The capability of the brain to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life is referred to as neuroplasticity. I often discuss this externally when faced with a lack of learning confidence. For example,"I am terrible at math, I could never be a scientist."
Destin Sandlin of Smarter Every Day has a fantastic story about riding a different type of bicycle. I occasionally am frustrated when I attempt to change how my brain perceives the world, mostly because I feel it is taking longer than it should. Destin's story reminded me that while neuroplasticity is a very real quality, sometimes life slows us down. Although I am quite positive one could learn to ride the backwards bicycle in less than 8 months, it is a good reminder that these changes and efforts take considerable time and effort.
I am now more understanding of the roadblocks we collectively face when changing viewpoints and the world.