Do we really use only 10% of our brain?

Do we really use only 10% of our brain?
This has been the one of the longest and most controversial myth of all time specially that this one is, according to my research, founded by Albert Einstein as a result of misinterpretation. Now we all know that just by having small damage in any part of our brain could potentially have devastating results. So why is this myth still going?

There are some cases which somehow prove this claim, according to some researchers. For instance, there are people who can not be hurt with whatever physical pain they have in their body. They claim that they say that the certain individual can control his or her brain to not feel anything and can somehow make the wound or cut heal itself by just manipulating the brain. How cool is that?

There are also people who are very intelligent and has above average IQ (refer to this: http://www.therichest....10-highest-iqs-in-histoy/) than any normal person which means, they can manipulate their brain to do extensive mathematical and problem solving faster than an average person.

It is still not yet scientifically proven that we only use 10% of our brain. But would you agree to that?



Maybe even less in some cases!

There are so many abilities that we have lost touch with, intuition, instinct, even our hearing and sight are poor compared to how much we used to rely on them before everything started to be done for us. There is so much we don't know about ourselves, and I do believe that the mind is capable of so much more than we give it credit for. I think that the brain has the capacity for all the things we have lost, (sixth sense), and for much more. Given enough time to evolve we will perhaps uncover more of what we are capable of. I know myself, just by having deep empathy for my husband's wound, I developed the same wound in the same place but had no pain nor did I injure myself. My mind just replicated the wound in my body because I felt so deeply for him. This is an example of the deeper workings of the brain which we do not use.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-29-2017
You are right. Humans only use the 10? because almost everything is done for us and we have not time, space and resources to realize for ourselves how much our brain could do.

Personally, I use more than the 10% . But you get labeled sensitive by people around because they don't realize they too have the same abilities as you if they only paid attention.


I think this is possible although I'm not completely sold that the number is at or near 10 percent, as I think it's probably higher than that and mostly I am just agreeing here to play devil's advocate and to iterate that probably we are not using 100 percent at all times because I think that would just be a bit too much and a bit too tiring. Probably there are constant shifts happening that alleviate pressure and workload for us to be at a good efficient rate throughout the day.
Posted by Wubwub on 10-01-2018

10 Percent or Less

It's been a subject of many studies and I tend to believe that humans are only using a small part of the brain and the bigger part remains dormant and untapped. It is said that these parts of the brain became dormant because people over the span of thousands of years have forgotten to use them.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 10-19-2018



No way!

For me, it is impossible to use just the 10% of our brain. If we are in school, to grasp all the knowledge, we must use up to more than 10% to ensure that you will remember anything you learn. When it comes to work, I think we also use more than 10% of our brain because we're thinking on strategies that will help our work and as well as the company. In our everyday lives, it is possible that we use also more than 10% of our brain to survived the day.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-29-2017
Yeah. I saw a report wherein it states that while we are asleep, the brain still functions and if we are awake and doing some things, our brains are doing more than just 10% because there are a lot of parts in our brain that are showing fluctuations when scanned using the MRI.

Its a myth

The truth is we are using nearly 100% of our brain. In some research, they used Magnetic Resonance Imaging and found out that there are no dormant parts of the brain. Which means the brain is active all the time.
Posted by Anonymous on 08-29-2017

Doubt it

I doubt that we only use 10% of our brain because that would just make no sense. A lot of people are extremely clever and it would just make no sense that these people are only using 10% of their brain. Maybe it was just that the 10% of the brain was used for logical thinking and someone misinterpreted that as only 10% of the brain is ever used for anything.
Posted by kingcool52 on 08-29-2017

I think the scientists don't know

No. I don't believe that we use only 10% of our brain. I believe that scientists only understand and can explain satisfactorily to others how we use 10% of our brain. I don't think the scientists even know how the other 90% of our brain is used. LOL.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 06-16-2018


Lot of things in science are speculation. So this is definitely not true. And it's just made up fact. If we were to be using 10% only. We would never be feeling the anxiety and other emotions. And it'd be easy for us to adjust with situation. But that does not seem to be the case. And on that premise you can see that some things are speculation.
Posted by overcast on 08-30-2017

Not True

This makes me think of the movie Lucy by Scarlett Johansson. I really appreciated this movie and after watching this I started doing some research about this subject. I concluded that this is only a myth. All the brain areas are always active irrespective of what an individual is doing. Furthermore, even when one is sleeping all areas of the brain are still active.
Posted by Pixie on 08-29-2017

I disagree!

It is impossible for us to use only 10% of our brain, we are smart people and when we need to do something we usually use more than 10 % of our brain. Thre are cases when some of us use the whole 100% of our brain.
Posted by wallet on 08-29-2017

No way.

It is true that we never use 100% of our brain, but that is simply because it would be ridiculous to use our brain to its full capacity; it doesn't work like that.

The brain is divided in different areas and each takes care of a particular thing within our bodies, therefore they cannot all work at the same time, the illusion that we don't use our brain the way it is meant to be used is simply ridiculous. We don't use the 10% only, but neither the complete 100%, but that has nothing to do with IQ or the individual capabilities of people.

Posted by VintageRose on 08-29-2017

The brain is complicated

We use various parts of our brain for different tasks. While we might not understand exactly how the relationship between parts of our brain connect and effect our lives we are using a lot more than 10 percent of our brains.
Posted by anna on 08-30-2017

Definitely not!

With all the advances (in many ways) that we have already been able to achieve, it's impossible to agree with the theory that we are only using 10% of our brain power.

I think it's obvious that it's not possible to quantify the real percentage of use, but certainly it's not only 10%.

Posted by wiseagent on 08-29-2017


I don't believe that we only use 10% of our brain. No study have proven it yet. Our brain have different parts and each part have their own function. So we can't say that only 10% is in use. Maybe some part are working harder and others are of different times. But all in all we use all parts of our brain.
Posted by zheh on 08-29-2017


This isn't true, it is one of the most famous myths. We use as much brain as we need because different parts of brain do different things. It is not possible to "unblock" your brain and make it work more. The myth is so popular that there was even a whole movie based on it, Lucy.
Posted by felabruno on 09-30-2017

Nothing to discuss

This isn't much of a debate, it has been scientifically proven that the idea that people just use 10% of their brain is a myth, I have no idea where or how it all started but it is just a myth that somehow became extremely known and taken as a fact.
Posted by AlexLapusan on 09-06-2017

10 discount

This was sometimes an argument that the self-help guys use to sell product to desperate people, helping them use the other 90$ of their brain, I believe in it one moment, it didn't harm me, nor serve me, It could be true sometimes when somebody telling us a boring story, in that case, we're giving him just 10% of our brain.
Posted by joey98 on 08-30-2017

A lie told so long seems to be true

In reality, the claim that humans only use 10% of their brain capacity is nothing more than a recurring myth. Historians believe the widespread myth might have gotten its start as far back as 1936. In that year, journalist Lowell Thomas wrote in the forward to Dale Carnegie's famous self-help book, How To Win Friends and Influence People, that "the average person develops only 10 percent of his latent mental ability."
Posted by Authord on 08-29-2017

It's not yet proven

The brain is really difficult to understand because inside the brain, there is a process of system to where in particular points the brain is subjected to do its logical duty. Remember that one important part of our body is the brain, there are people, that they say can process in their brain much faster than a human. Maybe in an instance that their brain is much more bigger, also in disorder than normal, and can process quicker than an average person but this mere fact is not yet proven than the brain of a human can be enhance when we really do only used 10% of our logical thinking.
Posted by Gidsmonts101 on 08-29-2017


The 10-percent myth, my friends, has undoubtedly motivated many people to strive for greater creativity and productivity in their lives--hardly a bad thing. The comfort, encouragement and hope that it has engendered helps explain its longevity. But, like so many uplifting myths that are too good to be true, the truth of the matter seems to be its least important aspect. So whether it is the absolute truth or nah, achieving your greatest potential is all that matters.
Posted by Vastor122 on 08-29-2017

We use all of our brain all the time.

The brain is so much more complex than those who say this myth as fact give it credit for. It is responsible for keeping your entire body functioning and alive. Do you have to manually use your brain to, say, make sure your kidneys are filtering correctly? No, you do not, because your brain is already 100% on and on the job.

I understand there are different areas of the brain that flare up at different times, but the "flares" do not mean that is the ONLY part of the brain that is working. If that were the case, every time we try to search our long term memory, we'd run the risk of accidentally forgetting to pump our heart!

Such a silly myth.

Posted by leaf on 08-30-2017

You've said it already, It's a just a Myth...

I am not really sure but for the sake of argument, I would disagree FOR NOW, only because it's a myth. A myth will remain as a myth until proven and backed up with scientific evidences. Maybe if one of my friends will get the abilities of Lucy ( Scarlett Johansson's 2014 pseudoscience themed movie ) maybe I would be convinced. Now if I would ponder deeper into this, I might get a headache, so it's better if I will leave this thought behind FOR NOW. All I know is we use our brain all the time.
Posted by MushyPhilip1822 on 08-29-2017


How come we only use 10% of our brain if everything we do is coming from our brain. before we talk we think before we eat we think before we dance we think. Everything is from our brain. those researchers did they use 10% of their brain by doing that research? Everything in our body is connected to our brain that's why I don't believe that its only 10%.
Posted by jayken on 08-29-2017

Not so sure

I don't know much about that 10% in my brain but in my case we don't really use it. I mean there are times where we get confused or don't know a certain thing to do which is because of that 10% where we forget and don't really use that often.
Posted by YoloBoy on 12-16-2018


I have watch many documentaries. Many researches tend to claimed that, it was not true. Because, Our brain already functioning such as;

  1. Body organs
  2. heart - beating since our infancy
  3. intestine that process what we eat
  4. kidneys - process liquid out of our body
  5. skin - it process. like replacing old cells
The claim of 10% brain usage was not considering the other organ functions body. Other studies of this field says that, the multi process of our brains does not necessarily to use it all, because it might end up overheating our brain.
Posted by jaysolano12 on 08-29-2017
Jonathan Solomon
Exactly! To be honest, I can't see how all these organs and systems function, but yet and still we only use 10% of our brain. Personally, I've always taken this myth as a metaphor, instead of an actual statement. In the world we live in, people lack creativity and inspiration. Because of this, we limit ourselves and potential capabilities. The principle of only using 10% of our brain, in this case, would seem like a practical statement.
Posted by Jonathan Solomon on 08-29-2017
"jaysolano" ,you are spot on about that. In this technological era where information is always bombarded via mainstream media, social media, books, and articles. One cannot fathom that he is using less than 10% of his brain. This could have been believed before the internet era but today people absorb more information than an average person of 1980's.
Posted by muaaz.93 on 08-29-2017
But have you ever thought though that the 10% use of our brain has already allocated all of that "body organs" function that you are talking about? I mean, what if 5% of our brain are responsible for all of those basic motor functions including the respiratory and nervous systems? Scientists and researchers say human brain is so powerful that it can somehow do things that are beyond our control such as manipulating our cells to heal wounds 10x faster! And many more! :D
Posted by galegatling on 09-05-2017
Most of us may not use our brain to it's optimal level, but saying we only use 10 percent of our brain is just wrong. Our brains have a vast capacity and I think we use most of it every day. I think that most people are using their brain almost as much as they can every day. I do not go along witht he 10 percent statistic at all.
Posted by kgord on 08-29-2017
I think that as with everything it varies a lot from person to person. Sure some people might only use 10% of their brain capacity but I am sure that there are gifted people out there who manage to use more. I'm talking about scientists and other particularly intelligent people. There is no way to generalize this
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-29-2017
I agree that it depends on the person because there are intelligent people who may be using a bigger part of their brain than the ordinary people like us. It reminds me of Stephen Hawking who is a great physicist who was physically handicapped but he still continued his lectures in colleges and universities. I have the impression that he was the most intelligent person alive during his time. Unfortunately he passed away last year.
Posted by Corzhens on 10-01-2018
There are many functions which the brain performs which, in my opinion, thwarts that fact that we use only 10% of our brain to work. How can one make such claim that the brain performs such a little fraction of human activities while it's clear that the brain does works such as controlling how we reason, acts as a sex urge in way that we can use the brain to control our drive for sex, it processes the liquid out of the body with the help of the kidney and so on.

The brain does many tasks our body system that after giving due respect to the heart that pumps blood around the body, the brain comes handy in making or marring our daily activities. I still feel there is more to the 10% claim anyway since there was no explicit explanation on why we should totally believe such.

I do not know for others, but my brain performs major functions to keep me going every day of my life. The work starts from the heart and continues to the brain!
Posted by Barida on 08-29-2017
I also want to know about it since that there is no such scientific study proof that we only use 10 percent of our brain but for my opinion i think its not really true that we only use 10 percent of our brain because if that is the case some parts of our brain would be useless and not functional.
Posted by tophew on 08-29-2017
How do one knows that only 10% of the brain had been in used? Does the white or gray hair appears on the right or left side of the head signifies the usage? I had heard from my brother in law that if your hair still maintains the original color, you are not using your brain. If you over used the right hand side of the brain, your hair will turn color, the older age hair color. Haven't read any articles that had proven such statement yet.
Posted by peachpurple on 08-29-2017
That is the drawback on this case. We would love to know how they managed to calculate or assume that we only use 10% of our brain. There was a movie called Lucy which is also similar to this claim and it was a good movie to be honest. It shows what a human body can do when some percentages of the brain are used up until 100%. This has to be really scientifically weird. Like if invisible things exist, or even the tiniest particle, we can see in our naked eye if we unlock some parts of our brain.
Posted by galegatling on 08-29-2017
Scientists and some weird discoveries and theories.I seem not to buy this assertion.So we use only 10% and the remain 90% remains fallow or what,I don't seem to comprehend this.How was the discovery carried out.Were they able to assess people from other nations to ascertain this is applicable to everyone.Nations and peoples differs and as such what might be prominent or lost in A might not be same for B
Posted by lovely on 08-29-2017
I'm not sure about that scientific explanation about our brain if only 10% is being used. None of the invented machines already proved on how our brain works and how the brain control our body. If there is a study that can identify the 100% function of our brain, most of us can easily manipulate it. Which is not good and our brain should respond limitedly and controllable.
Posted by rogel on 08-29-2017
We already have the most advanced technology to know anything about human body, including the brain. This has long been proven that our brain uses nearly 100% and is always active. MRI can check human brain.
Posted by geloi on 08-29-2017
I don't believe we only use 10% of our brain but I do believe we don't use all our brain potential. I've watched some documentary films that show some people doing extraordinary stuff because they can use their brain skills to stop feeling pain, to heal some issues, etc. Some specialists believe that people with multiple personality disorder use more percentage of their brain than regular people because each personality has their own thought, memories and illness.
Posted by cubo on 08-29-2017
All parts of the human brain work hand in hand to make sure that all our body parts are working perfectly. So it is wrong for someone to say that we only use 10% of our brain only. The brain makes use of at least 98% of all the parts of the brain.
Posted by babyright on 08-29-2017
I don't know what the percentage actually is, whether it's 10% or not, but we definitely do not use the full capacity of our brains. This has been proven and recorded in science around the world for many years. There are certainly some people who naturally use a bit more of their brain than others with various abilities, but in general, we really actively use so little of our brain and no one really knows why. One of the interesting things with this is when people have brain damage. If a regularly used part of the brain sustains some type of damage, sometimes a whole new part of the brain will activate to make up for it. Despite how much or little we use, the brain is truly an amazing part of our body! This topic makes me think of the film "Lucy" where a young girl takes a drug that quickly causes her to access more and more of her brain until her brain is actually at 100% used capacity. I don't know what we would be capable of if our brains used more of their abilities, but I think it's interesting to imagine.
Posted by this_free_spirit on 08-29-2017
Yes. That is why I always think that if ever we only use 10% or 20% of our brain, it probably covers all of the departments whether it is by physical, emotional or mental means. I mean, no one has ever calculated the total amount of brain usage that we are consuming from day to day basis right? So with that being said, it is safe to assume that we are only using certain percentage of our brain. Although MRI and other scans show that all parts of our brain are working around the clock, there is still no specific calculations.
Posted by galegatling on 09-08-2017
We are not using 100% of our brain capacity. Instead, the brain has evolved to be optimally used because it is a huge consumer of energy in our body. If we were using the entire capacity of our brain all the time we practically couldn't anything else. We couldn't walk, move our hands, etc.

So, the point here is that we are using our brain's capacity optimally, not wastefully.
Posted by Vatroslav on 08-29-2017
I am not sure, but I don't really believe in that. I am not a Scientist or a person who knows Science pretty well, I just think there is not proof to show that and also our brain is so mysterious and I don't think we can really tell that. Moreover, I have read that it's a just myth. Well, there are always many sayings here and there, but I don't really bother about all this. I guess we just try to use our brain wisely, to make our life more fulfilled, that's good enough.
Posted by kaka135 on 08-29-2017
May be I am stuipd, can anyone tell me what insteuments measures the capacity of the brain. I have often heard that Einstine is the only person who has used 11 percent of his brain, rest of the people use less than 10 percent. How did they measufre how many percent of the brain did Einstine used? hat instruments, which technique? I don't believe in the measurement of brain capacity.
Posted by vinaya on 08-29-2017
You are not alone, I am stupid as well. LOOOOOL! No as what I know so far, there isn't a device or an apparatus developed to measure how much of percentages of our brain we are using in to day to basis. There are however, devices use to scan the brain and determine which parts are having activities - but that is it's limit. They can't measure that is why there are people who claim that we only use minimal percentages of our brain.
Posted by galegatling on 09-11-2017
I am not sure as to how scientists have measured that we are only using 10% of our brains when in fact there is so much more to learn about the center of the nervous system. I believe that most humans are even using less than 10% of their brains as these brains have a strong potential but not everyone can harness the capabilities. Unless we already have the technology to somehow accurately measure human intelligence and brain activity, I do not believe that people use a specific percentage of their brains, such as 10%.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 08-30-2017
Yes, I have heard about this myth many times before but I have never seen some evidence to prove that we use more than 10% or vice versa, that we don't.

I have no clue whats the truth since I am not a scientist. However, I personally believe that we use more than 10% but we do not use all of it. We have so much of the brain that remains unused and we don't even realize. I can only imagine the things we could comprehend and the ways we could think if we used it to the maximum.
Posted by Mehano on 08-30-2017
I believe this depends greatly on the individual. I don't think that a scientist uses the same amount of his brain than a manual or repetitive worker does. It's not that I am degrading the manual worker it's just that I think different professions and individuals use their brain in different ways.
Posted by Marvadaum on 08-30-2017
Sure we can say that they can't prove that we only use 10% of our brain. But can you also prove that we don't just use 10% of our brain? And that we use more than that for various things? Yes on MRI scans and all other apparatuses we can see that almost all parts of our brains are working and showing fluctuations and all, but can you also show us the exact calculation? :D What if all those brain processes only use up to 8% or something, and the remaining is for emotion and sleep functions. :D
Posted by galegatling on 09-06-2017
I have a feeling many people are too lazy to use their brains or choose not to use them. I don't think it matter how much of the brain we use, but how we choose to use it. I mean there maybe criminals that use their brains, so is that good? Then there are politicians who may rely on others to give them information and who choose not to use their brains, and is that good? Just because people have brains doesn't mean they use them wisely.
Posted by Alexa on 08-30-2017
This could be just a proverbial slang to imply that we do so little or understand so little with the great gift of a brain that we have! Consider how most of us use our scientifically smart gadgets. These gadgets can perform so many advanced functions and allow us to do so much greater things and what do we do with them? We play video games and talk to friends and use the cameras. That sounds like we're using 10% of our smart gadgets and look at our vehicles and even the internet. Another 10% there as well! That doesn't mean we are limited in any way other than our imagination and interest. Perhaps we need to get rid of the 10% mentality that we often revert to in passive, normal living mode and the myth of this 10% brain power will dwindle as well. Strange enough I've checked that link in the post regarding the people with great IQ scores and it seems like at the end of the day they just want a normal, comfortable non stressful life just like everyone else so what is it really do we want or expect from ourselves in this case?
Posted by Joteque on 08-30-2017
It just goes to show that they have surpassed what an average person can do regarding the use of their brain powers. I also think that this 10% myth is somehow true because we ourselves can't even calculate how much power our brain uses in everyday life including the emotional and physical aspects. I mean, we can always assume that we only use up to 7% of our brain when it comes to physical works and 3% for emotional and mental ones.
Posted by galegatling on 09-07-2017
Lot of the content that science magazines are putting out is nothing but the waste. So you can see that learning how to use the brain is something pretty vague stuff. And on that point it'd be reasonable to say that we have to learn how to spend the time the right way. And we should not be spending the time trying to understand stuff around. So brain related studies are going to be different resulted in depending on the region.
Posted by overcast on 09-05-2017
Honestly I think there are many people who use even less than 10%. I'm not sure if we use 10% of our brain power, but I think Einsten certainly used a lot more than that.
Posted by hermessantos on 09-07-2017
Don't believe in Lucy, it's all false.
Posted by Wyvh on 09-09-2017
There was one scientist who said that if can use 90% of our brain then we can be as powerful as God. Of course, that is a blasphemous statement but the analogy was only to emphasize how powerful the human brain is. And I believe that if you can use 50% of your brain then you can have an IQ that is double that of the IQ of a person with an average intelligence. But maybe it’s not really just 10% of our brain that we are using, I believe it is even more like 20% or even 30%.
Posted by Corzhens on 01-24-2018
You know, I never quite understand from where the whole notion arose that humans only use 10% of our brains. Maybe it was from those New Age spiritualists who feel that there was some immense, hidden potential within the brain that we weren’t tapping in to. As far as I’m aware, a lot of scientists agree that neurons make up about 10% of our brain cells, so perhaps that’s where it came from. In any case, the simple fact is that we use our brains to their full potential 100% of the time. There is nothing to unlock or any of that craziness.
Posted by Denis_P on 07-26-2018