January 2015 Newsletter
What is the limbic system and how does it work?

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When: May 14-17, 2015
Where: Palo Alto, California
Investment: $1,880 (early bird)
                       $2,380 (after 3/5/2015)

When: April 9-12, 2015
Where: Munich, Germany

Training Language: German
1,750 (early bird)
                        €1,950 (after 1/29/2015)

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The limbic system's main functions include motivation, emotion, learning, and long-term memory. However, as I described in an email in December, in order to successfully change in a desired way and deal with emotions and memories, we need to use the "correct language" when addressing the limbic system.

Our nervous system is constantly receiving sensory input through our senses (touch, smell, hearing, seeing, etc.), and our limbic system immediately emotionally validates that incoming information. Basically, it checks its "archives" to see if there has been a similar experience in the past and what the learned response should be:

  • "feels like X, therefore do reaction A”
  • “looks/sounds/smells/tastes like Y, need to respond with reaction B”
  • “resembles Z, best reaction therefore is C"

This response is lightning-fast as our ancestors’ survival depended on their capability to immediately respond to external information that was possibly life threatening. And, like it or not, our brain hasn’t changed too much over the past 10,000 years and works by the same mechanisms as our ancestors’ brains did.

Our typical coaching approach of talking about these emotions and applying rationale and logic to them will typically not change much, since our limbic system doesn't "hear" the logic. It is solely focused on emotional experiences and what exactly triggers them. In order to overcome blocks or change behaviors in the desired way, we need to approach the limbic system in a "language" that it understands, which is bilateral stimulation.

Find out more about the Limbic Coaching method.

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Sylvia Kurpanek is the creator of Limbic Coaching. She is a professional personal and executive coach and the founder of the Palo Alto Institute for Systemic Coaching in Palo Alto, California.

An organizational psychologist and certified Systemic Coach, Sylvia is trained in a variety of other highly effective and well-proven coaching techniques. By combining the most successful

coaching methods with her own experience of coaching top performers, Sylvia has developed Limbic Coaching to help clients use their minds to work for, rather than against, their best interests. She teaches her coaching certification classes worldwide. You can find her full bio here.