In times of high-stress change and transformation what often hits first is an overwhelming emotion. In this video, learn how to briefly describe the science behind how emotional response outpaces cognitive response.
- Have you ever been sitting in a company announcement or perhaps read an email communication regarding a big change impacting you and your organization? And in that moment, gotten hit with emotion before anything else? I certainly have. I can remember sitting in a boardroom, hearing the news that the business I was in was being acquired by a different company. The first thing that hit me was grief. It was like a punch in the gut. I couldn't breathe. I immediately mourned the loss of a company I had grown to know and love. During significant shift, oftentimes, the first thing we face is emotion, and the science behind this is quite fascinating. Social psychologists have discovered that emotional response to a given stimuli is milliseconds faster than cognitive or thinking response. This is made possible in large part to this tiny almond-shaped bundle of nerve cells called the amygdala, which has found its place in our species for centuries. For a given stimuli, such as perception of an acquisition, losing your job, or getting a new manager, lightning fast electrical signals are blasted and processed through the amygdala inciting emotion. In the dynamic race to thrive during times of change, emotion outpaces cognitive thought. Just like when I was sitting in that boardroom and grief outpaced my thoughts. Grief woke me up. Grief alerted me into my moment of opportunity to thrive, emotion, this highly efficient, energetic resource. When recognized as such can be leveraged to fuel your growth through change. When you embrace emotion as the innate gift that it is, you become enabled to use it as fuel to thrive.