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Overcoming Obstacles to Change: Enlist your brain

Understanding a little about the basic neuroscience of change helps us better understand what really helps and why; and why change is so hard.

While we are wired for change (that is, new thoughts and behaviors will get stored in new connections and patterns in our brains), we are also built to resist change, in the sense that we will tend to get pulled back into existing patterns, which will then be unhelpfully strengthened. We can counter these tendencies with better awareness and deliberate 'tricks'. A neurobiological perspective also makes sense of the need to reduce stress to improve our chances of successful change.

Read the short article here.

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