In Mitigation of Limiting Deprivation Determinants

8 October 2015

Many studies are emerging which indicate conclusively, the profound influences that early life experiences have on adult wellbeing and success. One of the most notable studies in this regard was published in 2013 by The Centre for Economic Performance which showed that emotional health in the child was far more important for later wellbeing, life satisfaction and success than even education. Other studies have convincingly shown that compromised early childhood emotional health is an important determinant of adult inflammation, heart disease, certain carcinomas as well as several other medical conditions. Clearly then, the formative period (which includes in utero influences) can be regarded as the definitive determinant for the rest of the life path of the individual.

Fortunately all is not lost in the face of this seemingly rigid deterministic heritage. For superimposed upon this heritage is our inherent potential for neuroplasticity – the process whereby redundant neural circuitry is cleared and new connections formed. In this way the brain continues to remould according to new experiences and thereby diminishes limiting beliefs. New connections support learning and ultimately, change. Neuroplasticity appears to be mediated at the neurochemical level by dopamine and noradrenaline. At the neuropsychological level this neurophysiology manifests as mind states of curiosity and awe. Add to this gratitude and respect and you’re well on the way to establishing sustained neuroplasticity-based change. These are also the essential components required amongst others, for enhanced wellness, effective performance and inspiring leadership.

The potential for neuroplasticity would vary however depending upon the early life narrative. In regard to intervention, one assumes adequate intrinsic receptivity in the narrative at the outset. In practice however, degrees of receptivity and potential for neuroplasticity become apparent, thus setting the limits for positive change. Positive change may also be impeded by the inertia created from being embedded in a comfort zone. By this I refer to default behaviours which arise out of a deprivation heritage but which in themselves generate levels of dopamine and adequate, albeit short-lasting, moments of gratification. Examples of these would be substance abuse and addiction, eating disorders and even aspects of schadenfreude – deriving gratification from the misfortune of others (shown to generate increased dopamine activity!). To shift such individuals, the intervention-based alternatives would need to offer higher levels of gratification (and dopamine activity) to be effective and sustaining. Based on our own research and experience we have identified five specific source elements which have been shown to enhance neuroplasticity and which have therefore been incorporated into our neuromodulation approach. These source elements include - meaning and purpose, self-efficacy, reward/recognition gratification, achievement and value contribution.

References

1. http://www.pninet.com/articles/Surge-app.pdf

2. http://www.pninet.com/articles/Neurocoach.pdf

3. http://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/download/dp1245.pdf

4. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19213918

Archive

15 November 2017
Reflections of a mirror

29 October 2017
Dumbing down

26 October 2017
Brain drain

4 September 2017
An authentic lead

30 August 2017
Pop

23 August 2017
Respect begins at home

16 July 2017
An awe-full story

3 July 2017
Mushroom soup

2 June 2017
Relativity, relatives and other relationships

29 May 2017
Inflamed and smoked

25 May 2017
An Ode to my Mentor

10 May 2017
Counter-evolutionary

27 April 2017
Inspire

16 April 2017
Lost in an expert fog

12 April 2017
Don't be short-changed

30 March 2017
A brAIve New World

15 March 2017
The problem with Gus

12 March 2017
United in Energy

5 March 2017
Transcending emotions

25 February 2017
In the blink of an eye

25 February 2017
The real story about emotions

27 January 2017
Meditation Re-visited

21 January 2017
As a light to a flame

31 December 2016
Drowning in snake oil

24 December 2016
In the glow of an aura

19 December 2016
Mindfully yours

14 December 2016
Time to transcend the Flat Earth Society

4 December 2016
Prejudice and other violations

20 November 2016
Lighting up the Abyss

12 November 2016
Embrace the Zeitgeist and Transcend

9 November 2016
A Curious Life

8 October 2016
Perhaps we ought to read the stars?

3 October 2016
The Lethal Cocktail of Fear with an Existential Crisis

22 September 2016
The truth about truth

27 August 2016
Conscious Integration

21 August 2016
The Toxicity of the Social Media

3 August 2016
Time to Integrate

24 July 2016
I Believe ...

16 June 2016
Crime, punishment and the brain

4 June 2016
The Essence of Effective Leadership

22 May 2016
Engage with the Eloquence of Neuromodulation

15 May 2016
Peer Reviewed Publications: A Trust Issue

28 April 2016
A Cathartic Therapeutic Moment

11 March 2016
Gateway to Consciousness

16 December 2015
Profile of Hatred and Cruelty

9 November 2015
Drivers of Success and Effective Leadership

2 November 2015
A Two-Point Solution

20 October 2015
All Black Rugby: The Eloquence of Applied Neuroscience

20 September 2015
Lamenting our intellectual malaise

13 August 2015
Respectful Intervention

25 July 2015
The Creative Leadership Zone

16 May 2015
Coaching to Pleasure

6 May 2015
Glowing the Void - Thoughts under a May Full Moon

1 April 2015
Context and Integration

7 February 2015
Add some Awe and become Awesome

11 January 2015
Effective Intervention

3 January 2015
The re-emergence of the right hemisphere

26 November 2014
Where is consciousness?

11 May 2014
A Strong Determinism

15 February 2014
The Physiology of Mindfulness

16 August 2013
The Triple Wheel Combination Model of Value-based Leadership

1 June 2013
Authenticity and Leadership

13 January 2013
The Neurobiology of Empathy

29 November 2012
Neuroplasticity

8 June 2012
The brain as a deterministic blueprint

21 April 2012
That 'Aha' Moment

17 April 2011
Rewarding Value

28 December 2010
The Dangers of Cyber-space

27 November 2010
Enhancing Gratification

23 June 2010
Systemic Degeneration

14 June 2010
Meaning and Purpose

3 June 2010
Medical Challenges