Change And The Brain
This week there’s a little more to say about the continuum of changes going on. Change, good or bad, can be disruptive in normal times. We are no longer living in normal times. Everything has become exaggerated, exacerbated and topsy turvy.
We may never fully figure things out. Just when we think we know what makes people or things tick, they tock. Then one Debbie Downer day, I happily remembered why change is so difficult.
There is actually a neuroscience reason that accounts for a good part of it. Neuroscientist Jeffrey Schwartz: “At the level of individual neurons, brains are built to detect changes in the environment and send out strong signals to alert us to anything unusual. Error detection signals are generated by a part of the brain called the orbital cortex (it’s located right over the eyeballs, which is very closely connected to the brain’s fear circuitry in a structure called the amygdala. These two areas compete with and direct brain resources away from the prefrontal region, which is known to promote and support higher intellectual functions. This pushes us to act more emotionally and more impulsively.”
Knowing my brain is not a fan of change is curiously comforting. Knowing there’s a valid reason for being wary of change, tells me I’m not a total neurotic. Well, then how might we best deal with change? There is no one size fits all. Each of us deals with challenges in our own unique way. Each of us has particular coping mechanisms that work for us. Here are some things I’ve found helpful:
Build a support team of family, good friends.
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