Being Well Podcast: Don’t React
March 5, 2018

On today’s episode of the Being Well Podcast, Dr. Hanson explains why it’s important to respond to challenges from the “green zone” of the brain rather than reacting instinctively from the “red zone.” He then explores the biology behind these two systems, the role of mindfulness in moving from one to the other, and how to combat the brain’s evolved negativity bias.

Timestamps:

  • 0:45: The difference between “responding” and “reacting”
  • 3:05: Responding vs. reacting in practice
  • 6:45: The biology behind responding and reacting
  • 9:10: The negative cycle of reacting
  • 10:20: If reacting is stressful, why do we have that system?
  • 12:40: Mindfulness and our reactions
  • 13:25: What makes people respond rather than react?
  • 16:20: The “quantity” vs. “quality” effect of green and red zone experiences
  • 20:40: The cumulative effect of negative experiences
  • 21:45: How to limit the impact of negative experiences
  • 23:05: The positive spiral of taking in good experiences

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