As we’re sure you can tell from the simplicity of this post, we’re not experts in this field at all! Despite our lack of knowledge, we’re interested in brain anatomy basics.
While there is absolutely no need to understand neuro-science to be effective in your career (unless you’re a doctor!), a basic understanding of where our thoughts and emotions come from may help individuals improve their emotional intelligence, respond to and manage their emotions, empathize and work well with with others and respond well in difficult, emotional situations.
The key take away points regarding the anatomy of the brain are that we have two main areas that affect our thinking. The limbic part of our brain supports our emotional thought processes, while the neo-cortex supports our more rational, calculated and planned efforts at thinking.
In many instances we strive to use the more rational tools that we have, but this often isn’t easy as the more emotional side of our brain often has more power over how we think and act than we might like.
There is one last thing we’d like to say on this though, which is that our collective understanding of the brain continues to evolve rapidly. Things that we knew a few years ago, we now know to be untrue, and vice versa. And this holds not just for the human brain, but also for animal brains.