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How our brains process information

Our brains process information in two ways:

  • Fast: Our fast brain is highly efficient, and makes decisions automatically by focusing on a few details it finds important, based on past experience.
  • Slow: Our slow brain uses control processing to make decisions, and takes into account more information.

Our brains spend most of their time in fast mode. However, we should avoid relying on our fast brain when we are in a new situation or when we are under stress.

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Most of us are unable to do our best thinking when we're under stress at work. The problem is, it is often the time when we need to be at our best.

Even though we can't make stress go away, understanding how our brain is wired can help us to make better decisions.

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How to counteract your fast brain

  • Pay attention: Your brain will default to making fast decisions, not accurate ones.ย 
  • Take some deep breaths.ย It will help you calm your nervous system.
  • Be curious. Ask yourself what story...

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The thinking problem

Our brains must make sense of the confusing world around us by processing a never-ending stream of information. Ideally, our brains would analyze everything thoroughly. However, they cannot, because it is too impractical.

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