A new study has used brain monitoring to show that through training and therapy, we can strengthen our ability to control our own impulses. Many people who pursue therapy and counseling for addiction, attention issues (e.g. ADHD), and eating disorders (especially binge eating) struggle to fight impulses, even when they know those impulses do not represent behaviors that they want for their lives. The new study shows that “mind over matter” is not just a cliché. Through cognitive behavioral therapy and repetitious practice, we can in effect re-wire our own brains and become stronger than the impulses themselves. This study provides further scientific proof of just how effective therapy can be in treating not just emotional issues, but practical behavioral issues as well.
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