Habit is stronger than reason.—Santayana

Arudimentary understanding of the science of our brain is necessary to understand hijacking. Emotions are rooted in our brains and our biochemistry; they are not simply a matter of the heart. A growing body of research in many disciplines, including neuroscience, psychology, leadership, and medicine, has shed light on the make-up and role of emotions.

Emotional signals originate in the brain and are felt throughout the body.1 Although unknown to us, some of the common language we use actually has a scientific basis. For example, when we talk about a gut reaction, or we say something makes our stomachs turn, or the words are stuck in our throat, or it's a pain in the neck, ...

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