How To Unleash Your Brain Power-Tool #1: “Our Brains Are Designed to Directly Connect To The Brains of Other People”

I recently explored the ability of the brain to stay “fit” and avoid the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive losses through Dr. Michael Merzenich’s “Brain Fitness Program.” According to revered international author, science journalist, PhD, Dr. of Psychology Daniel Goleman as interpreted by Gina Stepp author of familymatters.vision.org:

“People who are good at maintaining important relationships in their lives have always instinctively known what researchers are now discovering: good relationships are crucial to our health and well-being”

Dr. Goleman posits the following about the new field of Social Neuroscience: “Our interactions with anybody are a two way street where one person’s brain is setting the other person’s brain in any of a thousand emotional states.” Our brains are built to connect in ways we have never realized in the past. The “chatter” between brains is the basis for love, rapport, and the basis for interaction between people.

The health implications are monumental. According to Goleman, our interactions with people and the connections we make begin to add up over time. This accumulation effects our health depending upon the types of relationships we foster. Relationships that add stress to our lives or are contentious at best are a drain and negative force which undermines our health. Conversely solid, loving, friendships bolster our health and physical well being.

In the fantastic article “Wired to Connect” at familymatters.vision.org Dr. Goleman’s concepts are highlighted in the following video:

For more information on Dr. Goleman’s concepts go to his blog at http://danielgoleman.info/blog or buy his book “Social Intelligence.”

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5 thoughts on “How To Unleash Your Brain Power-Tool #1: “Our Brains Are Designed to Directly Connect To The Brains of Other People”

  1. Hello Dean, your blog is really interesting, great job–I’m glad I found it. I’m a fan of Dr. Goleman too as you can tell from the post you linked to on my blog, Family Matters. In fact, I’m immensely flattered that you attributed my words to Dr. Goleman, but I fear for accuracy’s sake I should confess those are my words in the quote: “People who are good at maintaining important relationships in their lives have always instinctively known what researchers are now discovering: good relationships are crucial to our health and well-being.” It was a lead-in to introducing his concepts, of course, so technically I don’t think he’d have any argument with them, but I just thought I should mention it so he wouldn’t think I’m putting words in his mouth. 🙂 Thanks for linking to me, and all the best–I’ll look forward to seeing more of your posts in future~

    Gina

  2. Gina,

    I am beyond flattered! What a wonderful kind gesture on your part to comment on my blog and my link to your wonderful article. I don’t think the good doctor would mind a little “license” on our part.

    I really am looking forward to learning more about your blog and writing. I am a fan.

    If you have a moment, please check out my new startup company http://innerarchitect.com. I am partnered with author Susan Hanshaw on the new frontier of personal development where science (quantum physics) and spirituality converge.

    Thank you again and please visit again!

    dean

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