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Selective attention means our brains can only take in so much data and we tend to ignore things we won’t find important at the moment.
This is why you can hear your name in a crowded room. It is why you start to see the car you just bought everywhere you go.
The question is can you train your brain to pay attention to what you want to pay attention to?
The Baader-Meinhof phenomenon occurs when the thing you’ve just noticed, experienced, or been told about suddenly crops up constantly. Like when you hear a new word for the first time, or when you see your new car everywhere.
This also happens when you learn something new and then see it as a solution to every problem. Your brain wants to apply new solutions to every problem.
Your thoughts become actions, your actions habits, your habits become character, and your character becomes destiny.
You can change your destiny by changing your thoughts and words which change your actions.
Your brain will always have selective attention, but you can use it to your advantage if you are aware of it and willing to put in some work.
Looking for more ways to understand how to control how your brain works to use it to your advantage?
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