The establishment of dementia takes place slowly, already in the youth,
unconsciously, with acceleration moments during painful or traumatic events.
However, advancing in age, some lucidity on the loss of grip on reality,
still persists a very long time, and in most cases, until the end, despite
And what brings the mental to function at 95% automatically at the age
1) Automatisms and absence of changes
Our conditionings, our habits, our daydreams, our ruminations, our routines,
the absence of changes in our lives, the lack of innovation in our behavior,
in our choices, in our activities, the absence of intellectual stimulation,
the lack of curiosity, of motivation to make new learning, our lassitude,
our abdication in front of the effort; are leading us to repeat the same
kind of thoughts.
In this sense, our perpetual search for comfort, and our avoidance behaviors
in front of unexpectedness or novelty, are signs that can draw our attention
to the risk of mental shriveling up. Comfort is useful to avoid suffering
and pain, but it is harmful when it comes to our laziness. In that way,
a part of the novelties brought by robotization and artificial intelligence
could very well accelerate our loss of intellectual abilities.
Being aware of those aspects make it possible to start the reverse learning
towards improvisation, innovation and the taste for adventure.
2) An anarchic memorization
The accumulation of memorized things that are not organized, structured,
arranged, sorted in our memory, will, over time, make access to those
data more and more difficult. We store information, experiences, memories,
opinions and reflections from childhood as if our brain memory had no
limit. Imagine the hard disk of your computer, if you would save all your
files, without any order, nor date, nor title, neither extension type,
neither theme, and all this by tens of thousands, millions, in a single
and unique library. This could lead to chaos at the time you would reach
the limits of your ability to make research in all this mess, even if
your memory 'space' would be unlimited.
It is well known that when aging, we keep more older memories, but we
do not memorize as well in the short term. This suggests that the process
of short-term memory is the one defective. This latter, generally, decreases
in efficiency when we lack concentration, and this can happen in case
But it may well be that it can be partly also the saturation of the long-term
memory which generates the difficulty or the impossibility of memorizing
in the short term. It would not then be only the recording of information
that fails, just it would be prevented because of the congestion in the
Excess of stress is creating congestion of thoughts, and forces to create
serial automatisms without always keeping control over the proper functioning
of these processes. Stress takes us away from the present moment, from
consciousness, from serenity, to make the right choices. It forces us
to function like a robot. Its permanence teaches us to act like automaton.
4) Negative emotions
The presence of strong negative emotions, be they fears, anger, depression;
generates confusion between the memorized elements, making the dissociation
between them more difficult. In particular traumatic events will reduce
the mnemonic capacities in a sustainable way, even evolving, most of all
when those emotions are repeated in time.
5) Submission and dependence
Submission and dependence can also play a role. When - forced or not
- we delegate our actions and/or decisions to others, our mental is clearly
Addictions generate highly automated behaviors. Since there is dependence
on a substance, an activity or a person, it is clearly more difficult
to change those behaviors.
7) Isolation and lack of activity
Isolation and lack of activity, vectors of monotony and boredom, can
also represent an important factor in the process of losing memory, for,
lack of both social and intellectual stimulation, facilitates treading
water in our head, by the lack of innovation, of meeting opportunities,
of support, of diversification of experiences.
8) Absence of human projects
The lack on short- and medium-term goals, in terms of feeling oneself
useful for others or for society, restrains the meaning of life, and the
courage to live, holding back therefore the mental functioning.
9) Lack of will, of self-discipline
The lack of will, the lack of self-discipline play a role too on two
levels. During youth, if they are not developed, they prevent us to realize
our choices and our desires on the long term. And, when our mental abilities
begin to diminish, the speed of the process will be hold back or not by
the presence or not of a strong will and self-discipline. Once the disease
is established, there is no real access anymore to the will.
10) The omnipresent critic
Although critical mind can be a quality in itself, when it is highly
developed, it becomes disabling, and it can work like a dependence. It
can lead to lots of negatives consequences that will generate situations
conductive to the establishment of the dementia. Indeed, a predominant
critical mind leads to failures, remoteness from the entourage, mistrust
in front of novelty, of new encounter, of new activity. We trust only
what we know that works well. We shrivel up, and if not we keep fighting
with everything and everyone, everything being a pretext for critic.
11) Some mental illnesses or issues
Many mental illnesses also have aspects related to the process of narrowing
mental activity, in the meaning that one aspect of life is spinning its
wheels. This is the case with depression regarding moral or life energy,
with obsessive-compulsive disorder regarding life habits, with bulimia
and anorexia, regarding eating habits, with burn out, regarding stress
and life energy, with chronic fatigue syndrome regarding life energy,