• Adam Tarnow

Something Is Controlling Your 🧠

I was a freshman or sophomore in high school. It was a random day in the middle of the school year. I was sitting in science class.

My teacher was in a strange mood that day. She was unusually sarcastic, and for some reason, she started picking on one of my friends. She was making fun of him and giving him a hard time.

I didn't like the way she was treating my friend. The longer I sat there, the faster my heart started beating. Anger was beginning to build inside of me.

Finally, I had enough. In what felt like an out-of-body experience, I stood up. I looked my teacher straight in the eye and told her that the way she was treating my classmate was total bullsh*t and she needed to stop.

I don't know who was more shocked. Me, my friend, my teacher, or the other twenty-five students in the class.

In many ways, this behavior was uncharacteristic. I had never acted this way in school. It felt like I had no control. It felt like there was someone else controlling my brain.

I know something now that I didn't know then. There's an explanation for what happened that day. Come to find out, there was "something" controlling my brain.

This "something" controlling my brain is common. Have you ever:

  • Said something in the heat of the moment that you later regret?

  • Done something in the heat of a moment that you later regret?

  • Sat in a meeting at work and suddenly find your heart racing and anger building?

  • Have you witnessed someone completely "lose it" while at work?

If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, then you've experienced this "something" too. Unfortunately, this "something" doesn't just cause embarrassing behavior; it can limit your ability to lead and impact others.

So, do you want to know how my teacher reacted? Then you need to listen to the next episode of Here's What I'm Seeing.

This week, we discuss stress, the Panic Monster, and you. We unpack this "something" that happens in the brain when we face stressful situations and provide simple ways to reduce the potential for embarrassment and harm.



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