Emotional Brain

To go with my previous post, here is a TED Presentation by Daniel Goleman. In the presentation he will share examples about how seminary students and people in a subway were driven to action when their emotions were engaged. He also explained that the emotions became engaged only when they were able to have compassion and see outside of themselves. Enjoy.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

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Emotions Drive Actions: Create a Strong Positive Picture

Emotions ignite action, are you getting others and yourself emotionally involved?

Often we are too scientific and technical. New brain research shows emotions may be as or more important than anything else. In Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman’s book, Thinking Fast & Slow, Goleman’s book Social Intelligence, the Heath Brothers books – Decisive, Switch, and Made to Stick and in many other noted books and articles, it is explained that the brain has 2 parts – Emotional and Logical. The older emotional part of the brain is fast, unthinking, and spurs gut reactions that are less accurate. The newer, logical, thinking and deliberative part of the brain is slower and more accurate.

Emotional reasons get people engaged and active then our logical brain can be used to figure out the best course of action. Using only one part of the brain is less effective. With this in mind, it means we should paint a picture of a better, more emotionally desirable tomorrow. Creating a picture of something we desire inspires us to think actively about what we must do to create that new reality.

Our evolutionary brain  suggests the picture should be positive because our brain has an optimism bias as Sharot explains in his book The Optimism Bias: The Irrationally Positive Brain. Even so, traditional efforts attempt to scare or worry people about an undesired, sick or problematic future. Our optimistic brain dismisses negatives as unlikely or shuts them out.  Understanding this means we need to work hard to paint a positive emotionally desirable picture of the future.

Our brains mirror neurons instigate us to copy or “mirror” actions when our older emotional brain is emotionally moved. To activate mirror neurons, talk, think about and model actions that lead to desired outcomes. Doing good deeds and taking helpful actions will inspire others to “mirror” your actions and do more good things.

Share your experiences, what have you done or seen done that excited you and or other people enough to get them involved. What should we be doing to ignite emotions and actions that create interactions so everyone and everything benefits? I am excited to hear about your inspiring actions!

Be Well’r,

Craig Becker

A Better Way to Talk about Sex?

Al Vernacchio breaks with tradition to offer a more inclusive, fair, and enlightening perspective on sex. His new pizza model  provides an example of how to possibly create better outcomes. Enjoy this fresh perspective on sex!

Be Well’r,

Craig Becker

What Makes Sense Leads to Moral Progress

Morality predicated on external pressures is never sufficient.                                               – Immanuel Kant

As explained in Steven Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s TED Presentation, “The Long Reach of Reason” (also below) moral progress has been instigated through reasoned arguments that documented inconsistency in values, actions, and common sense.  After discussing some examples of how reasoned arguments led to moral progress, they wonder if our grandchildren will be as appalled by our actions as we are of our ancestors who saw things such as beheadings and slavery as normal. Won’t our ancestors or even our children wonder why we focused on eliminating disease when we were wanting to experience better health that we defined as the presence of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity? After all, doing actions and engaging in thoughts that lead to or cause health to create gains in well-being beyond just the absence of problems is a reasoned, logical course of action. Efforts focused on eliminating problems are insufficient and illogical if improved well-being is the goal.

Eliminating problems just brings us back to where we were, not better. If we want to be better, logic and reason suggests we must first determine the better outcome, Operationalize and Idealized Outcome, we want that is not available now and then determine how to create that better reality, Discover Precursors, Optimize the Process, and Plot Progress. This idea is the objective with salutogenesis and paneugenesis and the idea is explained in the Exceeding Expectations video you can access here or below. Reasoning and logic suggests focusing on and working toward creating a better is the obvious way  to create a better tomorrow.

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I look forward to hearing about how you will be exceeding YOUR expectations, doing so will generate comprehensive improvements as you create interactions that help everyone and everything benefit.

 

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Embrace the Shake

This presentation by Phil Hansen relates to Barry Schwartz, the Paradox of Choice: Where more is less. The subject relates to how having more choices is not the best option. In this presentation  Phil Hansen explains how his forced limitations ignited his creativity. This is a great philosophy for life, we need to see what we have, determine where we want to go and then create a way to make it happen. As always, to make a  positive contributions we should think about creating interactions so everyone and everything benefits.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

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