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Is This Thing Still Flying?
What else are those of us with a hyperactive amygdala supposed to do to live in less fear? One technique neuropsychologist Rick Hansen talks about is distinguishing between real and paper tigers—ie stopping to assess whether you’re reacting to… Read more
So I’m Wired This Way…Now What?
There are many successful techniques for dealing with a hair trigger amygdala. Today we’re going to look at one: retraining our brains through mindfulness meditation, which in the words of Daniel Goleman, is “an attention-training method that… Read more
Is Your Brain a Prickly Motion Detector?
The folks in Kagan’s study I referred to in my last posting are in their 20s now and those who were labeled as highly reactive at birth, “remain anxious just below the surface, their subconscious brains still twitchy, still hypervigilant, still… Read more
We’re Just Born this Way
Ever wonder why you jump at the slightest noise and your spouse, friend, or colleague barely registers it? Why you might worry or feel anxious a lot of the time while others seem so carefree, even when facing challenges? I’ve always attributed… Read more
Hardwired to Worry
In case you wonder why you worry even though you know it does no good for your mental, emotional, or physical health, it’s because your brain is hardwired that way. And there’s a good reason why. Your amygdala is trying to save… Read more
How Anxious Are You?
I’ve always called myself a worrier and have worked for years on worrying less. As far as how successful I’ve been, the operative word is “less.” I am less worried that I used to be. But I had a powerful experience recently that showed me… Read more
I was on Daily Dose by Debra with Fox
“Attitudes of Gratitude” by M.J.Ryan I read this book and all I could do was smile as it was so relatable. Attitudes of Gratitude reminds us of all the little things we take for granted like waking up every morning, the sounds of birds… Read more
The Truth Is….
I was working with a leader who had just taken a job with lots of responsibility but very little structure or guidance. She was about to have a meeting with her staff for the first time. “What should I say?” she asked me in a panic…. Read more
The True Dangers of TMI
Last time I wrote about how the vast proportion of our brain is dedicated to unconscious processing and when we allow ourselves to put things on the back burner, we tap into this well spring of creative thinking and come up with our best ideas. … Read more
Surprising News You Can Use on the Brain-Body Connection
If you’ve read any of my books or blog entries, you know that I often incorporate the latest in brain science. My analytic mind loves to understand the “why” of everything. So for the next few entries, I will be sharing the latest on… Read more
An asset-focused perspective–looking at what's right rather than what's wrong–on the attitudes and behaviors that allow us to trust ourselves more and therefore feel less overwhelmed by life and more able to take action on what matters to us.