We can tell ourselves all kinds of words all day and all night. Analysis may keep a mind busy, a significant upside when an issue requires deduction. The downside is that analysis can also lead to anxiety. Judgment and analysis are processed in the prefrontal cortex, that area of the brain above and around the eyes. They're a necessary element of existence. To be wise with them, now that's the key.
Wisdom is a practice, though. It's like learning to play an instrument or teaching the self to breathe in a particular fashion. It comes only with time and effort. When we want our prefrontal cortex to distribute information in a certain manner, and thereby alter our anxiety response, we must consider its connections with other sections of the brain. Neural pathways transmit data between areas of our brains. This data tells us things like, Ha, that's funny. or Ouch! or Scary, get away! Part of the brain's emotion response system involves two almond-shaped areas of the brain known as amygdalas. They are inward from the ears. I learned recently that when we're relaxed, memories are stored near the amygdalas in the hippocampus. When we're stressed, memories are stored anywhere in the brain -- not just in the hippocampus. This is how stress affects memory. Childhood neglect, abusive relationships, chronic stress at home, school, or work. These situations alter not only how and where new memories are formed, but also whether and to what extent we are able to access previous memories. When we change our brain dynamics with healthy practices, such as mindfulness ideas, meditation, and healthy exercise or food and drink, we alter neural pathways and literally change our brains. How f'n cool is that!