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Coaching for Resilience by Adrienne Green, John Humphrey

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02

The science bit

How the brain works

If you cut open the human brain you will find that it looks just like this...

Ok, perhaps it doesn’t look exactly like this with the major areas helpfully labelled. Obviously this is just a model of the brain, and what follows is a very simplistic outline of an extremely complex process. This is what happens in the brain from the moment a person experiences something in their world to their reaction to what is going on. We’ll describe the process in a general way and then link the process to stress.

First there’s the sensory thalamus that detects everything you experience through your senses – sight, hearing, ...

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