New study shows social pain is painful

“The study demonstrates that the same regions of the brain that become active in response to painful sensory experiences are activated during intense experiences of social rejection.”

This is edging close to the Boydian framework. The full title of “Strategic Game,” for example, is Strategic Game of ? and ?, where the question marks are “interaction” and “isolation.”

Perhaps of more importance to business, Boyd puts huge emphasis on maintaining the moral ties that hold groups together.  For example, he suggests that “moral defeat” could be considered as “Triumph of fear, anxiety, and alienation over courage, confidence, and esprit when confronted by menace, uncertainty, and mistrust.” (Patterns 121)

To avoid “moral defeat,” organizations should work on improving their agility and internal harmony, while using such tools as Auftragstaktik to pump up initiative.  The result will be more cohesive, effective groups and a possibly less painful overall experience.

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