The brain has the power to change your thoughts through neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is defined as “the potential that the brain has to reorganize by creating new neural pathways to adapt, as it needs. Think of the neurological changes being made in the brain as the brain’s way of tuning itself to meet your needs.”
Many of us need to learn how to control the stories we tell ourselves about others. Though we have little control over the initial thoughts that pass through our minds when presented with new or troubling information, we do have control over how long we allow such thoughts to linger. We can also control what thoughts we allow to replace those initial thoughts.
When you become more and more intentional about replacing unhelpful thoughts (e.g., fictional stories you’re making up about another person based on little to no information), you’re exercising your brain’s neuroplasticity.