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The Function of the Default Mode Network in Coaching

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A network of brain areas that is active when at rest and not focusing on outside tasks is known as the Default Mode Network (DMN). It is in charge of visualisation, inner thinking, reflecting on oneself  and discovering a deeper inner awareness. 

Cognitive functions like memory and self-referencing through  thought depend heavily on the DMN. The medial prefrontal cortex, posterior cingulate cortex, precuneus, lateral temporal cortex, and inferior parietal lobule comprise this structure’s interrelated brain regions. 

During coaching sessions, coaches can activate the DMN by establishing a safe and contemplative environment, employing open-ended questioning, engaging in active listening and empathy exercises, utilising visualisation and imagination exercises, integrating mindfulness and meditation, and promoting reflective journaling. 

These techniques can support clients in activating their DMN and fostering personal development, problem-solving, and self-awareness. When the mind is at rest and not engaged in outside tasks, it activates certain brain regions known as the Default Mode Network (DMN). It is in charge of imagination, inner thought, and reflecting on oneself.

However, it’s essential to approach the activation of the DMN with balance. While its stimulation is associated with increased self-awareness and creative problem-solving, overactivity can lead to maladaptive rumination and heightened anxiety or depression.


Dr. Terry McIvor is the founder of the International  Guild of Hypnotherapy, NLP and 3 Principles Practitioners and Trainers. (IGH3P)

IGH3P  is a professional development body which develops the skills of coaches, Hypnotherapist and NLPers.

He is an educationalist of over 20 years experience and has been accredited as a STEM and Science expert at level 6 and 7 by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFQUAL) in the U.K.

Dr. Terry is also an NLP trainer, Master Hypnotist, a qualified Hypnotherapist  and 3 Principles Coach.

He is trainer for most of the leading hypnosis professional bodies in the U.S including IACT, ICBCH,IMDHA, and the Elman Institute,

Dr. Terry has set up his own accredited STEM school in the U.K. called AISR, it is through his academy he conducts his teaching and research.

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