…what was I saying?
How many of us have had our attention literally fly out the window? Mid-thought, mid-sentence, it doesn’t matter. When it goes, it goes. One minute you’ll be listening to your friend talk ;” …and my mom gave me a shirt for christmas…” and the next you’ll be thinking of what your christmas was like, whether or not your mother liked her gift from you, how much money you have spent, how much work you are behind on, and the stress sets in…all the while your friend is still talking. You only stop and come back to the moment when he or she asks you a question, or notices your eyes wandering and your complete lack of attention. If they are a good friend they’ll know its just how you are, how you have always been. If not, they may take offense that you weren’t listening and that friendship won’t last long.
So what is it that triggers our inattention? Why do some of us lose ourselves to our many thoughts? Why are we quick to loose focus and get sidetracked easily? Why do we have difficulty organizing tasks? Why do we avoid tasks that require sustained mental effort? Why can’t we seem to remember where we put our wallet, keys, cellphones etc.? The answer lies in your brainwave patterns (qEEG).
Humans as a species emit different brainwaves depending on their current states. For example the ability to focus or concentrate on a task, which is essential for learning, requires a certain brain state, while the ability to ‘quiet’ the mind in order to fall asleep, requires a different brain state. Many people who have such problems (eg. ADD/ADHD), alternate between extreme states of inattention and hyper-focus, which is a less flexible and inefficient state. This state often prevents information integration, clarity in problem solving, or appropriate emotional responses. Neurofeedback training boosts mental flexibility and creates a path for shifting attention and focus when needed. By using visual, sound or tactile feedback, neurofeedback produces operant conditioning of the brain, which can be used to improve functioning in many ways.