Have you ever wondered why feeling as if we don’t belong is one of the most painful things we experience as humans?
Thanks to the functional MRI, we now know that feeling left out actually stimulates the very same parts of our brain that physical pain does, like when we burn our hand on a hot stove.
Researchers have also discovered some of the neurobiological underpinnings of what creates safety, belonging, and mattering for us. They use the acronym SCARF to capture these key elements that are so important to our left hemispheres: Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness, and Fairness. When we experience these things, we experience reward and pleasure; when these things are absent, we experience threat and pain.
All of this has enormous implications for what happens in our brains when we’re in groups, especially when we and others form, dissolve, and reform relationships and alliances that sometimes do and sometimes don’t include us.
Join Sarah on Tuesday, November 28 to explore the interpersonal neurobiology of mattering, belonging, groups, and power, and discover how we can create groups that foster mutual empathy, connection and understanding.
We will conduct this webinar using the Zoom webinar techonology so that you will be able to see my screen with me rather than having to download slides, although that will still be possible for those of you who enjoy seeing the notes section of the slides where the research is quoted.
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