Watch as EBT Changes Employee Satisfaction
The field of psychology has been accepted by businesses and has taken on various uses in the office. As emotional and behavioral problems come into play in the workplace, people can choose between psychoanalysis and psychodynamic therapies, which focus on patients learning about themselves to change their troubled thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Various types of talk therapies were developed and introduced into the field, all tied to establishing a therapist-client relationship to effect positive changes. The approach is designed to help people fit into acceptable norms. Individuals sometimes went from one model to another, repeatedly seeking solutions to the same problems.
The introduction of emotional brain training, or EBT, a science-based program in emotional neuroplasticity, will change the field of psychology. Some think a brain cannot change once it has been programmed by life experience. The EBT process proves otherwise.
With 30 years of research to support this scientific process of brain training, Dr. Laurel Mellin, a neuroscience-based associate professor of Family and Community Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, has discovered a proven method to change the wiring in the brain. In her new book, "What's My Number?" Mellin translates 30 years of scientific research into layman's terms to make brain training available to all. "Prior to the 1990s ... stress was low enough that, for most people, the neocortex was in charge." Problems could be solved by thinking, planning and deciding. Today's stress levels are so high that "the brain itself becomes the problem."
Two main wires control the brain: stress-resilient and stress-reactive. The stress-resilient wires are the goal to achieving accurate emotions, reasonable expectations and effective responses. This state of being seems to be achieved by the Dali Lama and Tibetan monks. The brain also stores and recognizes stress-reactive brain wires, which trigger inaccurate emotions, unreasonable expectations and ineffective responses, which cause stress-induced problems in all domains of life.
EBT draws on the observation that varying stress levels put different brain areas in charge -- very low: the neocortex; low: the neocortex/limbic; moderate: the limbic; high: the limbic/reptilian; and very high: the reptilian brain. Each different level of stress requires a different technique to switch off stress-reactive wires and activate stress-resilient ones.
The five areas of stress handle different types of thinking: abstract, concrete, rigid, reactive and irrational. The research shows that all problems are both psychological and biological. The loop between the emotions and the brain has no shut-off valve. If you have ever tried talking to a person in an irrational state of being, you will not get anywhere. That is because the reptilian brain has been activated and cannot switch out of that high level of stress.
So, how does a person in this stress overload level correct this? The EBT process asks the person to recognize the stress number: five. There are techniques for each stress level. A person can use the tools and correct their stress levels, moving to a less stressed state in which all the areas of functioning improve. Actively lowering one's own stress overload from irrational (with the reptilian brain in charge) to a lower stress level can be accomplished once the person masters the EBT process. The goal of the process is to equip everyone with the ability to monitor one's own stress levels throughout the day and actively improve them in real time. EBT benefits small groups and large communities.
Stress is the number one underlying cause for health problems. The key is to recognize one's own stress level, which is easier than one might think. A very low stress level means a person feels great. In low stress, a person feels good. Moderate stress means the person is a little stressed out. The fourth level is definitely stressed, and the fifth level is stressed out. Knowing one's level leads to changing it for the better.
As this method is introduced to the public and schools across America, people in and out of the workforce will be able to step into a new phase of self-reliance and self-control. For more information, see http://EBT.org.
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