When we think of the brain we think of a physical organ. When we think of the mind, especially our thoughts, we think of…well, what? And herein lies the rub, what exactly are thoughts? Clearly, we don’t think of thoughts as having a physical presence in the body; as a patient recently assured me, “They’re just thoughts.” Unfortunately, when it comes to understanding the nature of thoughts, neuroscience still remains in the dark. One thing we do know through brain imaging research is that thoughts correspond to the activity of neurons, but exactly how this happens or what’s the biology behind it, well, as my patient might say, it just happens. We simply don’t have the answers. Yet.
We may not be able to pin down the neurobiology of our thoughts, but make no mistake, insecurity driven thoughts (doubts, fears, and negatives) over time change our brain’s chemistry creating the imbalances so typical of anxiety and depression.