Managing one’s self-regulation can be difficult and frustrating when trying to pay attention, stabilizing emotions and demonstrating appropriate social skills. These symptoms correlate with a miscommunication with how the brain transmits information.

It is not about a character flaw and it is not about intelligence. It’s challenging for everyone especially when it’s hard to pay attention, stay organized or control impulses. Healthy thoughts, emotions and behavior are up to the efficiency of the “Brain Manager”.

The frontal lobe located right behind the forehead is the executive region of the brain dedicated to coordinating all the other parts of the brain. It’s known as the “manager” of the brain, because it “is in charge of” various tasks.

Necessary tasks in life are required to be successful. These tasks involve being attentive, planning, organizing, inhibiting, controlling our emotional responses, considering consequences, and contemplating alternative meanings of information and courses of action. 

The brain may go “off line” when presented with a non-stimulating but necessary task or overreact with strong emotions but unable to initiate or motivate with appropriate behavior.  What’s happening to the manager?

When the manager drifts off task, the brain runs less efficiently because the executive functioning is impaired. Undesirable behavior will follow including lack of focus, poor social skills and difficulty managing moods. When the manager is on the job, everything runs more smoothly. Behavior improves with increased success and happiness.

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