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Correcting "Change Blindness"
There’s a very interesting, if complicated, article in The New York Times today about the way people see things visually. Apparently, our brains are too small to be able to take in much information at a time, so what happens is something called “change blindness,” where people are often unable to notice differences in something when it’s staring people in the face. It happens when you look at something casually, like a painting, and you see a similar painting and you’re asked to point out what has changed from the original. Quite often, people can’t point out the difference.
What does it matter? It means your brain can only focus well on a few things at a time, while insignificant details are ignored. If you think about it in context of all the changes you’re making, if you’re making 15 changes at a time in your life, you’re probably only going to really focus on one or two and the rest will fall by the wayside. And that’s ok. You and your brain literally can’t handle more.
So when you’re feeling frustrated that changing your life is taking a while, take a breather and remember to focus on the one or two things that you can really pay attention to. Otherwise, you’re liable to miss them. [The New York Times]