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Theories are patterns without value. What counts is action.

Constantin Brancusi

How does our brain work?

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From the bottom up, regulation or dysregulation of the nervous system impacts our emotions and thoughts. 

Ascending mechanisms are involuntary, most often unconscious, and refer to the physical effects of environmental stimuli on the body. The approach to this informational flow focuses on the body, senses and instinctive responses as they are processed in the brainstem and then ascend to the cortical area of the brain. 

Cognition influences the emotional and instinctual system. 

Downstream flows can be voluntary, conscious, and refer to how memory, relevance, emotion, attention, and imagination influence perception. The top-down approach targets the cortical functions of cognition. Our thoughts, reasoning, judgments and identity influence how we feel and the ability of the nervous system to self-regulate. 

Between the cognitive, emotional and instinctual structures there is a continuous exchange of information. 

Brainstem (reptilian brain)

Senses, Perception of the body

Limbic System (mammal brain)

Affective life, Emotions

Neocortex (human brain)

Meaning, Beliefs, Reasoning, Identity, Inner Dialogue

Why does Coaching work?


It acts on the downstream flow increasing adaptability, creativity and resources by:

  • Exploring personal identity and values

  • Dissociating from self-images based on shame and prejudice 

  • Reducing negative inner dialogue (self-sabotage)

  • Re-awareness  of own needs and capabilities

  • Establishing clear objectives and taking action

  • Rediscovering a state of presence and vitality

If you want us to explore and build a transformational journey together for you and your team, let's talk!

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