Following on from the exercises looking at mindfulness, we’re looking at the work of Steve Peters, a highly successful consultant psychiatrist, who works closely with elite athletes to help them maximise their performance using psychological techniques. Watch the video:
Mindfulness is just one tool we can use to look after the chimp and keep her/him calm and relaxed.
Chimp is pretty primitive.
Chimp wants to protect you.
Chimp is driven by basic needs: survival, safety, shelter, food, sex, territory and so on.
Chimp is not rational.
Chimp makes snap decisions.
Chimp cannot be controlled, but can be managed.
When we think ‘these are not feelings I want to have’, it is usually chimp jumping in, before our rational brain has a chance to think and make a sensible, rational decision.
Chimp is 5 times stronger than the rational brain. So, what can we do to manage chimp more effectively? Watch the Video then go climbing and complete the tasks:
Go to Trello and leave some comments about your experience: http://Trello Module 7 – Chimp Discussion
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