Richard Davidson, professor at University of Wisconsin’s book, The Emotional Life of your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way you Think, Feel, and Live–and how You can Change Them suggests that people favor one of six “brain styles.”
• Resilience – speed of recovery from adversity
• Outlook – duration of positive emotion
• Self-awareness – accuracy of decoding internal signals of emotional reactions: heart rate, breathing, sweating, muscle tension
• Context – modulate emotional response tailored to environmental demands, constraints, options
• Attention – ability to focus, modulate emotional stimuli
These categories represent interacting elements that form an integrated cognitive-emotional processing pattern, rather than a discrete “style” as Davidson suggests.
He offers a quick assessment of your “brain style” via these surveys and other resources on his website and related locations.
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-*Which Emotional Style is most prevalent is your work organization?
-*Which Style is more effective in your workplace?