Neuroscientist Caroline Leaf describes the process for atomizing one’s thoughts and building successful habits.
As our mind responds to the incoming and outgoing, we are going to now start thinking about the new information. That new information—the more you think about it—that’s quantum physics, it’s called the “Quantum Zeno effect.”
“What you think about the most, you will learn, so it’s the repeated effort that that makes learning take place.”
As you mindfully focus on stuff very consciously, you are building neurological structures.
“Once you have built something, it then moves into the unconscious mind. Once it’s in the unconscious mind, it’s very intelligent, very dynamic. You’re not consciously thinking about it, but it’s impacting how you function.”
The easiest way to understand this is to think of learning to drive a car.
At first, you very consciously aware of everything that you’re doing and there’s a period of time, normally around about three weeks, that you are very uncomfortable with everything.
Suddenly, after about three weeks, there’s a moment where you say, “Ah I’m starting to get this.”
This is the case with anything new that we learn.
“You basically practice more and you practice more and you practice more and then suddenly you’re getting in that car and you’re just driving and you’re talking to people in the car and it seems like you’re driving without thinking but you’re not.”
What you’ve done is you built the thought and then you atomized the thought.
“Atomization is an intelligent and sophisticated and brilliant way of putting information into the unconscious mind in a way that is accessible, so that when you’re in a situation, it pops up and as you drive you’ve got this memory that moves up of how to drive.”
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Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. Since the early 1980‘s she has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection.