Element 4: The CEO of the Brain
Recent studies is developmental psychology have shown that the greatest predictor of success in life is something called “self-regulation”. In simple terms it has to do with your ability to control your emotions, your ability to reason through situations, and your ability to see the long-term over the short term.
Self-regulation has grown out of the understanding that we have gained of the role and value of the front part of the brain: the prefrontal cortex. This is where “executive function” lives. Executive function is what controls us – hence “self-regulation”. It is the “executive”, the CEO, of our beings. And, the better developed and refined it is, the better we are able to function as integrated beings who are capable to living successfully in the world. It means putting off some immediate desires in order to gain better longer-term ones. It means learning not to act purely on an emotion that courses through our body.
How do we get it? How is self-regulation developed? Understanding this will help us to construct learning environments that facilitate its development.
Suffice it to say today that traditional education of young children today is not providing the best kinds of experiences and environments for developing self-regulation. A more careful examination of what is required will come to this space soon.