Munnabhai and Circuit

Those of you who have watched the Munnabhai series of movies will agree with me that he is one of most lovable characters in Hindi cinema and though all of us might not agree with some of his methods (including how he achieved MBBS) there is no doubt that he is a good role model. An example of someone who has a reason to be happy in every situation. I will gladly switch my situation in life with his. :)

The bonus of being Munnabhai is also the company of the equally lovable Circuit (his side-kick).

Allow me to go tangentially across to discuss circuits.

Despite the immense processing power of human brain, it resorts to certain heuristics (rules-of-thumb) to quicken decision making (a good example of the irrepressible human laziness). I like to think that heuristics are a result of “brain circuits”.

For example, because of a certain inborn brain circuit, criticism heuristically triggers self-defense as well as retaliation.

The wonderful thing is that brain circuits can be modified.In fact, most of my blogs and all of Koenig Ethos are based upon an assumption that it is within human capacity to modify our reactions to situations (i.e. change brain circuits).

Some of the circuits that I have managed to identify and change are:

Chocolate

Time for Yoga

Heartless

A well accepted theory of neuroscience states – “neurons that fire together, wire together”. If we are able to deliberately manage a certain response to a certain situation and repeat it often enough, the relevant neurons will wire together and start firing together if any one of them is stimulated. Human Brain is plastic, not elastic. Once a new circuit has been created it lasts.

Most unhappiness can be avoided by creating new brain circuits. For example, the following brain circuit:

Things we cannot change

Injustice



I think we can achieve the state of happiness of Munnabhai only with a supportive and subservient Circuit. What do you all think?

 

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Ajay Bansal
5 years 9 months ago

What was the key to making the change last!

I seem to be able to change them but it goes back to the old pathways

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Rohit Aggarwal
5 years 9 months ago

Ajay, just keep on practising the change till it becomes a habit….:)

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Sangeeta sharma
5 years 9 months ago

I liked above .it made a lot of sense

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Sanjay M
5 years 9 months ago
Without offending anyone, I think none of the readers of this blog ever thought of, the very entertaining movie “MunnaBhai MBBS” in a way as your goodself has seen, analyzed, learnt and now very compassionately sharing with all of us. What I could make out from this very thoughtful writing is – modifying our reactions to situations (i.e. changing brain circuits) can only be possible when we react using our intelligence not merely by what our heart thinks or feels or wills. In essence, we need to sharpen our intelligence (to act as an authoritative mentor ) so that it… Read more »
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Deepali aggarwal
5 years 9 months ago

This is very similar and true. It has been proven by behavior modification programme experts Thorndike and other psychologists. Training of mind is the key to any behavior.

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neha rai
5 years 9 months ago

M on the path of following this new circuit all going well sir .. this one is really helping me :) :) … But how should i accept the change which i don’t want or i should change myself ??? I tried my level best to change myself but in that case m nt happy what should i do sir !!!! :) :)

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Rohit Aggarwal
5 years 9 months ago

“But how should i accept the change which i don’t want or i should change myself ??? I tried my level best to change myself but in that case m nt happy what should i do sir !!!!”

A change should only be made if you think it will make you a happier person in the long term. Of course, it usually requires, effort, energy and inconvenience to make a new brain “circuit” but this is transitory, once the circuit is well developed you will be a happier soul and will never want to go back to your old self…:)

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Neha Rai
5 years 9 months ago

M on the path of following this new circuit all going well sir .. this one is really helping me … But how should i accept the change which i don’t want or i should change myself ??? I tried my level best to change myself but in that case m nt happy what should i do sir !!!!

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