Understanding The Brain Part 2: Personality, Decision Making and the Frontal Lobe
Did you have cereal for breakfast, or eggs and toast? Did you make any major life decisions, or was your biggest decision today what to watch on tv? What clothes did you choose, or how do you style your hair. All of these decisions come from the biggest part of your brain, the frontal lobe. If you think about it, these decisions (big and small) make up your personality and how you are seen by others.
The frontal lobe is by far the largest part of your brain, about 40% of its total size. And the largest amount of brain processing takes place here: the decisions you make. If you really think about it, your personality is defined by the decisions you make every day. Do I wear this outfit and blend in, or do I put on an outfit designed to stand out? Do I take center stage in group discussions, or do I sit back and listen? Your personality is defined by every decision you make, and all of that takes place in the frontal lobe. Given how many decisions you make every day, from the mundane to the life changing, the frontal lobe is the one helping you make those decisions and steering your life in certain directions.
Given the location of the frontal lobe, which is the entire front half of your brain, you can see how high the potential for injury can be. If you hit your head or sustain an injury from some other action, it’s usually to the front of your head. This part of the brain gets rocked a lot. If you really think about it, when you contemplate the bad decisions you see others make and wonder how they could do that, ask yourself if that persona may have sustained some frontal head injury in the past. Often injuries to the frontal lobe can have some kind of long-term effect on decision making skills and influence irrational or impulsive decisions that results in negative consequences.
Neurofeedback is an exceptionally effective way to treat injuries to the frontal lobe. That is because it can train this section of the brain directly. Using sensors attached to the frontal lobe of the brain, neurofeedback can monitor brainwave patterns and help guide them back into normal, healthy patterns. No other brain training method works directly on the areas of the brain like neurofeedback, which is why it can be so effective.
If you or someone you know are having issues related to poor decision making, impulsiveness, or even irrational outbursts or emotion, you should come in and get a non-invasive, 30 minute brain map. In Orlando, this brain map can precisely identify if the frontal lobe of the brain has been impacted. The brain map can also offer a protocol for treatment using neurofeedback.
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