Last week was amazing! Learning about how the brain develops in order and through experience of things like play therapy. We always think of the brain as being a static organ, but experience–the books we read, the places we go, the people we meet, and the games we play–rewrite the pathways of our thoughts. It is amazing to think that memories are stored throughout the brain, built on pathways that connect the whole experience.
I believe, and the latest research shows, that we can control our behavior through our thoughts, and feelings if we address the memories, experiences, and assumptions taught us early on. And guess what the most effective ways to rewire our brain are? Through play, stories, activities, experiences of positive relationships, THROUGH play therapy. Who would have thought that God would have created in us a love for the things that make us more healthy?
How can you learn more? Read Louann Brizendine’s book The Female Brain. She talks about the female brain’s development throughout the lifetime. Or you could read Bruce Perry’s The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog. He talks about how he has worked neurological therapies into his work as a child psychiatrist. While it isn’t as much about the brain, the book Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children by McIlhaney, Jr and Freda McKissic Bush helped me learn about how attachments form between people.
This is such an exciting time to learn about how our minds, hearts, and bodies work together. If you have questions or want more information, call or write me! I love to talk about all that I have learned.