Category Archives: amygdala

Brainpowered Tools to Disagree

eweber   November 15, 2015   25 Comments

Conflict grows perilous for those who lack brainpowered tools, yet disagreement’s add linchpins of growth for those equipped with sharp mental tactics.  Watch warfare erupt in your circles and you’ll likely see 1 of 10 instigators: 1. Angry folks show few skills to tame their amygdala. 2. Stubborn people often… Read more »

Transform Sarcasm into Humor with Mental Muscle

eweber   September 15, 2015   2 Comments

Imagine a learning and leading circle not handcuffed to past sarcasms that exclude some, but freed with humor that benefits all! Build mental muscle that transforms sarcasm into humor that fosters learning and raises IQ for many! People who enjoy sarcasm defend its harsh, bitter derision as mere irony and… Read more »

Your Brain on Courage

eweber   February 3, 2014   No Comments

To kindle new ideas takes circles of trust. Teams that consciously cultivate trust, open spaces for new ideas. The iPod’s inception, for instance, started with an innovative idea that Steve Jobs’ team kindled into revolutionized communication. Similarly, Fast Company’s awesome design moments unveiled original ideas that emerged from committed teams. Passionate communities, such as Apple and Fast Company, differ mentally from typical workplaces, just as brains of genius inventors vary from minds of complacent masses. How so? The brain’s hippocampus releases a shot of dopamine the brain chemical for kindling novelty.

Simple Questions Lead from Fear to Freedom

eweber   November 9, 2013   31 Comments

Fear feels like a natural response to facts brandished about without any ability to respond. If you ask a simple – What if … question though,  fear moves into freedom that innovative change-agents enjoy! A mental barrier to freedom, fear of failure’s understandable when you think about it. Salacious front-liners … Read more »

#4 of 25 Writer Brain Boosters

eweber   May 26, 2013   No Comments

4. Pardon or Pity? – Venting creates new neuron pathways for more blame  or gridlocks. Forgive by writing opposite of a vent. Check out how your amygdala impacts forgiveness – and guides you to write its opposite. Check out this New York Times story at to see how forgiveness moves… Read more »

#3 of 25 Writer Brain Boosters

eweber   May 25, 2013   No Comments

3. Run from  Rants.   Negative emotions fade when dangerous cortisol chemicals decrease before you write. Take a few minutes to tame your amygdala – which is the brain’s emotional storehouse. How so? Share traits of one leader you admire who faced similar situations. Why not write about a problem… Read more »

Compelling Counterpoints or Gridlocks

eweber   January 23, 2013   No Comments

Yesterday a retired teacher told me how he loved teaching history – especially lessons on the civil war and Gettysburg Battles. Now that he’s retired, Jake shared he enjoyed reenacting history scenes in popular historic parks – where people enjoy revisiting the triumphs of war.

My immediate thought was, “Why have we taught war, but omitted the wonders of robust peace plans?”

A Brain on Forgiveness

eweber   September 17, 2011   53 Comments

Most people have been judged in ways that bring to question their very mission in life. Fewer have found an amygdala’s mental tools to forgive and move on.

Far beyond harsh judgments or words that leave you feeling like slugs on skid row, though, lies an ability to embrace genuine reconciliation. Your brain comes with equipment that segues into peace and recaptures gratitude, hope and joy. It’s rarely easy though and has little to do with showing your side of a story in defense.

10 Brainpowered Wonders in The King’s Speech

eweber   January 26, 2011   6 Comments

1. Trust builds the kind of chemical and electrical circuitry that sparks confidence and intelligence. A lifetime gift!  No wonder The King’s Speech is winning top awards, as it showcases the trust lost in many circles, craved by most and often regal in its healing and growing power when present…. Read more »

Rekindle Brainpower or Spin Wheels?

eweber   November 24, 2010   2 Comments

People ask how they can rekindle brainpower to do something novel. If you’ve slipped into potholes of anger, disappointment, or anxiety lately –  you likely feel the need for a new shot at success. For some it’s a matter of moving beyond ruts and into renewed opportunities. For others it’s… Read more »

Ode to Brainpower in Civil Discourse

eweber   April 2, 2010   No Comments

When people consider civil discourse, usually brain chemicals are far from their minds. While  words communicated with civility, can go only as far as any brain allows, skilled communicators create peace out of chaos. The opposite is also true, and rarely is silence an option for harmony. Any situation in… Read more »

Genius Transparency to Lead Innovation

eweber   March 24, 2010   No Comments

Gridlock feeds ego and shuts out brainpower while transparency fosters innovation and increases trust. The more gridlock we see, the more open exchanges get lost. Have you seen bullies and cynics keep ego alive by banishing transparency through backdoor deals? Flawed leadership, whether called democracy or dictatorship generates  gridlocks that… Read more »

New Neuron Pathways for Innovative Brainpower

eweber   January 1, 2010   8 Comments

The human brain comes with unique equipment to  build and sustain new neuron pathways from old habits to new innovations. It’s really about moving from STUCK to UNSTUCK!  (Can you identify with this video?) When mentoring leads to mind-guiding then we both teach new neuron paths and learn them from… Read more »