From Passing States to Lasting Traits
We all need inner strengths such as resilience, confidence, and feeling cared about to bolster us through life—strengths largely derived from our positive experiences of them. Unfortunately, the brain’s evolved negativity bias, which makes it like Velcro for the bad and Teflon for the good, creates a kind of bottleneck that blocks the conversion of positive mental states into positive neural traits. Unless it’s addressed, this bottleneck limits the benefits of our efforts to heal and grow, including through psychotherapy. This workshop will explore lessons from the neuropsychology of emotional learning for:
- Overcoming the negativity bias
- Promoting key positive experiences that meet our core needs for safety, satisfaction, and connection
- Enriching and absorbing these experiences to install them in neural structure
Rick Hanson, PhD, is a neuropsychologist and New York Times bestselling author. A Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.