There It Is Again

There It Is Again

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I’ve said it before, and this week, we will revisit the idea in this episode.

Our brains love patterns.

You’ve probably experienced this somehow but may have yet to make the connection.

You discover a new song, a car, a phrase, and over the next few days or weeks, you begin to hear or see that thing everywhere. As much as we might like to think this has something to do with us, it doesn’t. This item, car, or song has less to do with the object and more with our attention. This is a concept better known as frequency bias or the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon.

Frequency Bias/Illusion aka Baader-Meinhof phenomenon
Psychology Today says, “…a cognitive bias in which someone learns a novel word or concept—and then ‘suddenly’ encounters it everywhere, whereas in fact, it is just more salient because it has been recently observed. “

There is so much happening around us daily that our brains cannot keep up with it all.

So how does this work?

When we pay special attention to a specific car, our brains are primed to spot it later. If we study or read up on a new concept, we will see other examples of the idea in our daily lives.

Looking for Patterns

What if we took this same idea and applied it to our thoughts?

What if you began to see and become more aware of your thinking patterns?

If we are trying to get to the root of the problem, we must learn to recognize unhealthy patterns of thought that lead to behaviors. As we begin to recognize these patterns, we can work on changing our default behavior.

Last week, we began writing down our negative thoughts in 24 hours. In this episode, we will take a closer look at those notes. As you look over them, do you see any patterns emerge?

If we want to change these patterns of behavior, we first need to be able to recognize them. Completing exercises that allow us to see and recognize our patterns will take time and effort. If you are willing to do the work, this will help you see themes and begin connecting the dots.

Connecting the Dots

Our brains constantly try to make sense of our circumstances and the world around us. Sometimes, the brain makes incorrect assumptions based on the information at hand. These assumptions are stored in memory, and we take action based on them.

The question I bet you are asking is, what happens when our assumptions are wrong?

For many people, unhealthy seeds begin to take root. The more that we reinforce or water these unhealthy assumptions, the stronger they grow.

The longer these ideas are reinforced, the more intentional effort it will take to change them.

Verse for Reflection

“Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

Source

[1] Fileta, D. (2023). Reset. Harvest House Publishers.

Transcript

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Welcome to the Overflow podcast. My name

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is Craig Booker. The title of this

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episode is There It Is Again. The

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material in this episode is inspired by

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Reset by Deborah Fileta. I will talk a lot

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about mental health, but please note that

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this is not a substitute for therapy or

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mental health care. Our brains love

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patterns. I’ve said it before and this

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week we’ll revisit the idea in this

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episode. Our brains love patterns. You

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probably experienced this somehow but

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have yet to make the

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connection. You discover a new song, a car,

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a phrase, a new idea, and over the next

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few days or weeks, you begin to see and

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hear this thing everywhere. And as much

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as we’d like to think that this has

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something to do with us it doesn’t. This

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item, this car, this phrase or this song

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has less to do with the object and more

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to do with our attention. This is a

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concept, better known as frequency bias

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or the badar mhof phenomenon. So what is

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frequency bias? Psychology Today says

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it’s a cognitive bias in which someone

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learns a novel word or concept and then

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suddenly encounters it everywhere

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wherein whereas in fact it is just more

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Salient because it has been recent ly

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observed when we pay special attention

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to a specific car a song a concept our

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brains are primed to spot it later if we

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study up or read on a New Concept we

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will begin to see examples of this New

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Concept in our daily lives looking for

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patterns what if we took this same idea

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and applied it to our thoughts what if

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you began to see and become aware of

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your thought pattern patterns if we are

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trying to get to the root of the problem

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we must learn to recognize unhealthy

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patterns of thoughts that lead to

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behaviors as we begin to recognize these

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patterns we can work on changing our

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default

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Behavior last week we began writing down

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our negative thoughts that occurred in a

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24-hour period in this episode we’ll

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take a closer look at those notes as you

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look over them do you see any patterns

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emerging

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if we want to change these patterns of

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behavior we first need to be able to

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recognize them that is step one

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completing exercises that allow us to

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see and recognize our patterns will take

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time and effort if you’re willing to do

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the work this will help you see themes

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and begin connecting the

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dots connecting the dots our brains are

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constantly trying to make sense of

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circumstances and the world around us

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sometimes the brain makes incorrect

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assumptions based on the information at

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hand these assumptions are stored in

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memory and we take action upon them the

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question I bet you’re asking is what

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happens if our assumptions are wrong for

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many people unhealthy seeds begin to

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take root the more that we reinforce or

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water these unhealthy assumptions the

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stronger they grow the longer these

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ideas are reinforced the more

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intentional effort it will take to

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change them

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verse for reflection Philippians 4:8

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says whatever is true whatever is Noble

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whatever is right whatever is pure

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whatever is lovely whatever is admirable

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if anything is excellent or praiseworthy

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think about such things if you like the

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video please give us a thumbs up and be

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sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out

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on future episodes

 

Show Notes

Episode Description

In this episode, we discuss the chapter There It Is Again. This is part of a study inspired by Reset – Powerful Habits to Own Your Thoughts, Understand Your Feelings, and Change Your Life by Debra Fileta. We take concepts from the book each week and apply them to brain health.

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Last updated on: 03/13/2024

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