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Last Updated on January 17, 2018

You’re Exceptionally Creative If You See The Correct Image (Only 1/100 People Can Do This!)

You’re Exceptionally Creative If You See The Correct Image (Only 1/100 People Can Do This!)

What do you see in this drawing that baffled so many people?

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      Only 1/100 guessed right, but for the rest it was completely mind-boggling.

      Try again. The trick that helped some was to cover the darker side of the image with their hand.

      creative people

          Here comes the spoiler…

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          image explained

            It’s actually a man with a cowboy hat!

            It took some people an entire hour to figure this one out, while the lucky few were able to see it right away. If you belong to the latter group, you can consider yourself a highly creative person as studies show.

            Creative processes have been considered highly abstract and unquantifiable practices, often considered as bursts of sudden inspiration that came out of nowhere. However, scientists have been able to conduct certain researches to catch the creative process in order to analyze the distinctive features that creative people have. What they came to realize was that creative people tend to use much bigger parts of their brain during the thought process. This gives them the opportunity to use more associations and memory when trying to decode something.

            In the case of image deconstruction, creative people have more to work with when looking at an unknown image which means they would much more quickly collect the previously known parts to build ideas.

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            Therefore, it is no wonder that to some people this puzzle was way too easy making them wonder what the catch was. However, you shouldn’t think something is wrong with you if no matter how long you looked at the drawing, all you could see was the distorted image of a bat or a rat. It just means that you process new information in a different way, usually in a slightly more formal way, following certain known rules and associations, whereas for creative people, this process includes more “outside the box” kind of thinking with more options to choose from.

            This drawing wasn’t the first one to spur up the conversation about the effect our thinking process has on the way we perceive the world. The famous duck-rabbit dilemma presented by American psychologist Joseph Jastrow in 1899, provided starting point for the research on the topic.

            Before reading any further, stop and look at the drawing.

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            What do you see? A duck or a rabbit? Can you easily find the other animal? Can you switch from one perspective to the other with ease, or does it take some effort?

            duck or rabbit

              For this drawing, there is not a wrong or right guess, (even though most people guess duck first) it is rather a question of the ability to quickly switch from one perception to the other.

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              All of these features count when determining if you are a highly or average creative person. According to the research Richard Wiseman did with a group of fellow psychologists at the University of Edinburgh, creative people actually perceive the world differently, as they are more able to see things from many different angles.

              Using the duck-rabbit drawing, the participants had to answer questions not much different than the ones above. Additionally, they were asked to list as many unusual usages for given every-day objects in a short amount of time. The results were clear: people who could effortlessly switch from one perception to another, also did much better in assigning new purpose to known objects.

              It is a much known trait of creative people to easily think of alternative ways and to find connection between two apparently unrelated concepts. Their brains are just that much faster when working on interpreting different aspects of a concept. Therefore, the results prove that there is a difference to how highly creative people perceive the world as opposed to average creative ones.

              Finally, if it wasn’t for creative geniuses and their ability to see things from many different perspectives, we would have been deprived of the many discoveries and innovations that helped shape the world as we know it.

              Featured photo credit: http://www.wimp.com/ via facebook.com

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              What Causes Brain Fog? (7 Things You Can Do to Prevent and Stop It)

              What Causes Brain Fog? (7 Things You Can Do to Prevent and Stop It)

              Brain fog is more of a symptom than a medical condition itself, but this doesn’t mean it should be ignored. Brain fog is a cognitive dysfunction, which can lead to memory problems, lack of mental clarity and an inability to focus.

              Many often excuse brain fog for a bad day, or get so used to it that they ignore it. Unfortunately, when brain fog is ignored it ends up interfering with work and school. The reason many ignore it is because they aren’t fully aware of what causes it and how to deal with it.

              It’s important to remember that if your brain doesn’t function fully — nothing else in your life will. Most people have days where they can’t seem to concentrate or forget where they put their keys.

              It’s very normal to have days where you can’t think clearly, but if you’re experiencing these things on a daily basis, then you’re probably dealing with brain fog for a specific reason.

              So what causes brain fog? It can be caused by a string of things, so we’ve made a list things that causes brain fog and how to prevent it and how to stop it.

              1. Stress

              It’s no surprise that we’ll find stress at the top of the list. Most people are aware of the dangers of stress. It can increase blood pressure, trigger depression and make us sick as it weakens our immune system.

              Another symptom is mental fatigue. When you’re stressed your brain can’t function at its best. It gets harder to think and focus, which makes you stress even more.

              Stress can be prevented by following some simple steps. If you’re feeling stressed you should avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine — even though it may feel like it helps in the moment. Two other important steps are to indulge in more physical activities and to talk to someone about it.

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              Besides that, you can consider keeping a stress diary, try relaxation techniques like mediation, getting more sleep and maybe a new approach to time management.

              2. Diet

              Most people know that the right or wrong diet can make them gain or loss weight, but not enough people think about the big impact a specific diet can have on one’s health even if it might be healthy.

              One of the most common vitamin deficiencies is vitamin B12 deficiency and especially vegans can be get hid by brain fog, because their diet often lacks the vitamin B-12. The vitamin B12 deficiency can lead to mental and neurological disorders.

              The scary thing is that almost 40 % of adults are estimated to lack B12 in their diet. B12 is found in animal products, which is why many vegans are in B12 deficiency, but this doesn’t mean that people need animal products to prevent the B12 deficiency. B12 can be taken as a supplement, which will make the problem go away.

              Another vital vitamin that can cause brain fog is vitamin D. More than 1 billion people worldwide don’t have enough vitamin D in their diet. Alongside B12 and vitamin D is omega-3, which because of its fatty acids helps the brain function and concentrate. Luckily, both vitamin D and omega-3 can be taken as supplements.

              Then there’s of course also the obvious unhealthy foods like sugar. Refined carbohydrates like sugar will send your blood sugar levels up, and then send you right back down. This will lead to brain fog, because your brain uses glucose as its main source of fuel and once you start playing around with your brain — it gets confused.

              Besides being hit by brain fog, you’ll also experience tiredness, mood swings and mental confusion. So, if you want to have clear mind, then stay away from sugar.

              Sometimes the same type of diet can be right for some and wrong for others. If you’re experiencing brain fog it’s a good idea to seek out your doctor or a nutritionist. They can take some tests and help you figure out which type of diet works best for your health, or find out if you’re lacking something specific in your diet.

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              3. Allergies

              If you have food allergies, or are simply a bit sensitive to specific foods, then eating those foods can lead to brain fog. Look out for dairy, peanuts and aspartame that are known to have a bad effect on the brain.

              Most people get their calories from corn, soy and wheat — and big surprise — these foods are some of the most common foods people are allergic to. If you’re in doubt, then you can look up food allergies[1] and find some of the most common symptoms.

              If you’re unsure about being allergic or sensitive, then you can start out by cutting out a specific food from your diet for a week or two. If the brain fog disappears, then you’re most likely allergic or sensitive to this food. The symptoms will usually go away after a week or two once you remove the trigger food from the diet.

              If you still unsure, then you should seek out the help of your doctor.

              4. Lack of sleep

              All of us know we need sleep to function, but it’s different for everybody how much sleep they need. A few people can actually function on as little as 3-4 hours of sleep every night, but these people are very, very rare.

              Most people need 8 to 9 hours of sleep. If you don’t get the sleep you need, then this will interfere with your brain and you may experience brain fog.

              Instead of skipping a few hours of sleep to get ahead of things you need to do, you’ll end up taking away productive hours from your day, because you won’t be able to concentrate and your thoughts will be cloudy.

              Many people have trouble sleeping but you can help improve your sleep by a following a few simple steps.

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              There is the 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise, which is a technique that regulates your breath and helps you fall asleep faster. Another well-known technique is to avoid bright lights before you go to sleep.

              A lot of us are guilty of falling asleep with the TV on or with our phone right by us, but the blue lights from these screens suppresses the production of melatonin in our bodies, which actually makes us stay awake longer instead. If you’re having trouble going to sleep without doing something before you close your eyes, then try taking up reading instead.

              If you want to feel more energized throughout the day, start doing this.

              5. Hormonal changes

              Brain fog can be triggered by hormonal changes. Whenever your levels of progesterone and estrogen increases, you may experience short-term cognitive impairment and your memory can get bad.

              If you’re pregnant or going through menopause, then you shouldn’t worry too much if your mind suddenly starts to get a bit cloudy. Focus on keeping a good diet, getting enough of sleep and the brain fog should pass once you’re back to normal.

              6. Medication

              If you’re on some medication, then it’s very normal to start experiencing some brain fog.

              You may start to forget things that you used to be able to remember, or you get easily confused. Maybe you can’t concentrate the same way that you used to. All of these things can be very scary, but you shouldn’t worry too much about it.

              Brain fog is a very normal side effect of drugs, but by lowering your dosage or switching over to another drug; the side effect can’t often be improved and maybe even completely removed.

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              7. Medical condition

              Brain fog can often be a symptom of a medical condition. Medical conditions that include inflammation, fatigue, changes in blood glucose level are known to cause brain fog.

              Conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, anemia, depression, diabetes, migraines, hypothyroidism, Sjögren syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, Lupus and dehydration can all cause brain fog.[2]

              The bottom line

              If you haven’t been diagnosed, then never start browsing around Google for the conditions and the symptoms. Once you start looking for it; it’s very easy to (wrongfully) self-diagnose.

              Take a step back, put away the laptop and relax. If you’re worried about being sick, then always check in with your doctor and take it from there.

              Remember, the list of things that can cause brain fog is long and it can be something as simple as the wrong diet or not enough sleep.

              Featured photo credit: Asdrubal luna via unsplash.com

              Reference

              [1]Food Allergy: Common Allergens
              [2]HealthLine: 6 Possible Causes of Brain Fog

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