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The science of how to build a more resilient and adaptive mindset
What's the difference between 'normal' and 'natural' behavior? As children, we don’t get to choose what our environment is or what kind of system we are a part of. Since we don’t get to choose, we must adapt. That’s part of our nature as complex adaptive systems. Plasticity and adaptability is our nature. But there are down sides to having such experience-dependent, malleable brains...
 
 

"One of the best Professional Development sessions I've attended in my 5 years at CCC."
- Jonathan Keiser PhD, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor -Educational Quality, Office of Strategy and Academic Governance, City Colleges of Chicago

 
 
 
"Stefanie is making connections that few if any others are making, between subjects as diverse as myth and neuroscience, trauma and smartphones, growth mindset and social justice.
Her words have helped me personally heal from deep-seated wounds I didn't know I had,
and given me a clearer direction for where I want to go next."

- Elijah Eiler, Chicago IL

 
 
 
"Your podcast has been immensely helpful to me. I suffer from PTSD due to childhood abuse and anxiety and secondary trauma due to my work (involving an active war zone). Listening to your podcast helped me understand a lot of what I'm going through and how I can live a calmer life."
- A.N., email and podcast subscriber
 

 


 

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THIS IS WHY I CHOSE TO STUDY NEUROSCIENCE



   
The day a young man I had been counseling told me that, for the first time since he could remember, he “didn’t feel broken anymore” was the day I decided to devote myself to exploring how ‘mindset shifts’ happen.
   
For years, he had been going down a dark spiral - where he had been arrested for assault, and was turning to alcohol to numb his pain.
   

As he began to see how much his childhood past was influencing his thought processes and behaviors, he began to understand that these were coping mechanisms to prevent him from feeling emotions he was afraid to feel. By acknowledging that he was not ‘evil’ or ‘bad’ but that he was scared and in emotional pain, he was finally able to express his frustrations, sadness, and longings for connection through writing.
   
Throughout our sessions, we also explored this question:    
how could your pain and feelings of hopelessness be of service to someone else?
   
As he explored this, he started to see that by expressing and sharing with others what he had been through, he saw that it helped others know they weren’t “the only ones” who felt like he did. He stopped being afraid of his emotions. A weight lifted off his shoulders.
   
He wrote to me years later - letting me know that he continued to write essays and poetry, that he had completed a Nurse Practitioner degree and that he was in the process of starting a clinic for substance use. He told me that the shift he experienced was because through our conversations he was able to see “that in life, there was the possibility of something better”.
   
After I witnessed this ‘shift’ and saw it in many others, I wanted to know if there was a way we could understand this better. I became inspired by the concept of ‘self-directed neuroplasticity’* and began my graduate studies at NYU, working in a lab, studying with meditation teachers and doing research in schools.
   
The field of neuroscience played a big part in my ability to believe that change was possible.
   
Most importantly: I applied everything I learned to MY OWN journey. I applied my understanding of neuroplasticity, mindset and ‘pattern recognition’ to my relationships and career choices.
   
And I began to see change. Really positive change - in how I felt and in how I was able to show up in relationship with others.
   
I started sharing these ideas with others, and I saw how powerful it was for someone to know the science that confirms the possibility that we can change how we experience ourselves and life, and how this emanates into showing up differently.
   
Witnessing these aha moments and self-perception-shifts is why I keep going. It’s why I spend hours creating a podcast and articles (on top of my full-time job doing research and administering neuromodulation treatments at an intensive outpatient clinic!)
   
And the rewards of my journey are also why I want to help others truly internalize and personalize what neuroscience (and systems thinking) has to offer.
   


"Fabulous, helpful, thought provoking, growth oriented training [...]  I benefited more from this experience than I have from whole classes on brain development, entire textbooks on brain research and multiday educational conferences. I know I am a better teacher for this morning’s experience. Heartfelt thanks."

- Michele, leading edge public school teacher, Kansas City MO

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2018-01-26T17:45:10-06:00

- Michele, leading edge public school teacher, Kansas City MO

"Fabulous, helpful, thought provoking, growth oriented training [...]  I benefited more from this experience than I have from whole classes on brain development, entire textbooks on brain research and multiday educational conferences. I know I am a better teacher for this morning’s experience. Heartfelt thanks."
"Life changing... Immediate life application."

Evelyn McGhee, Education Innovator, Chicago IL

Stefanie Faye
2018-01-26T17:42:09-06:00

Evelyn McGhee, Education Innovator, Chicago IL

"Life changing... Immediate life application."
"I learned how to infuse lessons with conversations about emotion, vulnerability and failure. Stefanie knows what she is talking about – and backed it all up with evidence."

Jenna De Bruin, Chicago IL

Stefanie Faye
2018-01-26T17:29:47-06:00

Jenna De Bruin, Chicago IL

"I learned how to infuse lessons with conversations about emotion, vulnerability and failure. Stefanie knows what she is talking about – and backed it all up with evidence."

"I loved getting strategies on how to implement growth mindset information in our own classrooms.  I now know how to teach my students about the importance of risk-taking and how we learn more as we make mistakes. Stefanie is a captivating speaker." 


-teacher, Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline

Stefanie Faye
2018-12-30T21:03:41-06:00

-teacher, Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline

"I loved getting strategies on how to implement growth mindset information in our own classrooms.  I now know how to teach my students about the importance of risk-taking and how we learn more as we make mistakes. Stefanie is a captivating speaker." 
"I love this podcast! I use it professionally as an instructional coach and have sound that the information is very helpful when working with teachers and supporting their practices with students. I also use the concepts provided here (and on the YouTube Channel) to support my work as a professional development facilitator. Last, this podcast has proven surprisingly valuable in my personal life as I seek to self-regulate and become more aware of what is happening with feelings vs. emotions. Absolutely one of the best finds in terms of clear, accessible content." 

- Kimberly, Podcast Subscriber

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2019-01-31T18:20:48-06:00

- Kimberly, Podcast Subscriber

"I love this podcast! I use it professionally as an instructional coach and have sound that the information is very helpful when working with teachers and supporting their practices with students. I also use the concepts provided here (and on the YouTube Channel) to support my work as a professional development facilitator. Last, this podcast has proven surprisingly valuable in my personal life as I seek to self-regulate and become more aware of what is happening with feelings vs. emotions. Absolutely one of the best finds in terms of clear, accessible content." 
"One of the best Professional Development sessions I've attended in my 5 years at CCC."

Jonathan Keiser PhD, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor -Educational Quality, Office of Strategy and Academic Governance, City Colleges of Chicago

Stefanie Faye
2018-01-26T17:43:35-06:00

Jonathan Keiser PhD, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor -Educational Quality, Office of Strategy and Academic Governance, City Colleges of Chicago

"One of the best Professional Development sessions I've attended in my 5 years at CCC."
Your articles motivate not only my students, but also me. I have just started to prepare for the GRE after getting inspiration from your articles and videos.

Gunel Bakhshaliyeva, Azerbaijan

Stefanie Faye
2019-01-01T16:42:41-06:00

Gunel Bakhshaliyeva, Azerbaijan

Your articles motivate not only my students, but also me. I have just started to prepare for the GRE after getting inspiration from your articles and videos.
Your explanations and drawings are so simple and easy to understand--which is a very effective teaching style for me. I also love how everything is backed up by science :) Please never delete these videos or your channel, your content is gold!!

- Zack Jesse, Youtube subscriber

Stefanie Faye
2018-12-30T20:59:06-06:00

- Zack Jesse, Youtube subscriber

Your explanations and drawings are so simple and easy to understand--which is a very effective teaching style for me. I also love how everything is backed up by science :) Please never delete these videos or your channel, your content is gold!!
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"One of the best TEDx talks I have ever seen, practical and intellectual. There are even references at the end! Thank you, Stefanie" - Munir Rashid, Leadership Facilitator & Executive Coach
 
"Amazing explanations, visuals and exercises !!! I will definitely use these myself and in my teaching!" - Aneliya Dimitrova
 
"I enjoyed the way you drew up the malleability of the brain. I have been sharing it with my personal training clients." -Fitness Solutions
 
"Very helpful and persuasive!! I am introducing Dweck's Mindsets to my son, a college freshman in mechanical engineering. He is sciency and tends to dismiss anything I say about the power of positive thinking; I will show him this!" - Cairographics
 
"Hello Stefanie, I just wish to say a huge "Thank you" for your video and knowledge. I have watched this every week and it has pushed me to code and develop my first computer game. If it wasn't for your advice, I may have not have had the belief that I could use a Growth Mindset to my advantage. Thank you again." - Drystone Dev
 
"This is MIND-EXPANDING" - Michael O.

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