Imagine noticing a child is struggling to use simple everyday tools like a can opener or scissors and concluding that they are deficient in some way. This way of seeing people was true, and parents forced left-handed children to use their right hands for years, until we learned that the brain of left-handed people is wired differently. We now more easily accept that just because the world is designed for right-handed people, doesn't make left-handed people deficient. Change t
Perhaps one of the most difficult change areas is the inclusion and racism domain. From a Neuroscience perspective, this change is difficult because it is tied to: - Our own definition of identity (which is something we are often highly invested in). - Deep split-second activated subconscious biases towards certain identity "categories" (the speed of the response makes it hard for us to detect). - Responses that are tied to subconscious definitions of who is in our in-group v
The Neuroscience term "Executive functioning" is now widely used. These are important functions of the Prefrontal Cortex (PFC) which support effective responses and thinking patterns. It is worth noting, however, that these "controlled" functions should not override other, more subconscious responses. There are things our subconscious knows how to do (like connecting emotionally, or more intuitive thinking), which are needed for us to thrive as individuals and team members. U
We really should do a group discussion about compassion from a Neuroscience perspective one of these days...
I say this because, the parts of the brain that are activated when we "apply" compassion (to others and to ourselves) counteract the activation of the parts of the brain that block growth and change. From a neuroscience perspective, compassion is in many ways a great antidote to many of the things that make change so difficult.
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What is a scent historian and what does it have to do with neuroscience and difficult change? Imagine that you are looking at a picture in a museum and you can smell the scents in the scene. How would your experience of that picture change? Smell is a very powerful inducer of memories...it can allow us to bypass obstacles by engaging people in new and powerful ways. Did you know that of all our senses, our sense of smell is the most directly connected to the Amygdala and henc