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The Nuance

Why Mental Self-Awareness Is Good for Your Brain

Mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and other related practices all prioritize this form of ‘self-monitoring’

Illustration by Kieran Blakey for Elemental

The human brain possesses a remarkable capability that most take for granted and few fully appreciate: It can watch itself work.

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Markham Heid

Markham Heid

I write about health, science, and psychology. My work has appeared in Time magazine, the New York Times, Vice, and elsewhere. I live in Germany.