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Consultant Neurosurgeon Dr Ian Weinberg during
a presentation to Psychology staff and students.

The enhancement of the physiology of wellness, performance and leadership through mind state optimisation was discussed at a presentation by consultant Neurosurgeon, Dr Ian Weinberg.

The presentation by Weinberg – a pioneer in the relatively new science of Applied Psychoneuro-Endocrinology (PNE) – was hosted by the Research Unit of Health and Wellbeing in the School of Applied Human Sciences. 

Speaking at the event on PNE, Weinberg said: ‘Identifiable mind states are associated with the secretion of neuro-transmitters and neuro-peptides which then circulate in the blood stream and impact upon body metabolism. In this way, mind states influence wellness and performance in a profound way.’

‘The study of this mind-body chemical connection is referred to as psychoneuro-endocrinology. The challenge is to be able to access the core processes of consciousness and thereby move the individual into a resourceful neuro-chemical configuration.’

He went on to explain that our nature-nurture heritage gives rise to our world-view or subjective reality. If this heritage was comprehensive and free of deprivation, then a person could interact with the external environment as they saw things as they really are and consequently made accurate decisions.

‘This leads to success and we thus return with a positive feeling. Conversely, if the nature-nurture heritage is a product of deprivation, we will not see things as they really are and thus experience failure. We return with a negative feeling. These feelings, products of the external loop, drive our PNI chemistry from the feeling areas of the brain via the internal loop. This will determine ultimately our levels of wellness and performance.’

Weinberg, a pioneer of The Triangles Model, said the model formed the foundation for accessing the chemistry of wellness and performance. ‘The Triangles model is fully quantifiable by an online diagnostic which measures stress profiles, PNE resilience in terms of wellness and performance as well as risk of developing pro inflammatory cytokines that have been implicated in chronic conditions such as type2 diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis and even dementias. Due to the comprehensive quantification, the effectiveness of intervention may be evaluated on an ongoing basis.’

In his closing remarks Weinberg said the vast majority of individuals lived their lives in default mode, remaining unaware of their strengths and weaknesses and made no attempt to engage fundamental neuro-psychological processes.

‘If in fact they are the products of significant deprivation in their heritage, by not engaging and initiating appropriate intervention, they may remain victims of a less resourceful configuration. In this way they compromise themselves in terms of wellness, performance, quality of life and longevity. In this regard, the Triangles model can be viewed as a practical, empowering application supporting the enhancement of wellness and performance and thus personal efficiency and gratification.’

‘The application is not restricted to personal coaching of the individual. Rather, it should be viewed as providing a comprehensive framework for the implementation of multiple modalities of intervention, including leadership training, team-building, management re-structuring, and wellness enhancement.’