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Over Think

October 07, 2010 Silvia Damiano

Undoubtedly, our brains process many thoughts and bits of information per minute. The question is how long do we ruminate over the same thoughts, or how far we go in allowing certain thoughts to guide our decisions. In a metaphoric sense, how loud is the small bird on our shoulder whispering what we should or should not be doing at a moment in time.  


Last week, I had the incredible opportunity of having my brain studied with an EEG instrument and received some feedback on its functioning. It was a great experience that maybe everybody should undertake to understand themselves better.

Even though confidential, I want to share one thing about my “own brain”. I was told that my pattern is to over think (my curve was higher than the average), even though at an intuitive level, I perceive the information much faster (which I kind of knew… intuitively).

The challenge for me is to refrain from going over and over the thoughts that a certain situation/event may originate. What a valuable piece of information this is… It is there, in the brain, I definitely have to stop myself and pay more attention to those moments if I want to have a particular outcome in terms of emotional self-management.

The studies gave me some other useful insights and even though I have been working in self-awareness for a long time with a variety of assessments and tools, it never ceases to surprise me that there is always something else to learn and discover. By the way, to see your own brain on a report with a number of lines, colours and shades is such a cool thing!!!

Coincidentally, this morning, as I was about to start this week’s blog, I received the artwork of a young Fine Arts student, James Seymour. And guess what he named his work? Over-think. Timely entry James and thanks for joining us.

Yesterday, with great joy, I received the announcement of becoming a finalist for this year’s AITD Awards for the work on ‘Engagement’ that I did for a client in the telecommunications industry and for the book “Engage Me” which was part of that program. On October 28th the winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in Melbourne. I will let you know how it goes.

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Silvia Damiano

Silvia Damiano

Scientist, educator, author, speaker, coach, award-winning leadership specialist and filmmaker. Silvia is the Founder & CEO of the About my Brain Institute, creator of the i4 Neuroleader Model & Methodology, author of ‘Leadership is Upside Down’ and director of the 2018 documentary ‘Make Me A Leader’.

Silvia is passionate about leaving a legacy of well-rounded leaders who can act and decide in a way that better serves humanity. Her clients include Microsoft, Australian Stock Exchange, NSW Government, VISA, Fuji Xerox and Manpower amongst many other global companies.

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