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There are many, many parts your brain. To simplify this model, however, Professor Steve Peters begins by focusing on two (there is a third to follow, but we’re not quite there yet). 

Firstly, your Human brain, which is mainly based in the frontal lobe. This part of the brain is essentially you. This is what makes you, you. This part of the brain will be responsible if you are acting in a patient and considerate manner. It is happy to think things through before acting. It will focus in the long term, asking what will be good for us in the future rather than just right now.

Next up, the Chimp brain. This is mainly based in your Limbic System. Whilst it is a positive that this is the base for your emotions, it does mean that we can often respond in an emotional manner. Sometimes this is ideal as it allows us to demonstrate our passion and our true feelings. Quite simply, however, just think about what is implied when we describe someone as acting ‘emotionally’. It can mean people are getting upset, angry and acting in a fairly extreme manner.

We are responsible for both voices, and it is imperative to learn how to interpret and manage not only our emotions, but the emotions of others in our lives too.

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