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Daniel Goleman

If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.

So the ability to pause and to not act on that first impulse has become a crucial emotional skill in modern lives.

The amygdala in the emotional center sees and hears everything that occurs to us instantaneously and is the trigger point for the fight or flight response.

The emotional brain responds to an event more quickly than the thinking brain

The other thing is that if you rely solely on medication to manage depression or anxiety, for example, you have done nothing to train the mind, so that when you come off the medication, you are just as vulnerable to a relapse as though you had never taken the medication.

When people are feeling very upbeat, energized, happy, optimistic, there is a lot of activity in the left pre-frontal cortex.