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Identifying and Understanding Mental Blocks

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We all feel stress at times. Various things can make us feel stressed: being in a public or crowded place, having trouble remembering things, or a lack of self-confidence. Ultimately, you can end up making mistakes or becoming confused trying to understand your life.

There are many things that can cause a stressful mind and forgetfulness, including a mental block. That simply means that you doesn’t feel totally comfortable with some idea. No matter what the idea is or how “smart” you are, at times you might face difficulties thinking. All of these stoppages are mental blocks that can prevent you from being able to think clearly.

The hardest thing about learning something new – be it an art form or any sport – is that at a certain point, we realize that in order to perform well we need to fix the things that may be lacking. We should stop thinking in terms of trying, and instead think in terms of doing. In most cases mental blocks are, more or less, fears: fear of trying new things, fear of exploring, and above all, fear of failure. A mental block holds you back from doing what you really want to do.

The following is an anonymous case study, which can be used to understand and illustrate the nature of mental blockage more clearly:

My sister has been taking diving lessons in the summer for the last three years. Last year she also attended a weeklong overnight diving camp. She likes diving a lot and is good at it. However, she has one problem: she can’t do a reverse dive. About a year back, she attempted a reverse dive for the first time, and ended up hurting herself badly when her leg hit the diving board. Although she has made a full recovery, she refuses to try another. Since her accident, she has it in her head that she will never be able to perform one. 

Mental blocks at times are very difficult to deal with since they often require changing your beliefs about what you can and can’t do. However, it is possible to work through a mental block.

There are a number of methods available to people trying to overcome mental blocks. These include: yoga, meditation, mind control techniques, visualizations, and guided or independent imagery. For instance, in the above case study, the young girl could try imagining herself completing the dive to overcome the mental block that is telling her she cannot do it. 

If you are suffering from a mental block, you will need to actively practice training or focusing your mind in order to overcome it. 

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