How Questions Affect Your Brain and Reality
Let’s talk about how questions have a powerful effect on our reality and what actually happens in our brain when we ask a question.
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Fast Company Article
Want To Know What Your Brain Does When It Hears A Question
Questions hijack the brain. The moment you hear one, you literally can’t think of anything else. And that can be a powerful tool.
“Behavioral scientists have also found that just asking people about their future decisions significantly influences those decisions, a phenomenon known as the “mere measurement effect.” Back in 1993, social scientists Vicki Morwitz, Eric Johnson, and David Schmittlein conducted a study with more than 40,000 participants that revealed that simply asking someone if people were going to purchase a new car within six months increased their purchase rates by 35%.”
“As neuroscientist John Medina puts it in his book Brain Rules, “Research shows that we can’t multitask. We are biologically incapable of processing attention-rich inputs simultaneously.” Likewise, Nobel Prize–winning economist Herbert Simon has written that human beings consciously “operate largely in serial fashion. The more demanding the task, the more we are single-minded.”
At every personal development event that I’ve gone to, from NLP and Tony Robbins events to motivation based events, they always talk about asking the right questions. There is power in framing questions in a positive light in order to get positive answers.
One of the parts of the brain that helps with this is called the Reticular Activating System. The RAS finds answers to those questions.
Let me know a positive question that you’re going to ask yourself to help you move your life in to a positive direction?