>>BTW, I meant to post this a couple of days ago: There have been studies that show that thought patterns will actually establish a kind of "groove" in your brain that makes it more likely that the same patterns will repeat/become stronger. That is, negative thoughts will, in effect, establish a physical propensity for continued and increased negative thoughts. That's why cognitive therapy/cognitive awareness is so important. By focusing on the negative, by letting negative thoughts be, you are actually creating a downward spiral that makes deprssion worse, which of course leads to more negative thoughts, which...etc., etc. And that's something that can be physically tracked in your brain.>>
If we accept that the mind is physical, seated in but not limited to the brain, then this is necessarily true. What else would experience be but pattern of neurochemical activity elicited in response to the body and external environment? Anyway, if you've seen the same studies I have, these go so far as to argue that CBT will have a measurable effect on neuromodulatory function (e.g., levels of serotonin).
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