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Neuroscience And Positive Emotions

Neuroscience has also shown us that positive emotions tend to enhance the functioning of our prefrontal cortex having, what social psychologist Barbara Fredrickson termed, a “broaden and build” effect. That is, positive emotions help us think more openly, creatively and laterally. With positive emotions we tend to be more open to new ideas. We also tend to think more deeply about issues and see more options. Positive emotions also increase dopamine levels, which are important for interest in things and learning. Conversely, negative emotions limit the functioning of our prefrontal cortex, narrowing our thinking and limiting our interpretation of events. Negative emotions tend to
diminish our cognitive resources. Thus, we can become biased in our views, lose our capacity to objectively evaluate situations and conceptualise our best responses to them.

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Marcus van Wyk

Marcus is a leading South African and African Speaker, Teacher, Assessor, and Author, in the sciences of applied emotional intelligence for leadership, sales, and workplace human development. He is the founder of THE AFRICAN EQ NETWORK, a platform of ideas, training and human assessments dedicated to the advancement of emotional intelligence in Africa, for Africa, for African excellence. Marcus speaks to organizations in Africa with experience in human development and getting ahead in a competitive environment with their greatest assets – their PEOPLE! Invite Marcus to your organization for a fascinating engagement on emotional intelligence.

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