Dr. Gene Cohen did a lot of exploration on the brain as it ages. In particular, Cohen explored the brains “amygdala” – which is the part of the brain that processes emotions.
And he wanted to see if young people and old people were similarly able to deal with negative emotions.
So he took a peek at their amygdala – to see how each age group’s amygdala lit up – and how long it stayed lit up.
However there was a big difference when it came to processing negative emotions – like fear, rage and envy. The amygdala wound up lighting up less intensely and for a shorter interval in the older group.
As you get older, you might indeed get wiser – because you might not let things get to you as much or for as long.
As Cohen says: “I think that after 50 there’s a new senior moment—a creative moment, characterized by your inner voice saying, ‘What can they do to me?’”
I gotta say, I personally relate to Cohen’s findings. I’ve found that as I’ve gotten older I don’t get as upset by things.
Plus…maybe it’s because I’ve gained confidence overtime that whatever challenging event happens to me, I have the inner ability to handle it.
After all, I’ve survived 100% of the tough times in my life – and that’s a pretty good track record to have.
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