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Archives for August, 2011

Couples Communication

Making Requests – 5 Reasons We Avoid Them (and 15 Excuses)

“If there is something to gain and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask!” W. CLEMENT STONE

Getting what you want isn’t always easy, and, for many, neither is the asking. Yet, the ability to make clear, concise requests is a hallmark of those who achieve what they want in life, to include personal success and great relationships.

If you read this and are thinking, “but I do ask,” “it...
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Emotional Mastery

3 Types of Change Your Brain Adapts: Reinforcing Behaviors, 1 of 3

An exciting and promising race is on to translate recent neuroscience findings into practical applications in personal and professional arenas.

The study of the nervous system of the brain and body – the field of neuroscience – is increasingly going mainstream.

More and more, what's on the minds of an increasing number of people is ... their own mind.

Among the most amazing discovery is plasticity, a remarkable capacity that allows the brain to generate new neurons...
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The Neuroscience of Changing Toxic Thinking Patterns (2 of 2)

It’s quite amazing when you think of it. You and your body are wired to work together to spark neurochemical changes in your brain in the direction of your highest good and happiness. Certain learned neural patterns of thinking, however, interfere with these natural impulses.

Toxic thinking is a protective strategy that unnecessarily activates the body's survival response. Though well-meaning, essentially, it's an ineffective way of dealing with painful feelings, such as not feeling “good enough,”...
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Emotional Mastery

The Neuroscience of Changing Toxic Thinking Patterns (1 of 2)

Your brain is wired to produce change, a constant in the brain, as it is in life.

Change involves learning, and all learning generates change in the brain. When you seek to replace a behavior, such as a toxic thinking pattern, your actions produce neurochemical and molecular changes in cells known as neurons.

As messengers, neurons communicate by transmitting electrical signals between them, and these signals are activated by the exchange of chemicals in the synapses.

Your brain and...
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