Last week I went to the movies and as the previews were showing up one that stood out was the new Jurassic Park movie. Consider the dinosaur. It was a masterpiece of design. I mean how could a brain the size of a walnut control a body the size of a giant earth mover? It got me thinking about an old book I read many years ago that is still relevant and it is titled "Dinosaur Brains". The dinosaurs were hatched fully programmed. They knew everything they needed to know; how to stake out a territory, how to handle danger, how to find a mate, and get ahead in the herd. It’s all very primitive and instinctive.
How does all this relate to us as humans. Oh, just hang on, we are getting there.
Over the years, I have worked with many Dinosaur Brains and what psychologists know is that we humans don’t always act like humans.
Why is it that some people at work can be totally calm and sensible one minute and then completely and utterly irrational the next? One minute they are normal and the next they are little better than reptiles.
Have you been around any people like this or have you ever acted that way?
Want to know why? It’s because your Dinosaur Brain is controlling you! You use the reptile response–your primitive thinking pattern instead of the rational part of your brain. Anyone can be a Dinosaur Brain at any time. The Reptile Response happens totally outside of the conscious mind. It’s instinctive. It’s raw. It has no filter.
Listen in for some insights on how to control your dinosaur brain and how to work with Dinosaurs.