The mind is a set of cognitive faculties including consciousness, perception, thinking, judgment, language and memory. It is usually defined as the faculty of an entity’s thoughts and consciousness. It holds the power of imagination, recognition, and appreciation, and is responsible for processing feelings and emotions, resulting in attitudes and actions.
Idealism and Dualism are two views regarding the relation of the mind to the brain and nervous system:

  •  Dualism (Mind–body dualism): is a view in the philosophy of mind that mental phenomena are, in some respects, non-physical, or that the mind and body are distinct and separable.        Thus, it encompasses a set of views about the relationship between mind and matter, and between subject and object, and is contrasted with other positions, such as physicalism and enactivism, in the mind–body problem.
  • Idealism: is the group of metaphysical philosophies which assert that reality, or reality as humans can know it, is fundamentally mental, mentally constructed, or otherwise immaterial.

Like the physical organs of the body, the mind needs to be cared for, for effective growth and development. In this article, we will be reviewing some useful tips for mental growth and development:

Completely Analyze Situations:
To fully grow as individuals, we must develop a mindset that is attuned to building a thorough understanding of any situation in which we find ourselves. Confusion and misunderstanding are breeding grounds for indecision, anger and self-doubt – factors associated with faulty thinking and negative thought patterns.        Therefore, before judging any situation, or problem, it is best to step back and place yourself in the shoes of those involved; gather a complete picture of what has occurred to determine what has happened and why based on objective observation rather than pre-conceived notions and prejudices.

Remain Calm In The Face Of Adversity:
Our attitude under pressure stems from how we decide to respond to a given situation. Don’t give up out of frustration and panic, rather think things through and develop a mindset geared to achieving success.

Maintain Focus:
Strengthening your mind in any area involves complete focus on whatever we wish to accomplish. Sure there are times to fully relax, and these are important for resting and recharging, but if we must accomplish what we set out to, we must apply focus in our lives when and where it counts.

That’s how far we can go on this edition. In our next article, we will be considering more useful tips for mental growth and development.

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