The science of reflecting

I have already touched on some of the science behind this area. You have seen how the brain responds well to challenge and how it needs to process or reflect on this. You experience something and the brain attempts to fit it into existing patterns, to classify it, in effect to reflect on it. If the brain receives a painful stimulus when you bump into something, it remembers this and you work out a different route in future. This is how the mind operates.

Nevertheless, there are some aspects of the way in which the brain works that can deter you from reflecting on your mistakes. So, for example, the negative effect of stress on the mind means that it can be very difficult to work in places where reflection and admission of failure are not possible. Worries build up and performance levels go down.

The brain's instinctive pattern making also produces another tendency that can be negative as well as positive: making connections and filling in gaps. This is why you see things that are not in fact present in some visual puzzles. Your brain completes the picture, filling in the gaps. The same operates in the workplace. A mistake is made and your brain begins to worry away at what happened. If the culture of the organization is one in which it is not acceptable to admit to mistakes, there will be an uneasy vacuum after any major error. Gossip and rumor will move in to try to provide a solution. And workplace gossip may be much more unhelpful than the plain admission of fault, reflection on why it happened, and a decision to move on better prepared in the future.

Because your brain is a pattern-making mechanism, it has often done its reflection without your being consciously aware of it. So, you may be able to wake up the morning after something has happened with a clearer sense of its meaning.

And finally, if your brain does not get feedback, it cannot know whether what it has experienced is something you want it to have more of or not, if it is important or trivial, life enhancing or life threatening.

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