Antonio Damasio describes 12 patients who lost the pre-frontal part of their brains, the part that controls our emotions

In his book, Descartes’ Error, Antonio Damasio describes 12 patients who lost the pre-frontal part of their brains, the part that controls our emotions. These people were ‘rational fools’. They were normal in every respect, had no paralysis and no damage to the general intelligence, and performed just as well in psychological tests as they did before their accidents. But their lives seemed to fall apart. They could not hold down jobs, show affection or take decisions. They were completely cold-blooded, showing no response to either good news or bad, to love or to hate. Despite their rationality, they had lost control of their lives…

Charles Handy, The Hungry Spirit, pp.104-5

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