Hello, I have been busy and have not written in the blog for some time now. I wanted to talk about the use of positive emotion and interaction with others in our lives. Why do we do what we do, and when do we learn the lessons that will keep us from making similar mistakes in life. One thing many people do is allow their emotions to overcome their logic thought. I can think of so many situations where it was apparent the Hypothalamus and not the Prefrontal cortex was in the clients brain was more active. The hypothalamus is the part of the brain controlling emotional responses, where the Prefrontal cortex is implicated in a variety of complex behaviors, including planning. Both parts of the brain do more than I mentioned but the point is many times people approach the situation from an emotional response and not a logical thought-out process.
Positive emotion and interaction with others is a choice. We choose to be nice to others, we choose to say hurtful words, and choose to ignore or stonewall others. We make choices on a daily basis for positive or negative interactions. Think about your life. Are you choosing to be kind? Or are you choosing to be negative toward others? Look at the relationships you have with people, if they feel supportive, if they feel happy and productive then maybe you are have a positive interaction. However ,when you have an issue with different people and if your relationships seem like they take a lot of work without happiness then many be they are more negative. If you fall into the secondary category, I want to help you out. You can come to my practice and we can work on things. This is another way. You can start being nice to people. Smile at them, compliment them, find a reason to ask about their day. Show respect even when others have not earned it. These are ways you can begin to develop positive interactions with others. Until next time be nice to people.