Where Does Identity Come From?

A fascinating new neuroscience experiment probes an ancient philosophical question—and hints that you might want to get out more

May 28, 2013 | By Jason Castro | Scientific American

 

“…Julia Freund and her colleagues undertook a simple, yet remarkable recent study.  These investigators placed genetically identical individuals (mice in this case) in a common environment, and asked whether systematic behavioral differences could still develop between them. An answer of “Yes” would mean that there are sources of behavioral variability – “individuality,” if you will – that aren’t accounted for by the combination of genes and common environment…The most interesting part of the study, however, came when the researchers examined the brain changes that paralleled the changes in exploratory behavior… While most neurons are fashioned during early development, there are a handful of well-studied brain areas in which new neurons are continuously produced even in adulthood...The authors conjecture that these neurons are involved in tailoring and tuning our behaviors, applying context-specific corrections and adjustments to the more hard-coded aspects of our behavior. In their words, the ways in which we live our lives may make us who we are…Regardless of these specifics, this experiment is a potent reminder that our lives are a work in progress…”

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This fascinating new study hints at the possibility that we may be responsible for much of our development and the perceptions that we have of our life experiences. Being this the case, the work offered by hypnotherapy may appear important in the shaping of our own personality. If we can decide how we want to be- as long as this is realistic, safe, healthy and achievable- and we can rehearse this way of being from a hypnotic state, we may become capable of shaping our own perception and experience of life, of ourselves and of the world around us. Hypnotherapy offers a range of techniques which encourage the practice of this experience from a hypnotic state.

 

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About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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