I'm sure it's happened to you: You're in a tense team meeting trying to defend your position on a big project and start to feel yourself losing ground. Your voice gets louder. You talk over one of your colleagues and correct his point of view. He pushes back, so you go into overdrive to convince everyone you're right. It feels like an out of body experience — and in many ways it is. In terms of its neurochemistry, your brain has been hijacked.
In situations of high stress, fear or distrust, the hormone and neurotransmitter cortisol floods the brain. Executive functions that help us with advanced thought processes like strategy, trust building, and compassion shut down. And the amygdala, our instinctive brain, takes over. The body makes a chemical choice about how best to protect itself — in this case from the shame and loss of power associated with being wrong — and as a result is unable to regulate its emotions or handle the gaps between expectations and reality. So we default to one of four responses: fight (keep arguing the point), flight (revert to, and hide behind, group consensus), freeze (disengage from the argument by shutting up) or appease (make nice with your adversary by simply agreeing with him). Read More
As we look to a brand New Year, it give us an opportunity to re-invent ourselves. There’s always something we want more of or to fix in our lives. While many people want to lose weight or get more fit, we know that the best way to unearth great ideas for improvement is to ask ourselves good questions. Charlie O'Donnell, founder of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures, offers some ideas for what he wants to accomplish in the New Year. Try this out for yourself:
- Three people I’m actually friends with that I would like to be better friends with.
- Ten people I should know, but don't.
- Five people I’d like to help be successful.
- Three things I’d like to learn.
What is corrective exercise and how could it benefit you? Corrective exercise works for sports professionals, weekend triathletes, and everyday people. This type of exercise finds and overcomes the imbalances and impairments that lead to injuries and that make you less efficient and less powerful when you exercise or compete.
It is very common to have an injury, recover, and then re-injure the same area again. For athletes and everyday people, this can be extremely frustrating. To avoid re-injuring the same area the limitation or restriction needs to be identified first, and then corrected. Working underactive muscles and stretching overactive or tight muscles is where the "correction" comes into play. Read More