Understanding the ‘Performer’ Brain
General ‘Performer’ Traits
People who have well developed Performer Brains are generally chatty, expressive, fun-loving and optimistic. The key to a good time for them is building a network of friends and admirers who will appreciate their flair for fun and creativity. Performers are entertainers always in search of a good time and a good audience. Performers love people and thrive on being where the action is. Strong on ideas, weak on follow-through, they lead by dealing with others in an up-beat way. Performers are fast-paced, energetic and out-going, they love variety and new experiences.
High scoring Performers have usually overdeveloped behaviours and thinking associated with the right Pre-frontal Cortex functioning of their brain. This may lead them to believe that having the freedom to create their own way of doing things is the best way to be successful. Performers love to talk and tell you all about their thoughts and ideas. Enthusiastic, playful, and persuasive, they show their feelings openly and frequently. To other people Performers can appear easily bored and always looking for new stimulation, Performers may be thought of as irresponsible because they often make big decisions based on intuition, gut feelings rather than facts, figures and previous experience.
We all have access to the Performer Brain and can therefore use thoughts and behaviours that enable us to be spontaneous, creative and sociable by practising the thoughts and behaviours associated with this function. The key is not to over or under develop this part of your brain. During teenage years this area of brain development can become highly stimulated. This is because often teenagers are forced to choose between conforming to the will and expectations of others, or following their own path. Some Performers choose not to conform in order to impress others (see Gatherer Brain) while the more entrepreneurial Performers develop an ‘I’ll show you’ attitude and set out out on their own path to success. (see Hunter Brain).
Unlike the Expert who tends to fear being wrong, or failing, Performers are risk takers who don’t fear being wrong and often learn by their mistakes.
Watch this short video clip of the ‘Performer Brain’ in action.
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