“Escape the confines of STRESS!” A Jolt of Joan for the week of Sept 2, 2013
“Escape the confines of STRESS!”
So many of us live with prolonged stress, whether from pressures at work and/or home.
Nevertheless, decisions that affect our future or that of others must be made,
even while we are experiencing chronic stress.
A study by researchers in Portugal published in the July 2012 issue of Translational Psychiatry demonstrates
“reduced ability to shift from habitual strategies to goal-directed behaviors…
even when the right choice would be to go a different way.” Stressed individuals also displayed a reorganization of neuronal circuits,
an atrophy of the pathway between the cortex and the striatum.
Fortunately, both the structural reorganization and
“reduced ability to shift to goal-directed behaviors”
was reversed after 6 – 7 weeks of reduced stress.
Joan King’s life path embodies the blending of the hard and noetic sciences. At the tender age of seventeen, she stepped into life at the Dominican convent in her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Eleven years later she left that religious training to become a chemist, and then received a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology. Her twenty-year tenure as a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, lead her to a dynamic crossroads of personal self-discovery. She left academia. Her new found "inner knowing" ignited the writing of her first book. It became the foundation in understanding how our bodies model the teachings of our beliefs. Joan King’s blending of science and spirituality birthed her professional coaching business, Beyond-Success LLC, in 1998.