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  1. Yes, they will most likely happen. There is no direct evidence for this, but the structure and functioning of the brain changes depending on the set of behaviors used. For example, patients with hemiparesis or paralysis, who understandably use less often paralyzed limbs and prefer to perform the same movements in other ways, eventually come to the fact that the neurons of their motor cortex simply stop supporting the movements of the paralyzed limb – more and more of them begin to innervate other, more active, muscle fibers, which leads to specific changes in the use of the paralyzed limb and reduces the chances of its successful recovery. This is what induced restriction therapy is based on which is reduced to trying to prevent patients from using a healthy limb and trying to perform actions with the affected limb as often as possible. Similarly, there are changes in patients who have lost speech – if their attempts to communicate are not stimulated, then speech gradually becomes worse and worse due to the fact that neurons involved in speech production begin to “do other things”. Accordingly, with an arbitrary refusal to speak, something similar may happen and some time after the end of the vow of silence may be spent on rehabilitation of the ability to speak.

  2. Ten days of vow of silence in the Vipassana course.

    This is probably one of the most difficult challenges of my life. The difficulty is that it was impossible to communicate even with gestures and meet eyes. Banning books and the Internet. After such a long and heavy vacuum, you really get rid of the slag and nonsense in your head. You can see more clearly what you want to achieve. In a physical sense, at first it shakes, very sausage-like, you can even say. A feeling of euphoria and intoxication. Your ligaments and lungs are unaccustomed to such vibrations, and it's a little painful and suffocating as if you were running. The first few hours you adapt , I would strongly advise you not to get behind the wheel after that, for example!There is a very large amount of emotion going on. Well, the joy of course! It's very nice to talk to people later, to see their bright emotions, funny looks, it's like fasting probably, after fasting tastes are sharper, stronger. In general, the whole world then plays for a while as if with new colors.And then, again, everything is everyday and therefore I want to repeat everything in order to achieve this awareness.

  3. I'll share my story. It so happened that I had an accident and in this regard, I was not able to move and was at home for about a year, at first I may have been communicating with friends who visited, but when the summer came, I stopped communicating with anyone at all and the total interval of silence was about 3-4 months, i.e. very occasionally corresponded with someone and most often held mental conversations, the first time when I started to go out, I realized that there was no self-confidence/fear of society-to talk to someone and stutter, but after a long time I coped with this. I know that I have strayed from the topic, but the result is that nothing good will happen, we are social beings and we need to talk.

  4. Here, many equate silence with a lack of communication, and in vain. If you are silent, you can see and hear more of what is around you, and perhaps this will have a positive effect on communicating with people.

  5. I didn't really interact with people before, so it was very difficult to talk to them at all. I also remember just talking to my reflection in the mirror, saying my thoughts out loud. And it was creepy. I realized that I needed communication and I immediately contacted a friend on Skype just to talk.

  6. I did a similar experiment about 10 years ago. At that time, I was passionate about discovering my creative potential, finding additional sources of inspiration, learning about my own worldview, and so on. I was silent for three or four days. She spoke only in cases when it was impossible not to speak (for example, when she had to communicate with teachers), and told others that her throat hurt. I communicated with my friends using notes and gestures. During the experiment and immediately after it, I noticed the following changes in myself: I became more attentive to the world around me; I noticed how much unnecessary people say, how much unnecessary information they impose on you when communicating, and, finally, how much you say yourself. I liked being silent. To this day, sometimes when I open my mouth to say something, I wonder: “Is that so necessary to say? Will these words make someone feel better?”. If the answer to both questions is “no”, then I don't answer anything.

  7. Dominant for speech functions in the vast majority of cases is the left hemisphere of the brain. It identifies two main areas responsible for speech: Broca's zone (speech production) and Wernicke's zone (speech comprehension). But recent studies show that other areas of the brain are also actively involved in speech functions: motor, which is responsible for the movement of all muscles; sensory; auditory; visual.

    Areas of the cortex corresponding to speech functions are determined in the fetus as early as 31 weeks of intrauterine development.

    Speech loss in adulthood can be attributed to three main causes::

    1. A stroke or brain injury that affects the speech centers in the left hemisphere.

    2. Surgical removal of speech-forming organs (tongue, larynx, vocal cords).

    3. Independent refusal to speak (vow of silence).

    What changes occur in the brain during this process?

    In the first case, the brain change itself is the reason for the lack of speech. Depending on the extent and location of the lesion, there are different forms of speech loss:

    • The person cannot speak, but understands the addressed speech

    • The person does not understand the addressed and his speech

    • Separate speech functions drop out (the ability to count, write, or read will be lost)

    Most often, in the practice of a neurologist, there are cases when there is a mixture of different types of speech disorders.

    Immediately after a stroke or injury, active changes begin in the brain aimed at compensating for lost functions. This process is called neuroplasticity. During this process, the surviving nerve cells and brain areas try to take over the functions of cells that have died. The task of a neurologist and speech therapist is to help the surviving brain cells “learn” speech and restore speech functions as fully as possible.

    In the second and third cases of speech loss, the speech areas are not affected. And the person retains the ability to so-called ” inner speech “(talking to yourself). Studies on changes in speech zones in these patients have not been conducted. But there have been studies on limiting activity in the arm. In this case, the zones responsible for the movements of the corresponding hand were strongly modified. They were reduced in size, their place was occupied by areas responsible for other muscles, limbs.

    Probably, approximately the same thing happens in the case of speech loss due to these reasons, since it is the muscles responsible for speech that are not involved here.

    There are also special techniques that doctors use to study the localization of speech zones. One of these methods is transranial magnetic stimulation. This method creates a high-intensity magnetic field above the brain, which causes neurons to fire in the brain. If this field (with specially configured parameters) is directed to the speech zones through the human skull (without incisions), then speech will be disabled for a second, the person cannot utter a word. Then everything is restored. In this way, you can find out exactly where a given person's speech zones are located and put these points on the MRI. This is important, for example, for planning neurosurgical operations.

    (With the participation of neurologist Nikolai Pavlov)

  8. Stop talking for what reasons? In general, it is not normal to stop talking. These are physical disorders, when a person is loaded with their own thoughts and stops communicating with the external environment. This is very bad, in fact — it reduces adaptive capacity. In general, lack of communication is a symptom called “social isolation”. The person loses orientation in what is happening. This is a symptom of mental instability, to put it mildly.

    Mental disorders can be treated in any way, there are good drugs. And if, say, delusions or hallucinations pass, a person becomes more sociable — this is an internal state. And if it is chronic, then in the power of the disease. And if a person loses the ability to speak because he made such a promise, it is forced, and the symptom is quite difficult for this person, because he loses touch with the world around him, or he is not allowed to do this, or his inner experiences interfere, and, of course, this affects his subsequent adaptive abilities.

    But if the disease is treated or a person is freed from those who do not allow him to speak, then, of course, everything will be restored.

    Mutes don't talk, but they have other forms of communication. It doesn't matter how you communicate — by letter or in any other way, it's just important to want to share your experiences with your loved ones or, perhaps, with others. This is natural and normal, otherwise the person is autistic.

    If a person is healthy, then these are just functional changes. If this is an organic change that affects some vascular processes or there is a tumor in the areas of speech, then, of course, speech will not return if this process is not treated or it is incurable. If these are functional changes that include character, then everything is recoverable, but it will affect your condition — there will be an emotional flattening. This is very harmful, but it is possible to restore speech at the structural level if the speech areas are not affected. But psychological complications will be present.

  9. What happens if you are silent for a very long period of time? It's very simple – in this world, there will be a little less uttered, mostly nonsense. He hugged me.

  10. I am neither a scientist nor an expert, but I will tell you the experience of a friend.�

    Because of the pain in my neck and lower back, I go to a mass therapist. He's a bit of an esoteric nut, and when he found out I was a yogi, he started telling me about it.

    So, one day, he told a story that he was at a seminar in which the guru told about an unusual way to know yourself – to be silent. And he was silent. 2 weeks. He didn't talk to himself, didn't yell when he hit the corner with his little finger, etc.

    After 2 weeks of this, he couldn't speak for another couple of days. I forgot how. And why? Then, of course, he was able to tell me the story again.

  11. Doctor. the commentator was the first to state very clearly what happens with artificial or traumatic speech loss. Although remembering my mother with a stroke( after the second one, her speech just failed), I would not say that her dialogue with the world stopped. Of course, it is very difficult( as with an infant) to guess what a person is asking for, but over time you get used to it. As for the 3rd option, when a person refuses to talk for any reason. I had such a small experience when the priest who confessed to me in response to complaints about my daughter's disobedience suggested not to talk to her for a week. My daughter started having nervous breakdowns 2 days later ( my daughter was 15 years old), and when by the end of the week I couldn't stand it, saying about the priest, the two of us decided that he was, to put it mildly, ” stupid. I myself learned to keep silent with age on duty-I didn't check the brain zones. It doesn't affect sociability in any way.

  12. I stopped doing this a month ago. As a result, I now have a severe lack of communication and love. Just the feeling that no one needs me.

    So here.

  13. There is such a practice of working with consciousness – silence. And in various religions – not only in the East, but also in Christianity (hesychasm in Orthodoxy), and Islam. But here is an example of the Eastern practice of Vipassana, the psychologist explains well what happens to consciousness from the inside�http://metanoya.ru/vipassana

  14. To begin with,communication is a psychological need of a person and without it, as without any other need, a person will not get better, well, the plus is that he will not die without “psychological” needs, such as from physiological needs for nutrition or sleep.I conducted an experiment on myself-in abstaining from sociable content with someone, for two weeks.I won't talk about the process itself,but I'll tell you the result right away.Firstly, after the end of the experiment, it became more difficult for me to communicate with people,it is difficult to explain, but the language seems to have forgotten how to pronounce letters, secondly, the psyche suffers, it is possible to fall into depression or get a mental disorder,I am simply not inclined to them and it bypassed me.There is a kind of emptiness inside, as if the whole world has forgotten about you and locked you in the basement.Summing up, I will say that there will be nothing positive in this,but I can't say anything about changes in the brain,I'm not a neuroscientist.

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