7 Common Cons Your Brain Uses To Lie To You

7 Common Cons Your Brain Uses To Lie To You

2. Practice witnessing your thoughts to recognize when your brain may be trying to con you. 

The more you witness, the more control you can begin to gain over your thoughts.

3. Think intentionally. 

When you recognize the con, immediately quiet your thoughts and correct the errors. Reframe your thoughts from the negative con to something more growth-oriented.

4. Purposefully engage in self-compassion activities. 

By actively engaging in self-compassion, you will be able to practice reframing your brain’s cons.

Related: 15 Common Cognitive Distortions That Twist Your Thinking

It may be hard to initially learn to recognize when your brain is lying to you. Likewise, it can be tough to teach your children about the brain’s cons. But taking the time to learn about your personal cons and practicing your reframing skills will allow you to help your children do the same.

References:

1. Loftus, E. (1996). Eyewitness Testimony. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

2. Fonseca, C. (2017). Letting Go: A Girl’s Guide to Breaking Free of Stress and Anxiety. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

3. Amen, D. (2015). Change Your Brain, Change Your Life: The breakthrough Program for Conquering Anxiety, Depression, Obsessiveness, Lack of Focus, Anger, and Memory Problems (2nd ed). New York, NY: Harmony Books.

4. Fonseca, C. (2015). Raising the Shy Child: A Parent’s Guide to Social Anxiety. Waco, TX: Prufrock Press.

Written By Christine Fonseca
Originally Appeared In Psychology Today
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Christine Fonseca

Christine Fonseca is a licensed educational psychologist, critically acclaimed author, and a nationally recognized speaker on topics related to educational psychology, mental health, giftedness, and using storytelling to heal past wounds. Using her experience consulting and coaching educators and parents, Christine brings her expertise to Psychology Today, authoring the parenting blog Parenting for A New Generation. She has written self-help articles for Parents.com, Johnson & Johnson, Quiet Revolution, and Justine Magazine. Christine’s critically acclaimed titles include Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students, The Caring Child, Letting Go: A Girl’s Guide to Breaking Free of Stress and Anxiety, and the action-packed Young Adult series, the Solomon Experiments. Christine lives in Southern California with her husband and children.View Author posts