“Be still and know that I am God” Psalm 46:10
For simplicity terms- there are two main categories to the brain: prefrontal cortex and limbic system.
- Prefontal cortex is what allows you to contentiously choose thoughts and observe your own thinking. It allows you to “Be still and know that I am God” no matter what is happening around you.
- Limbic system is your automatic, emotional response without thinking.
- Called the emotional brain because it takes charge of our emotional response.
- Amygdala: The amygdala is a part of the brain in the limbic system that is associated with fear, memory and emotion.
- It is the alarm system of the brain, what most refer to as the “Fear Center.” It’s a part of the brain that is responsible for many of our initial emotional responses and reactions, including the “fight-or-flight” response.
Shut Down of Clear Thinking
- In low to moderate stress level, the prefrontal cortex calms amygdala down and consider the pros and cons of the intended behavior.
- However, with extreme stimulus the activation of the amygdala shuts off the prefrontal cortex function.
- The prefrontal cortex is the part of the brain where conscious control and decision making processes occur. Hence, when amygdala perceive stimulus as a threat, the conscious part of the brain automatically gets turned off so you respond impulsively without thinking.
Training Our Limbic System and Amygdala
- When we try something new, get in an argument, or face a stressful situation- our amygdala begins to fire off.
- We can learn how to control our limbic system so we can think clearly even when triggered.