Brain-Based Coaching Basics: watch videos, change your brain

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Parts of the Brain and What They Do

Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
Another article in the Brain-Based Resources Series

from, Creative Commons

“Hardwired” — out of the box — that’s what we’ve always believed, and with a uniformity of structure and function that neuro-surgeons count on.

But brain surgeons have always known
that’s not all there is to the story.

Did you know that, as far as we know right now, the brain itself has no pain receptors?

At least, once a a surgeon gets through what we usually refer to as “the skull,” the brain itself does not need to be anesthetized.  The patient feels no pain.

That’s a good thing, too, because the surgeon may need the patient to be wide awake for the surgery.


The surgeon knows better than almost anyone that, because no two brains are exactly alike, patient feedback may well be necessary to make sure that areas needed for vital functions don’t get damaged in the process.

They really can’t take much of anything for granted when they are operating on an individual brain. Not only are we all BORN with brains that are uniquely our own, as we grow and learn and experience day-to-day events, our brains change.  Literally — structurally.

Our brains are as unique as our fingerprints: like snowflakes, no two alike!

Watch and Learn

Below are two video-links that will help you get the picture better than any words I could write.

Both will open in a new window or tab (depending on how your browser handles those things), so that you can return to this page easily.  Once you listen to Doige, you may want come back to click a few links at the bottom of this article to learn still more (you DO wanna’ keep your brain young and vital, doncha’?)

1. Click the first image to open a short animation from Nucleus Inc. medical animations, enlightening you in a totally silent two minutes, five seconds, about the parts of the brain and areas of what we refer to as “regulation responsibility.”

For most of us, this represents the brain we were born with — more or less.

2. Click the second image for a longer interview (about 27 minutes) with Dr. Norman Doige.  (This is what I call a “talking head” video, so if you want to listen while you do some mindless chore during the time, you won’t miss much by not staying glued to your computer.)

You will want to learn a bit about what we can DO about that brain of ours to, literally,
alter its structure by what we do . . . and think . .  and imagine . . .  and dream . . . . . . .


Brain-Based Coaching techniques take ADD Coaching to a new level of effectiveness.  Aren’t you curious about it?

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Click the image below to watch “Brain Anatomy and Functions”
in a quick 2 minutes.

Neuroplasticity: The Brain that Changes Itself

The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories Of Personal Triumph
from the Frontiers of Brain Science, by Dr. Norman Doige

Haven’t had time to read the book?

Click the photo of Dr. Norman Doige, below, to watch an interview
that will let you in on what you’ve been missing.
It’s one of the year’s BEST!

Articles in the Brain Based Resources Series
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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

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