What a brain at work can do (with or without our help)
Ah the brain at work! Brains are amazing. But also oh so skilled at focusing attention in ways that can actually mislead us. Not always consciously and not that the thoughts themselves aren’t probably valid. But it’s how we process those thoughts — and how objectively we put them together.
Also, the thing about a brain at work is that thoughts can come with filters that limit the picture. Or old triggers and habitual thought paths that shape our perspective, not always in ways that offer the best solutions.
Brains also can get stuck. On the same thought. Or emotion. Or even the same solution. For example, one thing our brains love to do is think about getting out of an annoying situation — like leaving a job.
And no matter how many good reasons you might find to stay, the urge to leave may return again and again — for some of us daily. Oh that tricky brain at work. So what’s really going on inside our brains?
More on dealing with “brain at work” emotions
The good news is that any brain at work can also help find good solutions. Often the beginning of change is simply awareness … and a curiosity about what else might be possible.
Oh those people around us!
Even if you love your job, the people around you can drive you crazy. Once again, a brain at work really loves to get stuck on a strong emotion or an irksome reaction to a person. Especially one of those annoying coworkers or bosses we all know so well.
I’ve had many coworkers who made me want to go running. And most annoying of all is their matter-of-factness about it all. “Of course I need to talk on the phone all day at the top of my lungs. What’s YOUR problem?”
Some articles to help you find solutions. Or maybe just a little extra sanity.
ALSO: Check out Work–Life Balance
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