Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD

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Despite a valiant ( and somewhat unexpected ) performance against Floyd Mayweather Jr. — widely recognized as one of the finest pugilists of all time — Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor was unable to shock the world in his “Money Fight” last Saturday night (Aug. 26, 2017) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Notorious” was stopped by way of tenth-round technical knockout ( watch it ).

Following their boxing match, Hall-of-Fame referee  Robert Byrd came under fire  for what appeared to be a premature stoppage, likely because a wobbly McGregor, despite taking heavy damage, was still on his feet when the bout was called.
I guess people forgot about  this .

But McGregor’s assessment of the finish, which  he attributed to fatigue  after nearly 30 minutes of boxing, may be incorrect. That’s according to former ringside physician Darragh O’Carroll, MD, who praised Byrd for putting the brain before the brawn.

In a contest where the object is to give your opponent a traumatic brain injury before he gives you one, this should come as no surprise. However, to find out more, CLICK HERE.  
Growing up was not just like turning a light switch. Instead, it was gradual and required persistence on every front.
It’s hard to write an article so much focused on the support and help that I received in life, and the results of that help and support, and at the same time focus us all towards how to help people with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) more. To start off with, I’ve had two Traumatic Brain Injuries: one at age 6 and one at age 18, and both with life-altering results. But at the same time, and somehow, people never stopped fighting for me. And now it’s my turn to return the favor.

My reason for writing this article is that young people with TBI and older adults with TBI really have hope. The brain heals in ways that are remarkable over time, and things are restored even if in ways different than entirely expected. But I want to emphasize here that it is so important not to  ever give up . This is true for folks who have had Traumatic Brain Injuries, for the supportive people around them, and even for all the institutions that are involved going forward. I stand here today saying to all these people - you should never give up hope.

Read this inspiring article of hope. CLICK HERE. 
In his highly respected Harvard Business Review article “What Makes a Leader,” psychologist Daniel Goleman  defines self-awareness  as “having a deep understanding of one’s own emotions, strengths, weaknesses, needs, and drives,” as well as their effects on others.

Goleman identifies self-awareness as one of five components of  emotional intelligence , a set of skills which, he argues, distinguishes great leaders from good leaders.

“Without [emotional intelligence], a person can have the best training in the world, an incisive, analytical mind, and an endless supply of smart ideas, but he still won’t make a great leader,” Goleman writes.

Why is self-awareness so important?

The answer may seem simple, but it’s also quite powerful:

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What is your emotional fingerprint? 

Why are some people so quick to recover from setbacks? Why are some so attuned to others that they seem psychic? Why are some people always up and others always down? In his thirty-year quest to answer these questions, pioneering neuroscientist Richard J. Davidson discovered that each of us has an Emotional Style, composed of Resilience, Outlook, Social Intuition, Self-Awareness, Sensitivity to Context, and Attention. Where we fall on these six continuums determines our own “emotional fingerprint.” 

Sharing Dr. Davidson’s fascinating case histories and experiments, The Emotional Life of Your Brain offers a new model for treating conditions like autism and depression as it empowers us all to better understand ourselves—and live more meaningful lives.
For The Book,  CLICK HERE.

To Check out Dr. Davidson's video lecture on the Emotional Live of Your Brain,

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"Public Health is the constant redefining of what is unacceptable.

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We are very excited to provide you an update on all that's been going on at the Brain Injury Association of Maryland and events happening in the near future!   
The Sinai Rehabilitation Center one-day course brings together an interdisciplinary team of presenters who have developed strategies to address the psychological and psychiatric needs of this complex patient population. Attendees will be guided by expert tips and knowledge to maximize treatment, improve outcomes, and facilitate patients’ successful return to their prior levels of function.

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