WEBVTT 00:00:05.480 --> 00:00:09.200 humans are social beings that thrive on working in groups 00:00:09.200 --> 00:00:12.320 throughout history, we have enhanced our chances of survival 00:00:12.320 --> 00:00:16.600 by collectively sharing things such as resources, knowledge, and workloads 00:00:16.600 --> 00:00:20.580 alternatively, isolation or rejection from a group 00:00:20.580 --> 00:00:23.300 could have decreased our survival chances 00:00:23.300 --> 00:00:27.660 as a result, our brain is highly aware of our ongoing social status 00:00:27.660 --> 00:00:30.440 and possible threats or rewards to this 00:00:30.560 --> 00:00:35.620 today, the workplace is one of the biggest social environments the brain experiences 00:00:35.620 --> 00:00:40.660 our brain is constantly providing us with feedback on our social interactions with others 00:00:40.660 --> 00:00:43.440 we need to know when things are working in our favour 00:00:43.440 --> 00:00:46.420 or when our social situation may be under threat 00:00:46.420 --> 00:00:49.300 Our brain interprets our social interactions 00:00:49.300 --> 00:00:51.660 through the use of neural pathways and chemical messages 00:00:51.660 --> 00:00:55.060 commonly used for pleasure and pain 00:00:55.060 --> 00:00:59.500 for example, when our brain recognises potential rewards from a social interaction 00:00:59.500 --> 00:01:03.860 it releases chemicals along the same neural pathways associated with pleasure 00:01:03.860 --> 00:01:05.940 making us feel physically good 00:01:05.940 --> 00:01:10.016 when we feel threatened, rejected, or taken advantage of 00:01:10.020 --> 00:01:13.620 the same pathways that tell us we are in physical pain are activated 00:01:13.620 --> 00:01:17.220 our brains don't always operate in isolation to one another 00:01:17.220 --> 00:01:21.273 we often trigger a threat or reward response to the people around us 00:01:21.273 --> 00:01:24.033 we may not even realise we are doing this 00:01:24.040 --> 00:01:26.440 so the next time you interact with someone at work 00:01:26.440 --> 00:01:29.420 consider what social messages you may be sending 00:01:29.420 --> 00:01:32.740 and the impact you may be having on their brain