Brain

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Jun'17

How your three brains want three different things

We may think of our brain as one single unit that operates our body and mind, but actually it is a little bit more complex than that. Evolutionarily, we can trace three major levels of developments that have distinct features, needs, feelings and behaviors. Understanding our brain this way can be very helpful to better understand our own complexities and behaviors. In this article I will give you a simplified but very practical way to think of the three levels of your brain and what they do. Your three different brains Paul McLean, an early (comparative) neuroscientist developed his Tri-une brain concept to describe how our brain’s evolutionary development can be roughly traced back to three major phases. These developmental phases resulted in three distinct levels: the reptilian level, the mammalian level and the primate level. Although in modern neuroscience …

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04

Apr'17

Startup trauma: when the rollercoaster goes too fast

I love the startup community. Like many I enjoy the taste of energy you get when you work with startup entrepreneurs. Being around them makes me feel inspired and hopeful about all the amazing creations that are waiting to emerge from their potential. This bright and optimistic side is contagious and happily shared through the many startup hubs, events and media. But there is also a darker side to the startup world that isn’t talked about all that much, at least not openly. It’s a side I get to see in my coaching work when I work with startup entrepreneurs. During my conversations with founders of high-potential startups, I have come across a phenomena I started calling ‘startup trauma’. Maybe this sounds a bit heavy to you, but allow me to elaborate.

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