(Continued…)An understanding of the role of these primitive emotional systems provides a basic knowledge regarding the origination of our behaviors. This also explains why healthy emotional development depends on the healthy and supportive influence of those who provide our care and supervision. Plutach it appears was correct when he said “frequent fits of anger produce a in a soul a propensity to be angry”. The ancient emotional circuits of the brain over time can become sensitized or hyper-responsive, and less responsive to control of our conscious thoughts. The point is that thoughts are not always stronger than affects.
At the heart of this notion is that the brain circuits that lie below our rational brain areas provide the foundation for our “primary” experience. The motivations and emotions that shape our lives and influence our behavior and mold our relationships originate in these areas. The more rational areas of our brains play an important, although secondary role in shaping the innate textures of our everyday mental experience. It is the interplay of these subcortical systems with the higher brain areas is an essential aspect of our humanity.
What this means for parents is these neocortical functions are apparently substantially programmed by our lower mind as influenced by our early rearing and experiences and lead to blessed lives or ones full of misery.
What this means for managers is they need to win the trust and respect of employees. Employees should feel that managers will help them with their work related problems, and managers should be confident that employees will meet their responsibilities. For parents and for managers the implicit social contract that is built into our nature is based on a system of mutual care and respect.