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The True Dangers of TMI

April 14, 2011

Last time I wrote about how the vast proportion of our brain is dedicated to unconscious processing and when we allow ourselves to put things on the back burner, we tap into this well spring of creative thinking and come up with our best ideas.  Wonderful, right? Yes, but without our realizing it, technology is now interfering with this amazing capacity of our brains.


Here’s how: all the data and information we are receiving from emails, twitter, texts, tv, radio, books, magazines, etc. overwhelms the brain and interferes with its ability to see the big picture and recognize the pattern in all the clutter. And it’s not just the amount of information, but the rate it’s now coming in that interferes. It trains the brain to favor the fast and urgent over the important and right. We keep searching for more information rather than stopping and noticing how it fits together and what is actually relevant. As a result, we lose the ability to see the forest for the trees and make wise choices in our work and personal lives.

So what’s a brain to do? Some suggestions from my wise friend Dawna Markova who alerted me to this research:

  • Think through important issues first thing in the day before your brain is tired from all the input.
  • Deal with emails and texts in batches rather than intermittently.
  • Regenerate the brain’s energy through exercise, rest, “relaxing.”

And one of my own:

Choose wisely what input and how much you take in. You do have choice in the matter



4 Responses to “The True Dangers of TMI”

  1. Cindi Silva said:

    Here is my Happy Up URself Tip O’the Day: For me I think it is very helpful to take mini breaks and allow yourself a minute of well deserved peace. Simply breathe n smile. Anywhere, anytime. Standing, sitting, walking. Just follow the breath for 3 breaths. On the in breath, half smiling, Follow the breath — that is pay attention to the air going into your nose as you inhale. As you exhale, follow the breath — pay attention to the air going out of your nose as you exhale. You add great health and relaxation benefits if you half smile. You instantly will notice your face relax. Try this often during the day. I wish you great joy and peace. Cindi Silva

  2. MJ Ryan said:

    Good one–this really works!

  3. Laura Mozer Davis said:

    It took me a second to realize what TMI was…I had TMI going into my brain LOL. Seriously, though, I find this to be very true for me. The only good thing about it is that I am most always looking for the same type of stuff. Unless I am doing research for an article, I am always looking for ways to grow to be a more positive person. This is one way 🙂

  4. MJ Ryan said: