Thursday, May 19, 2011

O' Magazine

I don't recall a time when I have looked at O'Magazine, but today I went with my co-worker to the police station across the street to pay a parking ticket. While I was waiting for her, I saw O'Magazine on a table. I picked it up and started to glance through the pages. I think part of the reason why I picked it up is because I know Oprah's show will be ending next week. I haven't watched her show much but I know that a lot of people like her show and that she has done a lot of good. I don't get a lot of time to watch t.v., so I sometimes only hear about shows from others.

But, as I glanced through the pages of this magazine, I found an article that caught me eye. It is called "Women and the Negativity Receptor"

Here is the caption at the top of the article, which also caught my interest.

"Why is it that women pick up on the slightest slur and never hear the good stuff? Criticisms are stored forever; compliments evaporate instantly."

Here is a paragraph from the article.

"Why it that some people, the Donald Trumps of the world, seem to believe only the best about themselves, while others—perhaps especially women, perhaps especially young women—seize on the most self-critical thoughts they can come up with? "It turns out there's an area of your brain that's assigned the task of negative thinking," says Louann Brizendine, MD, a neuropsychiatrist at the University of California, San Francisco, and the author of The Female Brain. "It's judgmental. It says 'I'm too fat' or 'I'm too old.' It's a barometer of every social interaction you have. It goes on red alert when the feedback you're getting from other people isn't going well." This worrywart part of the brain is the anterior cingulate cortex. In women, it's actually larger and more influential, as is the brain circuitry for observing emotions in others. "The reason we think females have more emotional sensitivity," says Brizendine, "is that we've been built to be immediately responsive to the needs of a nonverbal infant. That can be both a good thing and a bad thing."

If this interests you, read on :)

I found it inspiring because the article stated that even if you have the tendency to have negative thoughts, that you also have the power to change those thoughts.

I think it is worth reading

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for posting this. It is inspiring and so encouraging to know that those negative thought patterns really can be changed.