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Tip #801: Being an Adult

On December 2, 2019, Posted by , In brain research, With Comments Off on Tip #801: Being an Adult

“Successfully functioning in a society with diverse values, traditions and lifestyles requires us to have a relationship to our own reactions rather than be captive of them. To resist our tendencies to make right or true, that which is nearly familiar, and wrong or false, that which is only strange.” Robert Kegan

We know that children grow in stages (for example, we’ve heard of, if not experienced, the terrible two’s). Well, according to Dr. Robert Kegan, a former Harvard psychologist, adults also transition through different stages. Becoming an adult isn’t about learning new things, it’s about transitioning into higher stages of development and maturity.

Natali Morad describes these five stages:

  • Stage 1 — The Impulsive Mind (early childhood). Here the
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Tip #797:  Learning Science Breakthroughs

On November 4, 2019, Posted by , In brain research,learning, By ,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #797:  Learning Science Breakthroughs

“Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.” Tony Buzan

According to Amanda Moritz-Saladino, in an article most recently revised in 2017, there have been at least ten big breakthroughs in the science of learning.

  1. More information doesn’t mean more learning. The brain can get overloaded, so, to avoid that, we can chunk information, build on positive transfer and eliminate non-essential information.
  2. The brain is a highly dynamic organ. Neuroplasticity means that the brain can grow new neurons and adapt to new situations at any age.
  3. Emotion influences the ability to learn. Uncomfortable or stressful learning environments should be avoided because they generate negative emotions, causing the limbic system to shut off access to learning and
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Tip #784: How is Your Physical Intelligence?

On August 5, 2019, Posted by , In brain research, By , With Comments Off on Tip #784: How is Your Physical Intelligence?

“Physical intelligence underpins our cognitive and emotional intelligence.” Claire Dale, Patricia Peyton

No, this isn’t about starting an exercise program. And yes, this is the first time I’ve heard of it. But I thought it was worth passing on to you.

Physical intelligence is “the ability to detect and actively manage the balance of chemicals in our brains so that we can achieve more, experience less stress and live more happily.”

In their book Physical Intelligence, Claire Dale and Patricia Peyton explain the four key elements of physical intelligence and the brain chemicals associated with them. I’ve added in [brackets] the emotional intelligence element that may be influenced by the physical intelligence element:

  • Strength:  this comprises inner strength and
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Tip #703: Why Make Anti-Resolutions?

On January 9, 2018, Posted by , In brain research, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #703: Why Make Anti-Resolutions?

My New Year’s Resolution List usually starts with the desire to lose between ten and three thousand pounds.” Nia Vardalos

Welcome to 2018. I hope it is kind to you.

The media strongly encourages us to make positive changes in our lives in the shape of New Year’s resolutions. But Stephanie Vozza believes that the resolutions we make only reflect what we think we should do- not what we truly desire and are willing to put in the work to make happen. As a result, most resolutions are unrealistic and almost immediately forgotten.

Ms. Vozza’s offers an alternative in her article: Why You Should Make An Anti-Resolution List (And What To Put On It).  She quotes Kate Hanley, the … Read the rest

Tip #700:  Do You Know Your Emotional Style?

“Rather than being a luxury, emotions are a very intelligent way of driving an organism toward certain outcomes.” Antonio Damasio

Neuroscientist Richard Davidson spent almost 40 years studying the brain mechanisms that underlie our emotions. He determined that individuals have unique and consistent ways of responding to life experiences. These emotional styles are governed by specific identifiable brain circuits.

In his book, The Emotional Life of Your Brain, co-authored with Sharon Begley, he describes six emotional styles:

  1. Self-Awareness: How well you perceive the physical sensations in your body that reflect your emotions. (Self-awareness is determined by the ability of the insula to interpret signals from the body and organs.)
  2. Sensitivity to Context: How good you are at regulating your
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Tip #696: Did You Know Stress Heals?

On November 7, 2017, Posted by , In brain research, By , , With Comments Off on Tip #696: Did You Know Stress Heals?

“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” Hans Selye

It has been said that those who can’t do, teach. As a matter of principle, I disagree with this statement with one personal exception. People who know me well can’t believe that I teach stress management- but I do. And when I conduct a stress management class, my focus is to help the participants become conscious of the stress they have in their lives so that they can make choices to reduce their stress.

Over the years, I’ve campaigned against stress because, as everyone knows, stress is bad for us, and too much stress can affect our health, our relationships, and our very lives.

Well, … Read the rest