The mind is the seat of consciousness, the essence of your being. Without a mind, you cannot be considered meaningfully alive.
Traditionally, scientists have tried to define the mind as the product of brain activity but growing evidence shows that the mind goes far beyond the physical workings of your brain.
The brain plays an incredibly important role but the mind cannot be confined to what’s inside our skull, or even our body as Dan Siegel, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and the author of a recently published book, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human has stated and explained after years of research and exploration.
The mind is “the emergent self-organizing process, both embodied and relational, that regulates energy and information flow within and among us.”
Some experiences are hard to forget; how do we create and store memories? We store events in an area of the brain that isn't discriminatory: both true and false memories activate similar brain regions. The brain can't identify real from imaginary. The mind does. Awareness does. And by using this principle is when we can make decisions that make a difference in the quality of our experiences, the quality of our lives.
In the long-running battle of whether our thoughts and personalities are controlled by genes or environment, scientists have a convincing body of evidence that it could both! The ability to study individual genes points to many human traits that we have little control over, yet in many realms, peer pressure or upbringing has been shown heavily influence who we are and what we do.
Mind extends beyond our physical selves; our mind is not simply our perception of experiences, but those experiences themselves.
When we realize that the mind is not just brain activity but a relational process, there’s this huge shift in this sense of belonging, the sense of self, and the feeling of isolation.
Consciousness: this complex topic has afflicted the scientific community since ancient times. Only recently have neuroscientists considered consciousness a realistic research topic. The greatest brainteaser in this field has been to explain how processes in the brain give rise to subjective experiences.
Narrative is the choice of which events to relate and in what order to relate them – so it is a representation or specific manifestation of the story, rather than the story itself. The easy way to remember the difference between story and narrative is to reshuffle the order of events. A new event order means you have a new narrative of the same story.
Narrative turns a story into information, or better, into "knowledge". The "narrative" is therefore responsible for how the person perceives the story. The difficulty in terms of psychology, emotions, and behavior, is that story, like truth, is an illusion created by narrative.