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BANFF | The Science of Emotion




Jack Hirose   Member ID: 2443



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Banff Park Lodge Resort Hotel & Conference Centre
222 Lynx St Banff AB T1L 1K5


There is much focus today on emotion. Constructs like emotional intelligence, emotional self-regulation, emotional well-being and emotional social learning are being bandied about like never before. Emotion, long dismissed as a nuisance factor, is now confirmed to be at the core of development and well-being. Yet little is being taught about the nature of emotion or the implications for healing and treatment.  

New revelations about the nature of emotion have shed fresh light on the pivotal role of emotion in brain development, maturation, mental health, anxiety problems, behaviour problems, attention problems, addiction problems, resilience, recovery, and much more. In fact, most if not all the major diagnosis are found to have significant roots in the limbic tem or emotional brain. When distilled to their essence, healing and adaptation are first and foremost emotional processes. In today’s world, given the lack of supportive culture, an understanding of the nature of emotion is now foundational to finding our way through to personal health and well-being, whether this be for ourselves or to foster it in others. 

This keynote and follow-up seminar is powerful in the insight it provides as well as the changes it inspires. To make sense of emotion is to make sense of us all. In providing a window to the inner workings of the emotional brain, we also become informed as to how to harness the power of emotion for healing and recovery. 


  • How to foster and restore emotional health and well-being
  • The role of the prefrontal cortex in emotional development
  • The six signs of a child in emotional trouble
  • Why emotional expression is necessary and what happens when it is thwarted
  • How emotion serves attachment and attachment serves survival
  • What keeps emotions from being felt and how to remove these impediments
  • How emotional eruptions are at the root of most problem behaviour
  • What the primal emotions are trying to fix and what happens if this doesn’t work
  • Why emotional expression must not adversely affect a child’s working attachments
  • The construct and purpose of emotional defense
  • How the capacity for mixed feelings develops and why this capacity is so important
  • How empathy, courage, patience and self-control are the fruit of healthy development and how these virtues can be fostered
  • How aggression and bullying stem from emotional problems
  • How impulsiveness can be cured developmentally
  • How to handle difficult feelings in children and ourselves
  • Why emotion can become depressed and how to reverse this process
  • What happens when feelings get hurt too much
  • How emotional balance is achieved developmentally
  • Why the pursuit of happiness doesn’t work
  • Why true play is necessary for emotional health and development
  • Why children need to learn the language of the heart and how this language can be taught
  • The role of emotional conflict in developing the capacity to reflect


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