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You Are NOT a Victim

  • February 11, 2013
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Autonomy and control wire into our brains directly into the reward center: the ventral striatum. When we perceive we don't have control, we deactivate the reward center and activate the pain/stress pathway. In 2009 the Journal of Psychosomatic Research published this…

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What a Difference a Verb can Make!

  • February 5, 2013
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I AM vs I FEEL Did you know that when the fight-or-flight center of the brain is engaged (the limbic system) saying things like I AM so angry keeps the blood flowing in that direction, feeding that center.   But when…

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A Smile a Day can Enhance the Month of Romance!

  • February 1, 2013
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The month of February is the month of romance.  For some of us that adds extra pressure, and paradoxically can even cause depression.  With a little self-nurture we can begin to shift this disposition.  The muscles of the face, unlike…

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We ARE Magicians

  • January 23, 2013
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What if you had superhero powers to sculpt reality as you wanted it to be? What if science began to admit such powers?   When scientists discovered our gifts of neuroplasticity late in the last century we officially entered the…

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Which Come First, Thought or Emotion?

  • January 17, 2013
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Which comes first, thought or emotion?  Because sensory information streams through our cortices with many connection points into the limbic brain by the time the information reaches our cerebral cortex for logic processing we have already placed a "feeling" on…

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It’s Written All Over Your Face!

  • November 20, 2012
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In 2001 neurologist Patrik Vuilleumeir found that a person's amygdala responds in threat mode to the appearance of fearful expressions of others EVEN IF that person is paying attention to something else.  The amygdalae's job is to signal our stress…

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Our Plastic Thoughts

  • November 12, 2012
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Did you know your brain is plastic! The brain is a substance that can easily be shaped or molded. NY Times best seller Dr. David Perlmutter, author of Grain Brain notes in the foreword of New Beliefs, New Brain that researchers not…

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