I’m publicly taking notes here as I watch the video…
1.Rational is overrated (PFC):
Reminds me of these things I’ve encountered before…
Thinking Fast and Slow - takes an effort and the process is serial.
Will power being depletable.
Personally, I’ve wondered a lot about the correlations between anxiety and (un) happiness.
2.We’ve got emotions backwards
Limbic system - towards / away
Bad is so much stronger (deeper, longer-lasting, harder to shift) than good, it’s incredible. No wonder most people are pessimistic about the future.
Your brain needs quiet to solve problems.
Labeling the feeling with words, you give your brain higher capacity.
Re-appraising brain functioning as not being character traits, but just being normal brain functioning.
3.Social needs are primary
Social pain activates the same regions of the brain as physical pain.
Same for social rewards.
(Babies can’t survive on their own. Social dependence is primary.)
Status - “I have some feedback for you” = threat. Tremendous push back if you try to change something about someone.
Relatedness = friend or foe. The default is foe.
These seem somewhat connected to Haidt’s list of 6 things that can guide morality.
Focusing on how what your team is doing makes a positive difference in the world is the plus-side jackpot.Fixing a problem increases certainty, relatedness, fairness, etc.
4.Attention changes the brain (in seconds).
Develop the capacity to control attention. Learning about how the brain works makes it easier to do that. Benefits happen quickly with relatively small time investment.
Asking Dalai Lama “Why are you so happy?” his answer is “Because it feels better.” He is very practiced in reappraising input to look at it more happily / compassionately. You can do this by having a laugh at your situation.
“The neuroscience of mindfulness” - there are two circuits: focusing on direct input as in looking at the data in real time & focusing on the narratives and judgments in your head.
Very interesting. I’d be interested in learning more!