In this episode I’m joined by Doug Brackmann, PhD who is a dual PhD in both organizational and clinical psychology. He is the author of DRIVEN, Understanding and Harnessing the Genetic Gifts shared by Entrepreneurs, Navy SEALS, Pro Athletes and Maybe You.
Doug’s work focuses on the Biology of performance over the Psychology. We look at what’s behind the narrative and how our “systems” operate.
Our “mind” actually exists in the body (not our head)
Three systems make up what we like to call our “mind.” They are:
- The Spinal Cord and Brainstem which operate as recording devices. For instance, if we touch a hot stove, every single cell along the nerve pathway remembers that experience and has an automatic response system to contract muscles.
- The Limbic Cluster which is our “real-time” operating machine. This part of our brain logs the event and captures a pattern for future recall (i.e. square metal box with four burners). It then sends out this invisible radar looking for patterns that will match a previous experience in an effort to avoid future traumas.
- Our final system, our “new brain” or neocortex is truly just a time machine. It holds little to no value in the present moment and gives us the ability to think about the hot stove we touched or touching a hot stove at some point in the future.
Understanding how these systems work begins to give us the ability to see where we are often making judgements or decisions based on past experiences, not actual, real-time information. Working these systems can help us refine our radar and trust our rapid decision making cycle.
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