Your Brain Doesn't Work the Way You Think It Does - Deepstash
The Startup Masterclass

Learn more about personaldevelopment with this collection

How to start a successful business

How to build a strong team

How to market your business

The Startup Masterclass

Discover 160 similar ideas in

It takes just

25 mins to read

Your brain predicts your experiences

Your brain predicts your experiences

Your daily experiences is a carefully controlled illusion constructed by your brain. The hallucination creates all your experiences and guides your actions.

This is the way your brain gives meaning to the sensory inputs of your body and the world. You are not reacting to experience, but your brain is constantly making predictions about what will happen and acting on it.


4.04K reads

How emotions are made

We assume outside events cause our anger or anxiety. But emotions are made by your brain as you need them. 

This means the more you know and understand emotions, the more you can influence how your brain will construct them. 


2.05K reads

The brain is not for thinking

The brain's most important job is not thinking or feeling.

It is to keep you alive and healthy. Every thought you have, or emotion you feel, or action you take is to support your body. Your brain's job is then to anticipate the needs of your body en meet it before it arrives.


1.64K reads

The brain is a prediction machine

Instead of passively observing reality, your brain is predicting your reality. What will I do in the next moment? How did I act the last time I was in this situation?

Predicting and correcting is far more efficient than only reacting. So, your brain is making informed guesses about what is going to happen next to reduce uncertainty. It is continually drawing on past experiences to create your present.


1.34K reads

We are more responsible than we think

You are more responsible for your actions than you think. This is because you're the only person who can change the way things are.

The actions your brain takes today will become your brains' predictions tomorrow. So making an effort to cultivate new experiences today and learning new things is an investment in who you will be tomorrow.


1.34K reads

How reality is created in our brains

What we experience as reality is a combination of the world inside our bodies and what is going on in the world outside. For example, a person can see a gun where there is no gun. If a soldier's heart is racing and has trouble inspecting the visual input, his brain might predict that a person is holding a gun even if it really is a stick. 

Our brain's predictions come not only from past experiences but also from the news and social media. They come from what the world is curating for you.


1.07K reads

Understanding anxious, stressed feelings

The brains' most important job is to control the systems of your body in an efficient way. Your energy efficiency is like a budget that consists of resources like water, salt, and glucose. Every time your brain has to learn something new, it has to withdraw from the budget.

Stress is when your brain withdraws from your body budget. In a good stress situation, you will make a deposit again. In chronic stress, your brain keeps spending your budget, but you don't have sufficient deposits.


1K reads

The importance of making sufficient deposits

When the body is running a deficit from chronic stress, the body stops spending. It means you stop moving your body, and you stop learning. You're not sleeping enough because of all the worries. 

If you don't make deposits, such as enough sleep, healthy eating, giving and getting support etc., you will eventually get to a place where you are bodily bankrupt.


1.01K reads

Emotional granularity

Emotional granularity is the ability to put emotion into words.

Emotion is an event where your brain uses your current knowledge about your feelings to make sense of the changes in your body (increased heart rate, heavy breathing, etc.). It connects the sense data and the feelings you have with what is going on around you. For example, tightness in the chest is experienced as anxiety or determination.

The more concepts you know, the better you are able to construct your emotions more precisely to fit the situation you are in.


891 reads

Understanding your mood

If you are running a body budget deficit, you may feel lousy. But if you're not a very granular person, feelings of anger, sadness, fear all mean the same thing to you. In this case, your brain might struggle to know how to deal with the situation. Do you have a drink of water? Do you go for a run? Do you tell someone?

However, if your brain has learned that sadness means you have lost something you care for, whereas disappointment means your expectations turned up empty, it will lead to very specific actions.


1K reads



I am sexy because I have beautiful thoughts.


Explore the World’s

Best Ideas

200,000+ ideas on pretty much any topic. Created by the smartest people around & well-organized so you can explore at will.

An Idea for Everything

Explore the biggest library of insights. And we've infused it with powerful filtering tools so you can easily find what you need.

Knowledge Library

Powerful Saving & Organizational Tools

Save ideas for later reading, for personalized stashes, or for remembering it later.

# Personal Growth

Take Your Ideas


Organize your ideas & listen on the go. And with Pro, there are no limits.

Listen on the go

Just press play and we take care of the words.

Never worry about spotty connections

No Internet access? No problem. Within the mobile app, all your ideas are available, even when offline.

Get Organized with Stashes

Ideas for your next work project? Quotes that inspire you? Put them in the right place so you never lose them.


2 Million Stashers


5,740 Reviews

App Store


72,690 Reviews

Google Play


Don’t look further if you love learning new things. A refreshing concept that provides quick ideas for busy thought leaders.

Ashley Anthony

This app is LOADED with RELEVANT, HELPFUL, AND EDUCATIONAL material. It is creatively intellectual, yet minimal enough to not overstimulate and create a learning block. I am exceptionally impressed with this app!

Shankul Varada

Best app ever! You heard it right. This app has helped me get back on my quest to get things done while equipping myself with knowledge everyday.

Sean Green

Great interesting short snippets of informative articles. Highly recommended to anyone who loves information and lacks patience.

Ghazala Begum

Even five minutes a day will improve your thinking. I've come across new ideas and learnt to improve existing ways to become more motivated, confident and happier.

Giovanna Scalzone

Brilliant. It feels fresh and encouraging. So many interesting pieces of information that are just enough to absorb and apply. So happy I found this.

Laetitia Berton

I have only been using it for a few days now, but I have found answers to questions I had never consciously formulated, or to problems I face everyday at work or at home. I wish I had found this earlier, highly recommended!

Jamyson Haug

Great for quick bits of information and interesting ideas around whatever topics you are interested in. Visually, it looks great as well.

Read & Learn

20x Faster





Access to 200,000+ ideas

Access to the mobile app

Unlimited idea saving & library

Unlimited history

Unlimited listening to ideas

Downloading & offline access

Personalized recommendations

Supercharge your mind with one idea per day

Enter your email and spend 1 minute every day to learn something new.


I agree to receive email updates