Don Joseph Goewey

Don Joseph Goewey managed the department of psychiatry at Stanford Medical School, ran a regional emergency medical services system, and for twelve years headed an internationally recognized institute that pioneered an approach to catastrophic life events. He has worked with some of the most stressful situations on earth—with people facing terminal illness, parents struggling with the loss of a child, prisoners adjusting to a life sentence, and refugees of the genocidal war in Bosnia struggling with extreme post-traumatic stress. He spent six years directing a think tank aimed at integrating breakthroughs in neuroscience and psychology. From this work, he innovated a model for changing brain structure to extinguish stress reactions and amplify the higher brain function that enables a human being to flourish. The success of the model in helping people end stress in high-pressure workplaces like Cisco Systems and Wells Fargo has been unprecedented. 

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Don Joseph Goewey
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Be the change you want to see in the world

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "Which" (I have to go for "which hunts" after writing)

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Working with people

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Poet

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Perfect happiness is loving life just the way it is. It is the affirmation and acceptance of the man or woman you are and are becoming, encompassing the whole of you—your failures and successes, your strengths and weaknesses, your joys and sorrows, your positive qualities and those that are not so positive. "Perfect happiness" is a sense of perfection emerging from the imperfections. It is an authentic moment in which the authentic person that is you is felt by you, opens wide in you, and is welcomed into the heart of all that is. Five seconds of this feeling is enough to transform a life.

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April 22, 2009

Our Brain At Its Absolute Best 

When neuroscientists tested brain activity in Tibetan monks, they found inner peace had significantly expanded the usual networks that generate higher order brain function. These networks were larger and more fully integrated than brain scans show on the average person, with increased blood flow to the region. 

 

As a result, brain function in these monks had reached levels never before reported in the scientific literature. The readings on Gamma Wave activity, signaling higher mental activity, was off the chart. ... see more

February 16, 2009

Mark Twain once said, “I’ve been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.” I call this “Thought Attacks.”  Thought attacks are the origin of a self-destructive attitude.  This attitude begins in fearful thoughts that, when believed, quickly turn into negative emotions that create perceptions of threat. These perceptions are not real; they are mind made. As the famous stress researcher, Dr. Robert Sapolsky of Stanford, states: “We humans are smart enough to generate all sorts of stressful events purely in our heads. We can experience wildly strong emotions, provoking our... see more

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