Flexibility, empathy and well-being These are the most frequently discussed concepts “Being Human” (Editorial Planeta), book Facundo Manes and Matthew Nero That dive into the pain and negative feelings that the current epidemic is spreading COVID-19 To save the best it can teach us: The human ability to overcome adverse conditions. The adjective “human” is distinguished: The authors emphasize that no technology, no matter how sophisticated and complex, could perform such a task.
“Well-being is an issue that societies strive for, and science today knows that well-being is built.”said Mans, a neurologist, neuroscientist and current candidate for National Representative for Juntos.
“Brain science has To tell us a lot about human capabilitiesThat’s why we wanted to provide society with what science knows about the interior of the mind, with data from science,” he explained.
The authors participated in a press conference for media in Argentina and Latin America held online. The two make up a long-running writing duo: they are also responsible for the books “Using the Brain,” “The Mind of the Future,” and “The Argentine Brain.”
“In addition to suffering, there is one thing we know from the study of man and that is that Positive adaptation is possible despite severe pain, the neurologist declared in connection with the past year and a half, a time when a large part of humanity lived inwardly, far from loved ones and distressed by the uncertainty caused by disease. In this sense, he estimated that “the psychological impact will last longer than the epidemic.”
For Nero, who comes from the field of literature and specializes in “brigade politics”, the Covid pandemic ‘hinge feeling’. “One would imagine that these years would be like the moment when everything was turned upside down.” This situation also proves a “turning point” from which the writers take full advantage. This breaking point may expand the possibilities inhabited by men and women in the twenty-first century.
“Many societies are developing resilience, which is The ability to adaptively overcome adverse situations, It is the quality that gives us the psychological strength to deal with stress and difficulties. People with high resilience are able to change their trajectory and achieve their goals.”
in this line, This new book appears to ‘strengthen the skills that make us human’According to the authors, who considered empathy and resilience to be concepts that are learned. And they noted that putting it into practice will help rebuild personal well-being and a post-pandemic world.
“We need a new world, A new economic system that meets the basic needs of all human beings whose main goal is not growth per se, but the improvement of human well-being,” Mans criticized.
Note that the world to come will be a hybrid: it will mix technology, but it will need humans completely. In a few years, “more cool Being with friends and enjoying ourselves, someone who has a cell phone all day will look like an addict.” and predicted.
“We suggest in the book that in this hybrid world to come there are incomparable human capabilities, no matter how sophisticated computers are. These capabilities make us focus on working on those essential skills today.”, pointed out.
He indicated the ability to solve it Complex problems, to find new answers in difficult contexts, for creativity, for aesthetic sensitivityAbility to think critically and make short-term and long-term decisions. He also talked about enhancing tools like intuition, connecting with other humans, the potential for dealing with difficult people, discovering leaders and the option to inspire others.
“Machines can be smarter than us in many ways, but They will never be in empathy, empathy, team intelligence, the ability to manage teams and interact with others.”
It is a hard road that will depend on each group because “Pandemics always change societies, for better or worse, and nothing is written. Human actions change, they depend on us.”They concluded.
In the book, topics such as the importance of love, trust and generosity talk about the benefits of meditation. Is it a science book? How is this approach to dealing with issues that have historically turned its back on science?
Matthew Nero: – I will give a word which is knowledge. It is a book about knowledge and that knowledge is produced from different knowledge. It is a book about human knowledge and the definition of knowledge.
Facundo Manes: Science today studies well-being. The US Constitution speaks of happiness. The Argentine constitution speaks of welfare. Well-being is an issue that societies strive for and science today knows that well-being is built, we can do a lot. All the decisions we make affect our well-being, and it is clear that life circumstances, expectations, and genetics influence. Thirty percent of well-being is explained by genetic load, which is a part I can’t modify but I can modify a part of. How do we build wellness? Enjoying the present makes the brain happier and more productive, and it avoids multitasking, and neither intelligence, nor education, nor youth are associated with well-being and gratitude either. I immediately remember that I can talk, move my arms, and walk, and many of my patients cannot. A good choice instead of thinking that one will be happy when he achieves what he lacks is to be happy with what he has, and acceptance of negative experiences is part of well-being and having the feeling, the feeling which is greater than self, which is superior to us in contributing to society, altruism and human relations. and feeling flow: When we do something we love, we lose track of ourselves. Minimize negative thoughts, because one can function the way we feel by changing the way we think. And money, after a certain point, does not affect our well-being.