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Information Overload? Let The Brain Complete The Picture

The brain has an in-built ability to deal with incomplete information to cope with most situations and problems.  Learn to use this ability to cope with information overload.

Many of us let trivial things distract us from the bigger picture.  But, when it comes to filling in the blanks in information, our brains are capable of the most astounding feats.  Imagine that you are offered a promotion in your company in another department.  This is a significant development in your career  but the new job will mean more stress although you have been offered a much higher salary, the job is challenging, the colleagues pleasant and the boss appears to be understanding and easy to talk to.  The problem is, you have to make up your mind in 3 days because there are other well-qualified applicants for the job waiting in line.

You are not quite sure if you should accept the offer and you try to find out if there are any hidden drawbacks.  You ask if it would be a problem if you had to take some time off at short notice some time in the future.  By asking this question, you would be able to find out if the working environment is really as cordial and agreeable  as your first impression had led you to believe.  More importantly, it will also provide clues as to whether the boss will in fact remain as friendly and flexible as your first impression of him.  As the moment for your decision draws near, you have fresh doubts entering your mind.  Sometimes you wake up in the middle of the night breaking out in cold sweat.   In the end, you must decide to say “Yes” to the job or to reject the offer.  Despite the fact you do not have all the answers you need.

Very often, we are all forced to make split second decisions.   For example, you are driving close to a group of kids cycling on the streets, one of them could suddenly swerve into your path as you pass.  When you are buying a present for a loved one, many questions pop into your head.  How much money do you want to spend” Which colour does he or she like it to be ?  A funny or meaningful card to go with the gift?   Should you buy a music CD or a book?  Another example, if you want to buy a house, you can inspect it many times but certain parts, the foundation for example, will always be hidden from view.   Even if we don’t know all the important details, we often make decisions which can turn out to be good ones.  The reason for this is the brain’s ability to fill in the gaps of the whole picture in our minds.  Often times, we are not even aware of this happening.  In our imagination, we can replace any missing information, thus creating a complete picture.  This trick of perception has been proven many times, and even primitive men relied on it.  When they spot the tail of the tiger in the bushes, the eyes of the crocodile above the water line or the flight of startled birds in the trees, all these point to the existence of danger nearby.   It is largely due to the functioning of the brain that we can cope with the world. 

The brain has an innate ability to expand bits  information into sound and solid knowledge.  Ancient Greeks use this fact to memorise chunks of information and accelerate their memory and learning.  The Chinese form words and vocabulary inspired by nature and their surroundings, purely by observation.  Some memory techniques use the method of picture association to memorise huge amount of information.  So the next time you feel overwhelm by the sheer weight of informationFree Articles, understand that you don’t have to know everything down to the last detail to make an informed choice or decision.

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