Extra Vitamins of knowledge

Extra Vitamins of Knowledge

Brain, Thoughts & Body

Thought-provoking questions


Thought-provoking questions are questions kickstarting new thoughts.


It is like an adventurous journey in the world of thoughts.


This can bring good new ideas - also for problem solving.


You can ask thought-provoking questions to each other and to yourself.


Often we think very fast.

For most of the time that is okay.

But if something Is difficult

We need more time to think.

Set the pace down or hold a break if something is difficult.

This will make it easier to solve problems.


Tell med

A little more about…?


What do you think about that…?


What can that mean…?



Brain seen from above

Brain seen from below

Normal brain function



Brain functions affected by alcohol

Move the thoughts

A thought-game


Get a piece of paper and draw two thoughts bubbles with numbers 1 & 2.



  • Put your finger on Thought bubble 1 and think about a thing in you room. Imagine the thing in your thoughts - just for a few seconds.
  • Now put your finger on Thought bubble 2 and think about a thing in the kitchen… again just for a few seconds.


  • Put you finger on Thought bubble 1 and think about the same thing in your room again. Then move your focus to things standing around in the room - just for a few seconds.
  • Now put you finger on Thought bubble 2 and think about the same thing in the kitchen again. Then move your focus to other things in the kitchen.


  • Again put your finger on Thought bubble 1, go back to your room and the things in the room. Now a person enter the room - a person you like - may be a person you know or a person from your imagination. Stay with the person for a while. For a moment notice the feeling you have right now.
  • Move your finger to Thought bubble 2, go back to the kitchen and the things in the kitchen. Now the same person or another person enter the room. Stay with the person for a while. For a moment notice the feeling you have right now.


Right now you have simply practiced decision making over your thoughts. This power - to decide which thoughts you want to have - you can be practise just like anything else you have already learned - walk, talk, read, write, etc. Every time you decide to move from one thought to another, your thoughts become stronger. This is very helpful when you want to move from a difficult thought to a useful thought.



Our body, our thoughts and our feelings

communicate with each other.


Our thoughts and feelings affects

the cells in the whole body


30 minutes

Quarrel and scolding

can delay wound healing

by 24 hours!



We all have an I inside

I experience the world

With the help of the attention.


The attention works like

the spotlight on a stage


The ligt-attention puts focus on

whats important right now

The world I discover with my attention

consists of 3 parts

I experience my

thoughts & feelings

I feel my body


I sense the world around me

I see, hear, taste, smell & feel.


The attention can only focus at one place at a time


Sometimes the attention gets stuck

in one place for a time.

It can be amazing to immerse yourself in one thought

and everything else disappear.


It can be terrible

If the attention I stuck in one thought

which is not good for me or others.


I may feel like EVERYTHING is terrible.


Pain is an important signal

about danger


That is the simple reason why pain attracts Attention.


Physical and emotional pain is located

in the same area in the brain!


Therefore the same thing happens in the brain

when I feel Alone

or when I kick myself in the head with bad thoughts ,


As if I keep on knocking myself in the head

with a hammer:

It continues to hurt.

The brain is affected by serious insecurity

The feeling of being Alone


Neglect, bullying, abuse,

violence & witnessing violence

The brain bar (corpus callosum) become thinner

It becomes more difficult for the two brain halves to work together.

The left part of the brain works lin a linear and analytical way.

The right part works in a holistic and creative way.

Both are important for optimal function.


The Thinking Brain is reduced

It becomes more difficult to think -

and to think about ones own thoughts and the thoughts of others (mentalising)


Short term memory is reduced

It become difficult to learn, remember and understand the world you live in.


The language center is reduced

It becomes more difficult to understand what other people say

And it becomes more difficult to express oneself.


The Alarm Brain is enlarged

You feel more unsafe. You become more anxious and angry.

The Thinking Brain is turned down.


Witness to violence: The Visual Center is affected

Visual impressions are interpreted differently.


Sexual abuse: Nerve pathways are changed

The sense of touch in the genital area are diminished



The brain is affected by alcohol


Alcohol reduces the ability to think carefully


Alcohol anesthetize the Alarm Brain

So pain is felt reduced…

That is tempting.


When you are no longer able to think carefully

and the Alarm Brain is anesthetized,

your thought may change from light & dark thoughts

to completely black thoughts.


Here suicidal thoughts may turn into a suicide attempt!


Knowledge about suicide

- and what helps



Suicide can be contagious

Relatives have a higher risk of mental problems and suicide top to five years after the suicide of a spouse.


Media talks about actual suicide and general information about suicide increases the frequency of suicide.

Media information about where you can get help and what you should do if you have suicide thoughts

reduces the frequency of suicide.


TV-series about suicide increases the frequency of internet searches about suicide up to 44 %

(“how to commit suicide”).


Teenagers are sensitive to binge watching


Teenagers are 15 times more sensitive to media talks than adults.



Risk of suicide attempt

increases with the number of trauma types

4 trauma-types: Physical violence, Emotional violence, Sexual abuse, Neglect.


0 trauma types: 2,9 % risk of suicide attempt

1 trauma types: 13,5 % risk of suicide attempt

2 trauma types: 26,6 % risk of suicide attempt

3 trauma types: 38,9 % risk of suicide attempt

4 trauma types: 72,2 % risk of suicide attempt



Persons in risk of suicide

can are identified 
with MRI Brain scans with 94 % security.

Words and pictures about ‘death’ raised lesser ‘sadness’

in the brain than in other persons




What helps


Thought training

Mentalisation-based training

(Thinkinuk is a mentalisation-based knowledge- and inspiration program for all people)


Psychiatric research with intensive mentalisation-based training of patients with borderline personality disorder (who have very sensitive Alarm Brands and greatly increased suicide risk) has documented that suicide risk can be reduced by a factor 10, use of health care services by a factor 30 and medicine consumption by a factor 100, and 3 times more go in to education and job.


Help from others

Talks with specially educated professional



Practical actions and practical thoughts (Thinkinuk and the like)



Contact after suicide attempt:

Letter/Postcard/telephone can reduce the risk of a new suicide attempt up to 45 %.




Bad quality sleep affects our mood regulation.

Bad sleep increases the risk of suicidal thoughts

78 % of people in risk of suicide has sleep disturbances and night mares.



Poul & Louise