Mental Filters; Analyzing an Error of the Mind...

in mindset •  11 days ago

Hello again, Steemians!

Our brain is our closest companion in life; this complex and infinitely vast organism that shapes our thoughts and gives existence to our awareness.

Probably the most important responsibility of anyone in life is to safeguard the treasure of the brain, and secure the boundaries of the mind against the things that would harm its functionality.

The thread of thought in our brain does not usually follow a strict and proper path. Our mind suffers from its own insecurities that lead to erroneous mindsets and outlooks towards life.

These erroneous mindsets are what we call cognitive distortions, as they limit the horizon of your view to a particular set of ideas and holds you from seeing the bigger picture.


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In our previous post in this series, we talked about the erroneous idea of ‘All or Naught’ which in essence was about sticking to either sides of an absolute pattern; you are either all in for something or you refuse to do it altogether.

But cognitive distortions are not merely about our decisions and the actions we take in regard to them. Sometimes, your brain compels you to filter out all the other aspects of something in favor of just one, which ultimately forces you to make a rash and unsophisticated decision.

This is what we call Mental Filters. These erroneous mind filters disturb your thought pattern and concentrate your energy on a single, usually negative, aspect of something, while you desperately try and fail to notice other viewpoints about the matter.


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For instance, consider that you have been in a romantic relationship for the past couple of months. There are several positive aspects of the other person’s character that you find interesting and alluring, but you begin to notice a negative trait as well.

If you allow this negative trait to filter out all the other positive approaches, then you are afflicted with a cognitive distortion known as a mental filter. When your brain uses mental filters, your judgement is biased and unreliable, because you are not mentally equipped to evaluate all the important aspects of a certain thing.

The main problem with mental filters is that they are hard to notice and harder to fight. Sometimes, you do not even realize that you are looking at a certain thing with a mental filter that erases all the other aspects you need to consider.


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Mental filters work like a hidden force. They are not easy to shake off. The first thing you need to do is notice that you are looking at something with prejudice and that you are willing to ignore all the other positive aspects because something is compelling you to only focus on the one negative aspect.

In the case of mental filters, we cannot really trust our emotions and sensations. Even though it may feel wrong, you need to listen to the voice of logic and give the weight of the argument to all the other aspects of a thing that may not echo as powerfully for you as the one distinctive aspect which overwhelms them all.


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It is difficult to ignore mental filters, but if you listen to the voice of reason and logic, at least you know that you will make a decision that cannot easily harm your life and become an obstacle in your path.

I understand that it is hard to shake off mental filters, but trust me, you are stronger than the sum of your irrational thoughts. Trust yourself.

This will just be another challenge in a long list of other difficulties that you have successfully overcome.

A BIG HUG!

@chbartist

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mind makes more errors than we think it does

CORRECTO. La confianza es una fuerza poderosa generada por nuestro subconsciente que nos permite realizar cualquier acción que nuestro cuerpo considere necesario. Esta confianza en ti mismo puede hacer que enfrentes los más sorprendentes peligros solo porque esos peligros significa que son para salvar tu vida.
La confianza es indispensable en el desarrollo seguro de cualquier acción de una persona.
LA CONFIANZA EN SI MISMO TE GENERA SEGURIDAD Y LA SEGURIDAD EN TI TE PERMITE SER GRANDE.....

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@chbartist get the fuck off the Trending page. You have at least 5 posts in Trending! You're a fucking narcissist.

i realise that i refuse to think insignificant thing that not really matter or important in that time . i only try to think important thing at that design time and try to solve them if needed. i find out that thinking is hard and sometimes will effect your mood for the whole day. those become a habit of mine until my friend didnt like those habit.

But , since i choose to think that way, my life become easier and im become more happy .

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Good evening, I agree with you, we, human beings, we must trust in ourselves, in our ability to overcome adversity and make the right decisions that bring us well-being and happiness.

Throughout my life, I have lived, like all people, moments in which I highlight the negative part above the rest of the things that are positive, and I have always focused on seeing that negative side, wasting the opportunity, of being able to enjoy and enhance the positive part of the staff, places, etc.

People should try, as I said, take advantage of the opportunities that arise, have the mental capacity to make the best decisions and seek balance, where a balance is placed, the positive with the negative and, from there, the decision is made that we have better

regards

This topic could relate me to my "no to processed and manufactured products ever". Our brain, our entire physical being are really much affected.
I'd been reading much about life and health. Those unnatural products made by man have really side effects that alters the content and value of natural things from nature.

I'd been brushing my teeth using commercial toothpastes for a long time since childhood but for more than a year now, with so much of my chemical sensitivity, I'm brushing my teeth with water and sometimes mix it with rock salt.
I guess many studies prove that fluoride is toxic to the brain.
Just one article you may want to read. But there are lots to read about.

Anyways, we have to be aware entirely from our innermost and from the outside, what's coming in and what's coming out. And analyse these things.

Saludos @chbartist, y gente de Steemit! Los filtro mentales son, la interpretación que da nuestro cerebro a una situación en particular, en la cual cada persona tendrá una interpretación diferente; por que nuestros cerebros no son iguales; dando como resultado una realidad distinta para cada persona.

En función a lo anterior, es importante tener claro los objetivos y metas a alcanzar; esto permite que los momentos de perturbación no influyan de manera que nos lleve a decaer en nuestros proyectos, sino todo lo contrario, hacernos más determinantes a alcanzar las metas trazadas.

Es importante saber como somos; reconocer como nos puede afectar algunas situaciones "externas e internas", y así desarrollar estrategias que nos ayuden a no perder el objetivo.

Por ultimo, debemos desarrollar y ejercitar nuestro sentido de "Resiliencia"

Feliz Día!

It is difficult to ignore mental filters, but if you listen to the voice of reason and logic, at least you know that you will make a decision that cannot easily harm your life and become an obstacle in your path.
This line is very much meaningful. Though its difficult to ignore but if we trust ourself then for sure it will be helpful for us. Thanks for thr post @chbartist

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So what is the best way to recognize a 'Mental Filter'?

Perhaps practicing Mindfulness/Meditation can help one first acknowledge the Thought, then determine the nature of the Thought, and whether it is 'Filtered' by one's perspective..

Although, in a sense, ALL Thoughts are Filtered through the individual's Perspective/Life-Experience..

Interesting article, thanks for sharing @chbartist!!!

The first thing you need to do is notice that you are looking at something with prejudice and that you are willing to ignore all the other positive aspects because something is compelling you to only focus on the one negative aspect.
True that!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes it is right mental filters are really very harmful when these are in negative side. Mind us very powerful so it can be control us it is very important for us to use it's power wisely. Accessing a thing with mental filters is not good we have to consider other aspects as well to rate something. We have to take overall competition so we can take a decision.

That's quiet interesting
Thanks for sharing with fellow steemians
Yours @jojivenna03

Focus and meditation can help in remaining centered and focused on the goals and objectives pursued. Common sense thinking is a key to so not allowing these thought to disrupt progress!

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This blog has so much meaning that my head started paining while reading it....

Interesting post, and thanks for sharing. Keep your golden belt on and your kung fu strong @chbartist

Moving forward i hope you do not mind me respectfully analyzing some of your conclusion on your post.

There are times when it is extremely difficult to remove the filters, hahaha ... but the effort is made!

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Of course the filters can always be removed, if you practise mindfulness. There are numerous advantages.

Great contents. I'm glad to finally find someone with much indepth knowledge and wisdom in this field as I am. I've been so much obsessed with the human mind and brain.

Oh, how I wish everyone in the world would understand and practice these truths, the world would be a much better place.

Mental filters remind me of the ego. We are the thoughts that are above the thoughts. Once we become aware of the thought that is filtered, or what the ego is wanting, we become closer to our own true self and mission. Thoughts are the weights to the brain, making it stronger everything we notice :) I love this post, great read! Hope you have a great day and find lots to smile about :)!

Paying more attention to negative mind filters is probably one of the most reasons that breaks up or ruins marriages today, we see couples argueing and fighting on something they shouldnt and because of this innocent children are the ones being affected by this. Therefore errorneous mind filters not only lead us to make rash decisions it also affect those around us and make them suffer

There is no error in the brain, it's just depends on the environment surrounded by you and the state of emotion you feel.

excellent photos, you can see that you have your style by writing your blogs

Hello. Regardless of the circumstances, we must always listen to the voice of logic. We must detect these hidden filters and take them out of our lives. Thank you.

I am now doing some meditation and let go of the sources of the obstacles and burdens that are in my mind.It's very important to fileter the mind from time to time. As you empty your mind of the accumulated thoughts. you will start noticing yourself being more open and aware of the world that surrounds you. You will then find yourself able to live a life at your highest potential, full of energy, creativity and wisdom to face your life challenges. Stay positive and think of the bright side. Thank you for sharing this nice article.

I have to confess that I have a mental filter also, however I am aware of it, but I do my best to not let it effect my relationship with friends and family. I"m a private person so I guard my personal space carefully and thus the filters.

lot of people are having difficulties to control their mind specially those people who are depressed or always thinking about negativities but I just wanna tell them that they should face the reality that they are a creature who is important in this planet.

El cerebro, una máquina compleja que en el caso de los filtros mentales puede beneficiarnos, pero en otros casos vernos comprometidos ante el cuestionamiento de como vemos la realidad. Un excelente post amigo, @chbartist.

It is difficult for me to realize my thought is toward to a negative way sometimes. Then later, it is only after a relationship goes diffrent way that I think I am right. But, actually my negative thought leads to this ending. I will follow your advice from today to make a diffrence. Thank you for your sharing.

Good and positive thought always help life improve stay forever positive thought bring happiness in life

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@chbartist Great piece of info....an absolute Masterpiece!

Henceforth let us destroy this negative force aka mental filters by filtering it out of our minds or else we are the ones who will be destroyed!

the mental filter distortion focuses on a single negative and excludes all the positive.

By adjusting your automatic thoughts each day, you can influence your emotions and behaviors.

Try to identify the basis for your distorted thoughts, and then challenge them. What evidence do you truly have to support these beliefs? There are likely far more instances where you had success and things went well.

Seek the opinions of others about whether your thoughts and outlooks are accurate. If you truly believe that your colleagues have it in for you, refer to a few trusted peers for objectivity.

Rather than thinking about your situation in a black or white polarity, assess things on a scale of 0 to 100. Things not materialized can be seen as partial successes rather than failures.

Amazing @chbartist ...!!

Hello @chbartist! You never fail to enlighten me with your post! I think that mental distortion might be the reason why racial prejudice or discrimination happens in our world today. Like, if a person is Yemeni or a Muslim, the first thing that some people would think is, it must be a terrorist! Or, when someone is a Christian in the Middle East- especially Americans- some would think- they are here to spy on us and see how much oil , gold and other resources we have!

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I understand what you mean, there may even be people who are there for that. But I know that most people in the world are good, people are who tend to look on the negative side rather than see the qualities of people. In my case I can say that I have been in many places in the world, I have always been respected because I know how to respect and I have never made a distinction between people regardless of their country or culture. Respect above all!

I think that many of the mental filters are products of socially desirable conceptions and that the brain learns from a very early age; perhaps its purpose was to make us more cautious, that is, a defense mechanism. Mental filters are very strict censors that impede correct decision making.

In my opinion, the best project that we must have in our life is to reach a state of Serenity of mind, if we manage to reach this goal all the rest becomes easy to achieve with intelligence, and to arrive at the State of Serenity of Mind We must take care of the brain which is as you said the precious treasure we have in life.

People, usually tend to give more importance to the negative side of things, always leaving out or giving less importance to positive things.

The example shown is very graphic, in a loving relationship we always see the two parts of the other person, positive and negative, but we always give more importance to the negative part, depriving us of living nicer situations and preventing us from doing Decisions, which are not always correct.

We must develop our mind and get rid of those complexes that deprive us of living better experiences throughout life.

A very inspiring post


Posts that give us the motivation to always reason and common sense. In the face of a bad situation we often lose our common sense so we cannot choose and find a solution well. We all need to train ourselves to always think using rational considerations. Although often the feeling will feel oppressed or feel sick. however, if we think further it will succeed in overcoming the problem well
Thank you @chbartist
thank you steemit
Warm greetings from Indonesia

actually Most situations i have perceive the situation changes It is possible to change negative thinking, make an effort to match every negative thought about a situation with a positive one.

good interesting article, thanks for sharing.

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@berniesanders, where are you?

Are you paying people to write your articles? I imagine you must be. It’s the only logical explanation.

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To question a man's integrity, one must know the man. If you do not know if he is paying someone to write his articles for him than you do not know the man. If you do not know the man than the only thing you can say about someone you do not know is your opinion/perspective. Therefore to assume one person's perspective (your perspective) is the only logical explanation is unlogical. Operation under one's own opinion with the perspective that it the only logical answer, is the fools path. Stay in the middle and all things become possible. With respect @mazzle @chbartist

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Unfortunately people have the bad habit of measuring us by their rules. This is the case of a comment that to me represents a person envious because it does not see itself able and for this it tries to denigrate the others before the frustrations of them. They should bother to develop, study, and work 16 to 18 hours a day as I do. As for you my friend @liberian thank you for your comment so accurate. We don't need peoples like this here. The door is open! Regards

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Well that's a rude response. I'm not envious at all, and I find the accusation offensive. I'm simply curious about one person creating such a high frequency of posts that all end up on the trending page.

And I don't appreciate being told that I don't belong here given how much I have contributed to this platform over the past 18 months and the amount of support that I have personally provided to new users of the platform.

If Steemit is your full time job then I can see how you can create such a vast quantity of content. However, I don't agree with promoting posts in the manner that you do. By spending thousands of Steem on promotion, you are responsible for removing a huge amount of Steem from the rewards pool that would be better off going to those who are trying to earn something via organic votes.

But each to their own strategy. You be you. Even if you are paying others to create your content. Which isn't a far fetched conclusion given that I was here before you arrived on the platform and was witness to your first posts on Steemit.

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I apologize if you found the answer rude, but do not understand it that way. If you read all my posts from the beginning especially those that I got down to the bottom in my life you would often know me better. I work 16 to 18 hours a day and I'm a working machine myself. If that is not possible for you in your thinking I respect, but I'm sorry but rude is kulgar someone you do not know the history of that person. I am here to contribute to everyone from the beginning and I have enough experience and honesty and respect to know what I am doing with my peace of mind on my pillow.
About promotions they are part of the platform, in addition I invested 100 steems in two weeks. Do you think it harms people? Please look at things from another angle and try to use a more appropriate vocabulary next time. I resposito your work and effort in steem and know that I am not disappointed with you. You have my support as many others have, but with a Positive Minset. You are very welcome and again I'm sorry you understood how rude my words but reread yours in your first comment. I believe that if you are a good person you will understand what I am saying and appreciate the simple fact that I am responding respectfully to you! Regards and Success.

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flagging war?

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Purely based on ideology.

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I know all about mental filters. I have OCD and the filters there are almost non existant. You need to build them abd that is really hard. Imagine a normal person mental filter. It gets dusty overtime, needs cleaning. Now picture a filter of an ocd person. It gets clogged constantly. You cannot breathe until you do it. It is 100 times worse.