How many of you like to make friends on Facebook, or follow people on Instagram or make strong connects on Linkedin. The reason we do all these networking is for our benefit to have lasting friendship, to be a trendsetter and to get better career prospects. Surprisingly our brain does the same by creating neural networks that help us increase our awareness and our knowledge base. Eg: When I say apple, what all can you recollect. I will recollect the colour Red, a Doctor, Iphone, Kashmir and Switzerland. I am able to associate the word apple with 5 different things because that is my knowledge base and that’s the neural connection my brain has already established for the word apple.
Our Brain’s neural networking works in similar fashion as the social networking we do in our social life.
THE LONGER YOU SPEND TIME, THE STRONGER THE CONNECTION
When we spend more time with someone the social networking that we create with that person is also longer and may at times last a life time, very similar to the neural networking, more we associate our brain to a specific thing stronger is the relation between us and the object. Eg: My strong social connect with my childhood friends and the neural connections in my brain between me and my friend.
In our social life when we meet a person we not only know that person, but all those people who are associated with that person. This helps us to make our social connect stronger. Similarly when we create an association between us and an object, we are able to relate or associate that object to many other things thus creating stronger neural network. Eg: My strong social connect with my childhood friends make me associate to her other friends as well, similarly in our brain I am creating neural association for my friend and her friends.
A CHAIN THAT KEEPS GROWING
Social life is all about the chain of people we know, neural network too is about the chain of neural connections that is build over time.
As kids our social circle is limited and as we grow older our social circle goes on increasing. Similarly our brain’s neural connection as a kid is weak and often breakable too but as adults it gets stronger. Eg: As a kid I had only few friends but now as an adult I have friends some of whom I know since childhood.
LOSE CONNECT, FORGET FOREVER
Though we as humans are social animals, we are also selfish. What if I stop meeting a person after few years, slowly the social connect between us would reduce and at one point may be in our old age we may not even remember this person. Neural network too works the same way, when we stop creating associations we lose the connecting neurons sooner or later.
Like it’s not easy to build social bonds it’s not easy either to build neural bonds. But once the bond is built it’s for the life time. Eg: the social and neural bond between a mother and her daughter.
So for better social life, network more and for better neural life, associate more!
A post-graduate in Industrial Psychology, Harshana Uchil Kuveskar believes that psychology is the crux of human behavior. She also believes that since we deal with people from all walks of life on a day-to-day basis, the art of being emotionally intelligent is crucial.