Thinking and Feeling

Lumosity and tools like it exercise the brain in the way it thinks. Think faster. Think more holistically. Like fine-tuning a car engine – it just runs more smoothly when it’s tuned. All of these cognition-specific tools help us think better and of course are pretty useful.

However, we both think and feel. Our brain is very specifically wired to express both. To develop only the one aspect is akin to running a car on only one cylinder. And it invites an unbalanced perception of the world. Tools that assist in managing our emotionality form the second great subset of useful tools available to us.

A couple of things to remember about emotion – it responds quickly. Really quickly. We’ve all seen the flash of instantaneous anger that quickly changes hours of careful collaborative thinking in a team setting. The rest of the team must deal just as quickly with their own emotional responses. Lucid thinking flies out the window – though with practice, only briefly.

A second fundamental aspect of emotion is that it can be managed – and there are any number of good techniques for doing so. And because it is emotion that we’re discussing after all, there has been about as much emotional reaction as rational discussion on the matter – which just goes to show how intensely we feel.

Both cognition and emotion play a significant role in the formation and expression of who we are – which means that both have a significant impact on our relationships with others. Both can be managed to give us more rewarding results from our interactions with those around us – and that’s the bottom line.

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2 thoughts on “Thinking and Feeling

  1. I think you make an excellent point. Being mindful of both cognition as well as emotion can only make us healthier people. Beyond that there are many things to be”mindful” about when it comes to the brain. A really great resource on different brain topics is Mike Merzenich’s blog.
    Merzenich.positscience.com His blog gives discussion to many different nuances when it comes to brain health and I find it to be extremely insightful.

  2. Mike’s blog is a part of the PositScience commercial site mentioned in my previous post and contains a selection of nicely-written ruminations on various aspects of brain fitness.

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