Do brain training games work? The evidence suggests not. But even ignoring evidence, there’s a clue – something that only genuine mind training exercises do.
I’ve often criticised brain training – those cutesy computer games that supposedly make you smarter. It’s easy to judge when they don’t work. Stanford looked into the industry ages ago and found it was nothing but a pile of huge claims.
Play those games and you get better at them. That’s about all you could honestly say about them.
Do the benefits translate into a sharper, healthier and more resilient brain? Stanford doesn’t think so. And this is anecdotal, I know, but during my long stint of playing these games, I didn’t notice much change in my everyday life.
Unlike with the stuff Stanford says does work – unsexy, commonsense things like exercise, socialising and getting your hands dirty. I noticed a difference once I started deliberately doing these.
But I can make another criticism of brain training. After all, maybe some of them do work. Perhaps tomorrow someone will invent a game that actually makes you smarter.
This, I think, is the most damning accusation:
Brain training games are boring.
Sure, they start off kinda fun. You click here and memorise that. It’s all an exciting whirlwind of colours and shapes – especially as you get better at the game.
It gets old, fast. Eventually you start seeing it for all it is – a really simple computer game.
Mind training, on the other hand, is anything but boring.
It’s like how exercise engages your entire body and mind. If one routine bores you, there are billions of things you can try. Is the gym no longer cutting it? Try jogging, tennis, dancing or gardening. Find the right activity and you’ll struggle to feel bored.
That’s how you know it works, in a way. The brain wants to grow stronger. Mind training works, so you never lose interest. In fact, the more you do it, the more you crave it.
It’s the same with hypnotic trances. I can, and have, spent 9am to 6pm in various hypnotic states. What did I do as soon as I got home?
Put myself in a trance to experience it all over again.
Entering the trance state, whether through meditation or self-hypnosis, makes your mind stronger. It brings unconscious material into conscious awareness, expanding what you’re capable of. And the brain is meant to do this in the way your arm muscle is meant to lift heavy things.
The more you do it, the smarter you become… and the more you crave it.
And it doesn’t hurt that you can use hypnotic trances to clear old emotions, create new habits and access powerful mental states.
Because it’s so natural, it isn’t hard to learn. It takes the right sort of practice – like exercise, there’s a right and wrong way to do it. Work with your mind and you’ll learn quickly while having a ton of fun.
And I happen to have a self-hypnosis guide right here. Once you have this, you have everything you need to train your mind, enter trances and uncover great reservoirs of intelligence.
This skill changes everything. Once you grab it from here, you’ll never look back:
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