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I am Better than Me!

Reward and status are hardwired into the brain to trigger the limbic system (fight or flight)  in exactly the same way survival threat does. It's no wonder media uses these two concepts to market everything. Here's a tip--if you redefine…

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To Know Another is to Know Thyself

Dr. Daniel Siegel, author of Mindsight, notes that "our awareness of another person's state of mind depends on how well we know our own." (62).  From studying mirror neurons and the insula we now know that we map others' experiences…

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Rewire Your Body’s Hard Drive

Science knows now that we can rewire the brain and grow new neuronal maps. Neural maps are the active circuits through which all thought-forms flow.  They are the pathways of mental engagement and creation.  They've found that this happens through…

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Can Blueberries Help You Live Longer?

What if your lunch today included blueberries, dark chocolate, pistachios, and a glass of Port or red wine?  Would you feel indulgent, perhaps even a tad bit guilty?  Think again!  According to Dr. Eric Braverman consuming foods with resveratrol, a…

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Mindfulness Changing the Political Brain?

The time has come for politics to recognize the magic of both compassion and neuroplasticity!  "The fact that our brain is always changing means we're not locked in to having the stress superhighway built into our nervous system...The cutting-edge research…

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Does Fear Define YOUR Comfort Zone?

In studies of the brain's neurology, fMRIs show that when faced with uncertainty our brains decrease the blood flow to the reward center while increasing blood flow to our emotional circuitry -- the limbic brain, priming us for fight-or-flight response.…

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Words have the Power to Heal!

According to Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, author of Mindsight, using words to describe and label your internal world can actually be useful for right-left brain integration and balance.  The right hemisphere tends to be associated to the emotion-generting areas and…

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An Adolescent Approach to the World

The prefrontal cortex is involved with most of our higher order thought functions like patience, goal setting, motivation, empathy, problem solving and much more.  The amygdala is involved in more reactive and quicker responses like fight-or-flight, emotional arousal, and survival…

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