or bad data files, we may have negative feelings, physical reactions, behaviours, attitudes poor mental health; and we may make bad decisions in our lives. By default, and in order to protect us, the Twin Brain activates and uses more of its stored negative or corrupted data files than positives. These negative files are linked to hurtful or bad memories as incomplete or inaccurate video, audio, or written files.
- There are proactive steps you can take to acquire coping techniques in order to improve your mental wellbeing by:
- learning, creating or activating good brain files, and developing good thinking habits. You may acquire new good files from other sources, create your own new good files, activate or enhance your existing good files; increase the use of good files and improve the creative and resilience functions or duties of your Twin Brain. These other sources, which may help you to learn new good files may be positive, resilient, and hope-giving coming from people around you, such as your friends, family members, or others. They might come from books (including holy faith books), podcasts, films, religious and faith sermons, workshops, public speeches, stories, counsellors and therapists in different fields, etc. Some techniques that may help you are briefly described in this resource or are available from the list of other Twin Brain Resources.
- modifying unhelpful thinking or bad brain files to prevent you from developing bad thinking habits. Some techniques that may help you are briefly described in this resource or are available from the list of other Twin Brain Resources.
On a scale of 0 to 10 (with 10 being the highest):
- On a daily basis how often does your brain store and activate negative brain files?
Write your score here: /10
- If you have become successful despite your negative brain files, emotions, and stress hormones (cortisone) produced by your body, how much do you think you could probably have achieved with a life controlled by positive brain files, emotions, and happy hormones (serotonin) that are produced as a result of positive experiences (sports, music, etc.)?
Write your score here: /10
Now that you have read this information, you may pause, put the resource aside for a few minutes and answer the questions below:
- What have you learned and achieved from the information you have read?
- What self-help coping techniques do you want to acquire?
- Are there any questions you would like to ask medical professionals?
- What specific self-improvement goal or achievement do you want to set for yourself for the next week?
It may be useful to provide yourself with at least five minutes a week to regularly review and reflect on your self-improvement goal. If you do not create this timeframe to take care of your wellbeing, the daily demands of life may take your opportunity away to look after your wellbeing to the point when life gets drained out of you. Do not ignore your well-being because life is not endless here on earth. At a minimum, do one small step action of kindness, compassion, or self-care to yourself today.
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Step by step exercise to identify your common corrupted brain files and further information can be found in the resource titled: ‘Do I Have a Twin Brain?’, which is available within the Twin Brain App, the Twin Brain website or as a book.