Reason why older people can't change


_________ J.J. Thiret ___________ "Do you feel that, yeah, as you get older, you're able to handle less stress, so they purposely don't put themself into stressful situations like making decisions quick or, or. Can you, um -?" _________ Tim Brownson___________ Yeah, I mean, handling the stress, you know, from a technical aspect, handling the stress, uh, uh, involves all sorts of processes in the brain, also involves the use of, of glucose and oxygen. So then, as we get older, uh, we don't have the reserves of energy, and we need energy to, to deal, to deal with stress. I do think, you know, what you described in there is just a classic avoidance, uh, technique that people use, so they won't put themselves in stressful situations, um, because it will make them stressful. But always, in the long run, when that crops us again, it makes it even more stressful, because when you avoid something, you're telling your own conscious part of the brain, "There's something there to avoid, and there's a reason to avoid it." And, it takes note of that each time, so in the following, in the following time or situation that crops up, you feel even more, um, anti-change. And, and, yeah, as a general rule of thumb, I would say that, the older people get, the less likely they are to change. But, having said that, there's no, there's no neurological reason for that. You know, we know, we now know that neuro-plasticity that the, that the brain can change. So then, um, mental illness not withstanding, or, or, sort of, a degenerative brain disease, the brain can change right up until the day we die. It's just that people either, (a) don't know that so they don't try, or (b) don't believe it, or (c) don't think they can do it,

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