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  • April 27, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Douglas Eby’s article helps all of us — from pre-teens to seniors — to recognize the “magic of human creativity” is just one aspect of our human instinctive brain functions.

    The creative “spirit” is driven, in part, by same primal (reptilian and mammalian brain)urges that are essential to our survival. We’ve used this same Triune Brain model, formulated over 40 years ago by evolutionary neurobiologist Paul MacLean, to teach kids (9-12 yr. olds)how to better manage periods of emotional stress, anger and sadness. The free Coping Skills for Kids project ( has become the most popular program of its kind world-wide — now utilized in every state in the U.S. plus 178 other countries. Coping skills education is based on this simple, dramatic model of how our brain is comprised of four often competing urges: impulse control; impulsive responses to emotional or physical pain; creativity; and our enduring need for love and social support.


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