For many years, Richard Boyatzis has explored the impact of coaching on the brain. In his work he has isolated the impact of certain questions to what is known of the Positive Emotional Attractor network (PEA).
Asking questions like “What’s possible?” and “What if you won 50 million dollars?” activates the PEA.
When the Positive Emotional Attractor network is activated, so is the parasympathetic network,
which is the part of the brain responsible for compassion, flow, and thriving.
In contrast, questions that start with Why tend to activate the Negative Emotional Attractor network, or literally “close the mind.”
What changes do you want to make to your questions with the PEA/NEA in mind?
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