Robert F Mullen, PhD
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The distinction between social anxiety disorder and social anxiety is a matter of severity; reference to one includes the other. The recovery tools and techniques provided apply to most emotional malfunctions, including depression, substance abuse, ADHD, PTSD, generalized anxiety, and self-esteem and motivation issues. These malfunctions originate homogeneously, their trajectories differentiated by environment, experience, and the diversity of human thought and behavior.
“Dr. Mullen is doing impressive work helping the world. He is the pioneer of proactive neuroplasticity utilizing DRNI – deliberate, repetitive, neural information.” – WeVoice (Madrid, Málaga)
Constructing Our Neural Information
One of the primary objectives in recovery is to produce rapid, concentrated neurological stimulation to overwhelm the negative polarity of our neural network. Neural stimuli are sensory – sights, sounds, tactile impressions; mental in the form of memory, intuition, and ideas; and emotional incited by images, words, and music.
Neural information is something conveyed or represented that produces a brain neuronal response. Proactive neuroplasticity aids in positively restructuring our neural network by inputting succinct, self-affirming, and self-motivating statements – affirmations of our character strengths, virtues, and attributes.
Goal and Objectives
The primary goal of recovery from social anxiety is the moderation of our fears and anxieties. We achieve this through a three-pronged approach.
- Replace or overwhelm our negative thoughts and behaviors with healthy, productive ones.
- Produce rapid, concentrated neurological stimulation to overwhelm the negative abundance of our neural network.
- Regenerate our self-esteem through mindfulness of our assets.
Replace, restructure, and regenerate.
The deliberate and repetitive input of positive information accelerates and consolidates neural restructuring. The intent and content of our information determine its positive or negative energy, i.e., the size, amount, or degree of that which passes from one neural atom to another.
Plasticity is the quality of being shaped or molded. In physiology, plasticity is the adaptability of an organism to changes in its environment or differences between its various habitats. Neuroplasticity is the continual reorganization of our brain’s synaptic connections in response to learning or experience.
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Three Forms of Human Neuroplasticity
Human neuroplasticity happens in three forms. Reactive neuroplasticity is our brain’s natural response to things over which we have limited to no control – stimuli we absorb but do not initiate: a car alarm, lightning, or the smell of baked goods. Our neural network automatically restructures itself to what happens around us.
Active neuroplasticity happens through pursuits like creating, yoga, and journaling. We control active neuroplasticity because we choose the activity, whether intentional, unconscious, or impulsive. A significant component of active neuroplasticity is our altruistic and compassionate social behavior, e.g., teaching, compassion, and random acts of kindness.
Proactive neuroplasticity is our ability to govern our emotional well-being through DRNI – the deliberate, repetitive neural input of information. What is significant is how we dramatically accelerate and consolidate learning by consciously compelling our brain to repattern its neural circuitry. Proactive neuroplasticity empowers us to transform our thoughts and behaviors, proactively creating healthy new mindsets, skills, and abilities.
The hemispheric synchronization of proactive and active neuroplasticity are the two processes of what Jeffrey Schwartz coined self-directed neuroplasticity. Our brain’s right hemisphere manages our emotions, creativity, intuition, and imagination. That is the function of active neuroplasticity. Proactive neuroplasticity functions within our left hemisphere’s rational, analytical, and quantitative pursuits.
While the benefits of active neuroplasticity are apparent, the deliberate and repetitive neural input of proactive neuroplasticity is a controlled process that devises the positive statements we commit to memory and mentally or orally repeat to expedite learning and unlearning. This process requires the construction of information that is substantial and sound.
Our Neural Network
Neurons are the core components of our brain and central nervous system. They convey information through electrical activity. The stimulus sparks a receptor neuron that stimulates a presynaptic neuron that forwards that information to a postsynaptic neuron and then onto millions of participating neurons, causing a cellular chain reaction in multiple interconnected brain areas.
Hebbian Learning states that the repeated and persistent stimulation of a presynaptic neural cell increases the efficiency of the postsynaptic cells that generate the neural chain reaction. It describes how neuroplasticity accelerates and consolidates learning.
Deliberate Neural Input
A deliberate act is a premeditated one. We initiate and control the process. To be proactive is to cause something to happen intentionally rather than respond to it after it has happened. Proactive neuroplasticity is the deliberate act of reconstructing our neural network through rapid, concentrated neurological stimulation. Its purpose is to overwhelm or replace harmful and toxic neural input with healthy, positive information.
Repetitive Neural Input
Repetition is the act or instance of repeating or being repeated – in this case, our neural information. Common synonyms of repetitive include monotonous, tedious, and mind-numbing. Consequently, the process can be off-putting unless we remain mindful of its purpose, which is the positive realignment of our neural network.
Neural Benefits of Proactive Neuroplasticity
The deliberate, repetitive neural input of information activates long-term potentiation, increasing the nerve impulses’ strength along the connecting pathways and generating more energy. Additionally, the process creates higher levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factors) – proteins associated with improved cognitive functioning, mental health, and memory.
The neural chain reaction generated by repetition reciprocates, in abundance, the energy of the information. Millions of neurons amplify the electrical activity on a massive scale. Positive information in, positive energy returned in abundance. Conversely, negative information in, negative energy reciprocated. Thus, the value of positive reinforcement.
When the activity of the axon pathways heightens, the neurotransmissions of roughly 50 chemical hormones accelerate, including GABA for relaxation, dopamine for pleasure and motivation, endorphins to boost our self-esteem, and serotonin for a sense of well-being. Acetylcholine supports neuroplasticity, glutamate enhances our memory, and noradrenalin improves concentration.
Neural input is the stimuli that impact our brain and compel its circuits to realign and create new neurons. However, the gateway to information – our receptor neurons – do not react to every stimulation. Our brain receives around two million bits of data per second but processes roughly 126 bits, so it is vital to provide substantial information.
Steps to Information Input
We begin by identifying the goal of our information. What is our intention and motivation? Are we focused on a specific challenge? Are we reinforcing a character strength? What is the personal milestone we want to achieve? Firm, specific goals enable the process.
We deliberately construct our information – the self-empowering statement(s) that supports our goal. We make it sound and viable to ensure its integrity and efficacy. The most productive information is guided by the following criteria.
Rational: Our objective is to subvert the irrationality of our negative self-beliefs. Rational is left-brain, analytical activity.
Reasonable: Right-brain activity supported by sound judgment; sensible. “I will publish my first novel” is an unreasonable expectation if we choose to remain illiterate.
Possible: If our goals are impossible, our efforts are futile. “I will win a Grammy” is not a viable option for the tone-deaf.
Positive: Anything else is counterproductive to our primary objective.
Unconditional: Placing limitations on our commitment by using words like maybe, might, and perhaps is our unconscious avoidance of accountability. Saying I might do something essentially means we may or may not do something depending upon our mood or disposition. How comfortable are we when someone says, I might consider paying you for your work?
Goal-Focused: If we do not know our destination, our path will be unfocused and meandering.
First-Person, Present or Future Time: The past is immutable, and the future is indeterminate. “I am confident.” “I will be supportive.”
Succinct: Brief, clearly expressed, and easily memorized.
The importance of productive neural input is indisputable. It expedites and integrates our three complementary goals. The deliberate replacement of our negative thoughts and beliefs with healthy, productive ones assists in changing the energy polarity of our neural network and simultaneously helps regenerate our self-esteem.
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