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Feb 2013 talk to SAGE, Fort Lauderdale, "Are you holding your breath? How we regulate whether we are calm or anxious. "

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Transcript of Feb 2013 talk to SAGE, Fort Lauderdale, "Are you holding your breath? How we regulate whether we are calm or anxious. "

1. 2. 3. 4. How do you get to Carneige Hall? Practice, practice, practice! The Twittering Machine - Paul Klee Are you holding your breath? How we regulate whether we are calm or anxious.

Deric Bownds, SAGE Lunch and Learn, Feb. 2, 2013

Google "Bownds" to find a longer web version of this talk at http://dericbownds.net or at http://mindblog.dericbownds.net
or go to http://tinyurl.com/bcoupmf
to view the slides today Working with the downstairs:


-for starters, just notice it

-are you breathing?

-how are you breathing?

(Other factors mentioned in
longer talk:
-sympathetic/parasympathetic
-insula
-HPA axis
-immunity/inflammation
Being delusional can work!
(biased self construal)

-positive self delusion

-the optimism bias

-psychological immune
system

-psychological neoteny

-power/helplessness

-importance to group Seeing it straight can work...
(less biased self construal)

-the 200 msec watcher

-noticing versus being

-3rd versus 1st person

-immersion versus distance Chillout or freakout? Downstairs/Upstairs Multiple, or Mini-minds

Chicken or egg? Upstairs Upstairs Upstairs Downstairs Downstairs Downstairs + + - - + - 0 50-100 200 300 400 500 milliseconds onset of sensory
stimulus or thought automatic processing
of elemental aspects
of stimulus unconscious editing
by self system Normally unconscious processing
that can be observed by expanding
awareness to earlier times. normal self conscious experience Meditation increases cortical
folding, gyrification, particularly
in the insula, a hub for internal
autonomic, affective, and cognitive
integration OUR BRAIN:
-BASEMENT
-DOWNSTAIRS
-UPSTAIRS What runs our show?

BASEMENT (brain stem) - RAPID

DOWNSTAIRS (middle brain) - RAPID

UPSTAIRS (neo-cortex) - SLOWER Downstairs Control of our machinery:

sympathetic: arousal, energy spending,
right side of brain and body

parasympathetic NS, calm, energy saving,
left side of brain and body Upstairs (the "I" )
control:

-the beasts within

-which "I" is running
the show? Upstairs Upstairs Upstairs Downstairs Downstairs Downstairs + + - - + - Working with the downstairs:

-for starters, just notice it

-are you breathing?

-how are you breathing? Working with the upstairs to
chill out the downstairs.

Being delusional can work!
(biased self construal)

-positive self delusion

-the optimism bias

-psychological immune
system

-psychological neoteny

-power/helplessness

-importance to group WHY DOESN'T WHAT WE KNOW CHANGE US?? How do you get to Carneige Hall? Practice, practice, practice! Seeing it straight can work...
(less biased self construal)

-the 200 msec watcher

-noticing versus being

-3rd versus 1st person

-immersion versus distance Downstairs -> Upstairs:

-are you breathing?

-sympathetic/parasympathetic

-insula

-HPA axis

-immunity/inflammation Upstairs -> Downstairs:
metacognition

1. biased self construal:

-positive self delusion

-the optimism bias

-psychological immune
system

-psychological neoteny

-power/helplessness

-importance to group 2. less biased self construal:

-the 200 msec watcher

-3rd versus 1st person,

-seeing versus being

-immersion versus distance The balance of stress and calm - regulators IV. This fourth chunk of the talk is another list - categories that emerged from my scan of MindBlog posts, different classes of regulators of calm and stress - regulators that might be at least partially accessible to voluntary awareness and control. Part A deals with the downstairs structures mentioned in parts I and II of the talk. Part B continues with the upstairs selves mentioned in part III. Working with the upstairs to
chill out the downstairs.
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