Episode 85: Dr. Mark McLaughlin – A Brain Surgeon’s Quest to Out-Think Fear

  • 00:42:40
  • December 22, 2020
  • 30,8 MB

Jeremy has a conversation with Dr. Mark McLaughlin about his new book, Cognitive Dominance – A Brain Surgeon’s Quest To Out-Think Fear, in which he explores what happens to our brains when an unexpected event causes fear to overtakes our executive function.

He shares the experience from early in his career when something expected happened post-surgery with a teenager he was treating that affected him profoundly and caused him to leave pediatric neurosurgery for many years until, through writing the book, he developed a new model for sorting these kinds challenges as they arise to be able to make solid quick decisions without fear dominating.

Find out more: https://www.markmclaughlinmd.com

The Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/193689162X

Show Notes

  • 5:30 Why write Mark wrote the book
  • 6:15 Learning to deal with fear
  • 8:20 Holding ourselves to an impossible standard
  • 9:50 What do you do with unexpected events
  • 10:55 Facing our problems, system for processing
  • 13:10 The dream
  • 15:50 Breaking down the dream, metaphor for the brain’s process of fear
  • 18:10 Mapping out fear, understanding the sum of its parts
  • 23:45 Recognizing where you’re in the fear matrix
  • 25:45 We all have to travel though a full range of positive and negative experience
  • 28:20 Risk and Reward
  • 31:55 Adaptability
  • 32:30 Levels of Anxiety
  • 33:20 Silencing you inner underminer
  • 34:25 Concilience - Edward O. Wilson - common thread between humanities and science
  • 35:57 What Mark gained through writing the book
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