By Wendy Behary
By Rich Simon
As lively and energetic as it can be to have many people with diverse opinions, perspectives and backgrounds participating in a workshop, my experience Sunday was different because it was such an intimately small group.
My mind is reeling after Dr. Jerome Kagan's lunch presentation: "Human Nature and the Possibility of Change."
People are wired from birth to have certain dispositions, but are we condemned to these traits? Kagan said, "Science is at an early age for understanding temperament," and that there is an extremely large number of possible temperaments.
I have never been a “science person”. Science has always intimidated me; knowing that I won’t fully understand, terms like “neurons” usually make my eyes glaze over.
But, Dan Siegel’s presentation “The Neurobiology of We” was absolutely fascinating. Even though he threw a few of those scary science words at us, he added jokes and vivid examples to make his ideas significant and clear.