Feel Whole | Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

July 15, 2014 2:22 PM

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Feel Whole | Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

When I look back on mistakes I've made -- like dumping my anger on someone, making assumptions in haste, partying too much, losing my nerve, being afraid to speak from my heart -- in all cases a part of me had taken over. You know what I mean. The parts of us that have a partial view, are driven by one aim, clamp down on other parts, really want to have a particular experience or to eat/drink/smoke a particular molecule, yammer away critically, or hold onto resentments toward others.

The mega part -- the big boss -- is of course the inner executive, the decision-maker and driver -- some call it the ego -- centered in neural circuits in the prefrontal cortex, behind your forehead. This part is determined to a fault, running things top down, ignoring bottom-up signals of growing f...

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