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Emotional Intelligence for IT Professionals by Emília M. Ludovino

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The primitive brain

The primitive brain, also known as the reptilian brain was the first one to emerge in the evolutionary theory of human beings. It is the oldest part of the brain structure and is responsible for the basic survival functions, such as breathing, heart rate, body temperature, and spatial orientation. It is also known as the reptilian brain because it is similar in architecture to the brainstem of reptiles. Its goal is to make sure we stay alive and reproduce. Because it regulates the survival mode of the human species it cannot be reprogrammed and its survival functions will always take precedence over other brain activity. For instance, when you hold your breath (a prefrontal cortex activity), the primitive brain will take ...

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