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What is the 
NCA ?

The Neurocognitive and behavioural approach (NCA) is an approach to modelling human behaviour that allows us to better understand the neuro-cognitive mechanisms involved in the way we think, act and relate to others, as well as to diagnose and address possible dysfunctional dynamics that disrupt our daily lives.

Changing the mechanism rather than the situation

LNCA, and the therapeutic strategy derived from it (NCT), considers dysfunctions as the result of the activation of an inappropriate neuro-cognitive mechanism in front of a problem.

 

The focus of intervention is therefore on the subjective experience of a problematic situation, rather than on the problem itself, and on the universal neuro-cognitive mechanisms at the origin of this experience (the containers), rather than on the specific situation (the content).

These containers, active at a given moment, act, in fact, as a filter of our representation of reality, influencing our thoughts, emotions and actions.

Changing governance

When a situation activates negative feelings and/or behaviours, the NCA aims to identify the neurocognitive filters responsible for our dysfunctional reaction, so to switch to a more appropriate/adaptive filter. 

 

In the short term, this shift to the so-called adaptive governance, achieved through listening and open questioning, as well as through cognitive or behavioural exercises, helps to reduce stress and to identify alternative solutions to the problem.

 

In the long term, functioning in adaptive governance becomes a posture that allows us to approach reality with more serenity, curiosity and wisdom, and to fully assume our choices and convictions.

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