Overfocusing: Cognitive Inflexibility and the Cingulate Gyrus

ADD . . . and-so-much-more

Stubborn? or Stuck!!

by Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC

A bit of Review to Catch You Up

As I said in the previous article entitled ODD & Oppositional Rising: Most of us know somebody who seems to have an argument for just about everything — somebody who almost always has to “go through NO to get to yes.”

I likened those individuals to old television sets with stuck channel changers (way back before the days of remote controls).

Almost ALL of us, I addedADD or not, have a small  — perfectly “normal” — part of our personalities that balks unless a task or idea is totally appealing in the moment we are “supposed” to take it on.

We don’t WANT to change the channel — we want things to keep on being the way we thought they were going to be – NOW!


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6 thoughts on “Overfocusing: Cognitive Inflexibility and the Cingulate Gyrus

  1. Thanks for reblogging this one, Kate. There are quite a few articles about the role of the PFC (prefrontal cortex), fewer about the role of the cingulate gyrus – and it explains more than a few behavioral “quirks” in ourselves and others.

    Tangentially, and PFC-related, I tripped across a couple of brain-based posts by checking out some of the other goodies you’ve reblogged and some of *their* other articles and links. THANKS for bringing new info to my attention.

    I will be referencing & linking to some of these in a new article on “smart drugs” and Executive Functioning (coming as soon as I can do a bit more research before drafting and editing.)


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      1. Acknowledge vs. flatter, right?

        While flattery (and compliments – the opinions of others) are certainly nice to hear, acknowledgment is an expression of the recognition of value that is entirely the result of the work of the one being acknowledged. (IMHO, none of us get enough of it in our black and white, do better-faster-more-etc. world!)

        I think it’s a crying shame that we aren’t recognized for what we do well already – encouraged to own our brilliance at least as much as our “areas for improvement.”

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  2. I’m glad to see I’m not losing my mind! The WordPress.com gremlins seem to be at it again – your reblog came up in my “unread” list – so now I have to double back to check on everything. In addition, they overwrote my most recent post with an earlier, incompletely edited version, leaving me a notice to update to a more “recent” version when I opened it to fix a typo (It’s starting to look like I really must find time to get off the .com platform. grrrr!)

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