Incident, reaction, response

That moment our reptilian brain kicks in and we are triggered. 

If we notice when this happens, even if it is after the incident, we have the opportunity to learn about the nature of our pain points.

If we can catch ourselves in the early reactivity, then we might be able to change our response. 

At the least to take a breath or two and create some separation between the incident, the reaction and our response.

This is the basics of building emotional intelligence. It is, like any art, a practise, ever approaching mastery, never arriving.

Cultivating the practise of awareness of our reactivity enables us to be better humans, better leaders, better parents. It also means we become more conscious in our choices, rather than be directed by the reptilian reflexive self.

Photo taken December 19th 2018

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About Dr Christine McDougall


For over twenty years, Dr. Christine McDougall has been the go-to confidant for hundreds of intensely driven, successful businessmen, providing them with a safe private space and incisive facilitation that allows them to overcome inner obstacles and accelerate their growth, away from a world that often punishes them for showing any kind of vulnerability or perceived weakness. They see the future of enterprise as self managed and developmental, with a committed transparent social covenant. Their own leadership development is a non negotiable part of their company vision.

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