Updated: Jun 22
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The concept of fractals, which are complex shapes that exhibit self-similarity at different scales, can be applied to understanding the human mind and personality.
Our brains, like fractals, are incredibly complex and intricate, home to over 86 billion neurons and 85 billion glial cells.
Psychologists and neuroscientists often use the term 'fractures' or 'parts' to describe the various facets of our personality, suggesting that our minds are like fractals with repeating patterns of thought and behavior.
These 'parts' of our personality are not villains, but rather facets of ourselves that developed to help us navigate life's challenges. They are like characters in a story, each with their own unique personalities, values, thoughts, emotions, and actions.
It's essential to recognize, acknowledge, and engage with these 'small' parts of our personality rather than shunning them. By understanding and nurturing these aspects of ourselves, we can guide them toward growth and self-improvement.
Our insecurities, doubts, and fears are not our enemies. They are fragments of us that developed to protect us. We can take these 'fractal' parts of us and help them grow.
Personal growth and self-discovery are about transcending our past, updating our 'small' parts, and reaching our fullest potential. This process is what makes us human and giants in the making.
When you hear the term 'fractal,' it might conjure images of endless spirals, colorful computer graphics, or even the intricate designs of nature, like the pattern of a snowflake or the shape of a fern leaf. But did you know that the concept of fractals, initially brought to light by the brilliant mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, isn't just an external phenomenon? Yes, you guessed it right! We're diving into the deep end to explore the inner fractals of the human psyche. But before we embark on this exciting journey, let's pause for a moment to define what fractals really are.
Fractals are complex shapes that exhibit self-similarity, meaning they appear the same at different scales. If you zoom in or out on a fractal, you will continue to see the same pattern repeating over and over again. Fascinating, isn't it?
Now, imagine this complexity mirrored in our brains. Home to over 86 billion neurons and 85 billion glial cells, our brains are the epitome of intricate design. We're walking, talking data centers with the capacity to store over 2.5 petabytes of information. That's twice the size of the entire internet lodged in our craniums!
But here's where it gets truly riveting. Psychologists and neuroscientists often use the term 'fractures' or 'parts' to describe the various facets of our personality. Just like Alice at her unbirthday tea party, we all have different 'guests' in our minds, each with their own unique personalities, value systems, thoughts, emotions, and actions. They show up based on our circumstances, creating a lively discourse at the tea table of our minds.
Here's the catch: these 'parts' aren't villains in our life story. They're not out to get us. In fact, they're trying to help us navigate through life's challenges. They're like characters from a cherished book of mine, "The Giants and the Smalls."
In this tale, Ritt, a small, leaves his village to seek out a giant. Instead of shunning him, the giant invites Ritt into his world, teaching him the ways of the giants and helping him grow into a giant himself. Imagine if we treated our 'small' parts in the same way. Instead of shunning these 'small' fragments of our personality, we could nurture them, converse with them, and guide them toward growth.
Every time a 'small' part of us yells out, "Hey, I'm here!", don't turn it away. Invite it onto your shoulder. Hold a dialogue with it. Show it that it doesn't need to hide or feel ashamed. It's just a part of you that needs a little bit of understanding, compassion, and guidance to become 'Giant.'
Your insecurities, your doubts, your fears – they're not your enemies. They're fragments of you that developed to protect you in this world. They might be a little outdated and in need of some serious updates, but that's okay. We can take these fractals of us and help them grow because that's what we humans are designed to do.
The 'fractals' within us, these small parts, have the potential to become giants. We can be the parents we never had, the therapists we seek, and the compassionate guides these parts need. We can honor our journey, celebrate our growth, and extend gratitude for the challenges and triumphs that make us uniquely us.
Remember, we are all giants in the making. And our journey of growth and self-discovery is what makes us human.
Make it a Giant Day
Some quotes for your Journey
"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed." - Carl Jung.
"When we deny the story, it defines us. When we own the story, we can write a brave new ending." - Brené Brown.
"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are." - Carl Jung.
"One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again." - Abraham Maslow.
"Do not become a stranger to yourself by blending in with everyone else." - Dodinsky.
"What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality." - Plutarch
"Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." - Carl Jung
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." - Carl Rogers
"We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another." - Anais Nin
"He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened." - Lao Tzu
This article was created in collaboration with AI.