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Weekly eZine                               Issue No.786 Dt:30-06-2019

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Emotions, Reasoning and Learning

A patient named Elliot was referred to Dr. Antonio Damasio after others were dumbfounded over his condition. Elliot had been diagnosed with a brain tumor. As the tumor grew in his brain, it put enormous pressure on both frontal lobes. The tumor (which was the size of a small orange) and some surrounding damaged tissues were removed. By the time Elliot reached Damasio, he had experienced a radical personality change. He went from a successful business person, with a happy and stable family life, to a person who could not hold a job and had to be in the custody of a sibling. Elliot was unable to live appropriately in a community because he now lacked social intelligence.

When Elliot returned from the hospital people did not recognize him. He could not follow a schedule, motivate himself enough to get dressed in the morning, and was incapable of making the most basic of decisions. For instance, he would spend an entire afternoon at work deciding whether to classify a group of data by date or place. He lost his job and entered risky business ventures and eventually ended up bankrupt. His marriage ended in divorce, to which he quickly married and divorced again. He became dependent on his social security disability check to survive. Damasio describes his observations,

"The machinery for his decision making was so flawed that he could no longer be an effective social being. In spite of being confronted with the disastrous results of his decisions, he did not learn from his mistakes. . . . In some respects Elliot was new Phineas Gage, fallen from social grace, unable to reason and decide in ways conducive to
the maintenance and betterment of himself and his family, no longer capable of succeeding as an independent human being."

On "intelligence" and personality tests, Elliot seemed like a normal, well-adjusted person, but something was obviously not working. After observing Elliot tell his tragic story without feeling anything, Damasio started concentrating on Elliot's emotional well-being. Damasio began to take note that Elliot always seemed to be detached from his feelings. Everything Elliot did was on the same monotone level: "I never saw a tinge of emotion in my many hours of conversation with him: no sadness, no impatience, no frustration with my incessant and repetitious questioning" . An experiment by Daniel Tranel showing Elliot disturbing pictures of injured people, natural disasters, and complete destruction of communities elicited no emotional reaction in Elliot. The most insightful part of this experience was Elliot's own realization that his feelings had changed. He noted that before the surgery he would have reacted differently, but now he felt nothing. Damasio explains how much this affects life,

"Try to imagine it. Try to imagine not feeling pleasure when you contemplate a painting you love or hear a favorite piece of music. Try to imagine yourself forever robbed of that possibility and yet aware of the intellectual contents of the visual or musical stimulus, and also aware that once it did give you pleasure. We might summarize Elliot's predicament as to know but not to feel." This excerpt taken from "Emotions and Social Intelligence: Jane Braaten and Antonio Damasio" by Kaaren Williamsen, Gustavus Adolphus College, March 1995.

Have you ever wondered just why we have emotions? Indeed our emotions tell the world who we are, describe our essence as human beings, and are the medium through which we engage our outer world. But what are they actually for? The above described case of Elliot perhaps provides us with a scientific rational for our emotions. We, as Elliot once
did, use our emotions to make rational decisions. Now that almost sounds contradictory, but it is true. Obviously, as we experience the world, we experience it, with our entire being. Our brain, if you will, recording millions of emotional snapshots as we go through life. And these emotional memories provide us an ever changing reference as to how we feel about events we encounter through the moments of our lives. We then carry these emotional learnings to each and every decision we are confronted with, and by combining fact with feeling, we decide. Elliot's inability to decide is related directly to his inability to feel emotion.

We have long approached learning with the idea that we are simply collecting facts and ideas and committing them to memory. This is only partially true. Actually as we learn, we mesh newly-acquired facts and ideas, with our past emotionally- charged experiences. Everything we learn and all that we commit to memory carries with it an emotional
component and changes our perception of the world.

It is no mystery that we learn best when we are motivated to learn, indeed learning and emotion are inseparable. It has been demonstrated that high levels of positive emotion place us in the best position to learn. Conversely when we are under stressful conditions we learn poorly. It is essential that this new paradigm be carried into our classrooms.


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Where were you when the Twin Towers collapsed, or when the Challenger Space craft exploded? Can you remember receiving your high school diploma, your first kiss? Emotions have a profound impact on our memory and learning, and increasing usage of terms like "emotional intelligence" demonstrates a growing awareness of the important role that emotions play in one's successful negotiation throughout life. However, throughout history, emotions in the classroom have been strict taboo, and yet most teachers today would agree that students participate in class and learn best when they feel good about themselves and their lives. Nearly every aspect of our lives is influenced by the emotional state we experience at that moment - a response based on past experience, yet nobody understands precisely what is involved in the relationship between emotions and learning. We know a lot about the brain structures that underlie learning and memory, and those that regulate our emotions, but how do emotions actually influence learning? Can we enhance learning and memory by activating the brain circuits that stimulate positive emotions? How do we maintain positive emotions and ensure we block out negative ones? What is the best environment to nurture positive emotion? What are the cost benefits for schools? What are the physical influences on emotions, such as sleep, nutrition and exercise? And, whom do we focus on: peers, parents and teachers, or on children themselves?

 

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Quotes of the Week


“Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don’t live in the world all of your own.” — Albert Schweitzer

“If you become a helper of hearts, springs of wisdom will flow from your heart.” — Jalal ad-Din Rumi

“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.” — Kofi Annan

“Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child's life and it's like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.” — Gary Smalley

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From the Editor's Desk Quotes of the Week Spiritual Centre Story Time Inspirational Words Time to Smile New Initiatives by Seechange
Spiritual Centre

Love

“Love must grow and embrace more and more within its orbit of expression.”

(C) Shri. Kamlesh D. Patel - President, Shri Ram Chandra Mission - http://www.sahajmarg.org

 

 
Story Time -This Is How You Should Treat Others


A successful businessman named Peter had been invited by the President to come to his house and have breakfast.

On the day of their appointment, Peter dressed in this best and asked one of the company drivers, Dumi, to take him to Mr. Mandela’s home.

To his amazement, his host was waiting for him in the parking area. Peter recalled, I felt both extremely elated and humbled that Mr. Mandela was waiting outside for me.

He warmly greeted the driver and me. He then gestured that we enter the house.
However, in the traditional way of corporate behavior and protocol, the driver retreated quietly and remained in the car.

Mr. Mandela invited me to the breakfast table. Just before we started eating, my host seemed to miss something.

He asked, “Peter, I thought there were two of you? “I responded, “No, sir. I came alone.”

“What about the other gentlemen?” He insisted and I replied, “no, Sir. That one is just a driver. He will wait in the car.”

At that point, Mr. Mandela stood up and went down to where the driver was.

He introduced himself to the driver and asked him to join us for breakfast.

Mr. Mandela then walks to the kitchen and said, “Dumi is joining us for the breakfast. Can we have another plate, please?”

Peter never forgot what Mandela did. And neither did Dumi.

Peter went on to say, “When Leaders learn to see the personalities that lie behind this seemingly humble titles(drivers, guards, servants, and so on) that people in those jobs do not feel just appreciated, they discover, and walk into new horizons of their lives.

They become a great performer at what they do. They find personal fulfillment.

Moral of the Story:

That is the impact Great leaders can have on people. But you don’t have to be a great Leader to care about people.

You just have to make the decision to do it.

Please remember - "Nothing lifts a person like being respected and valued by others."

From the Editor's Desk Quotes of the Week Spiritual Centre Story Time Inspirational Words Time to Smile New Initiatives by Seechange

 

 
Inspirational Words


“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Having kids—the responsibility of rearing good, kind, ethical, responsible human beings—is the biggest job anyone can embark on.” — Maria Shriver

“There is no such thing as a perfect parent so just be a real one.” - Sue Atkins

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” — Charles Swindoll

“Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't.” — Pete Seeger

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” — Margaret Mead

“True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, or art, but in the development of character.” — David O. McKay

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” — Malala Yousafzai


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Time to Smile

Life is Like That

Speeding Again

My new neighbor, Hans, just moved to the states from Norway and was arrested for speeding... driving 66 miles an hour in a 50 mph zone. However, he explained to the officer, "I saw a big sign with 66 on it."

"That's highway 66," the officer said disgustedly.

Hans replied, "You should have seen me yesterday on Highway 110!"


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