A brain fundamentals framework

1:2:4 Model (Dr. Evian Gordon)

1-2-4-model

1: Core Brain Organizing Principle: Minimize Danger and Maximize Reward

2: Modes of Function: NonConscious + Conscious

4: Highly Integrated Key Processes: Emotion, Feeling, Thinking, Self Regulation

The Brain Seeks SAFETY

Autonomy
Fairness
Esteem
Trust
You
Security

Autonomy

Autonomy is the perception of exerting control over one’s environment – illusory or real; a sensation of having choices within a given situation is rewarding. Face it, none of us likes to be told what to do.

Fairness

Fair exchanges are intrinsically rewarding, independent of other factors. The need for fairness may be part of the explanation as to why people experience internal rewards for doing volunteer work to improve their community; it is a sense of decreasing the unfairness in the world.

Esteem

Esteem is about relative importance in 3 ways:
1. How we see ourselves
2. How we see ourselves in relation to others
3. Our interpretation of how others see us

Trust

Human interactions involve deciding whether others are ‘in’ or ‘out’ of a social group. Whether someone is friend or foe requires In-group (Oxytocin) vs. Out-group (Cortisol) processing.

You

This portion is personal to you. One of the premises that we emphasize is the need for each person to become an expert on themselves. High level aspects of the ‘You’ domain include your brain profile, personality profile, tendencies, how you are influenced, context (your past, present, future), and current outlook.

Security

The brain likes consistency, commitment, certainty and no change. ANY new idea is likely to trigger all of these C’s in a negative way. Without prediction, the brain must use dramatically more resources to process moment-to-moment experience.