The brain reacts to emotions and feelings through the amygdala.
You don't have to be medical personnel, a doctor, or a scientist to know how your body works.
The more you know how something work, the more you properly utilise it.
Today, I decided to share an excerpt about a section of our brain called the amygdala and the frontal lobes.
For a second, make sure you read it to the end. Then, you will understand what influences your decision-making process; every second, minute and hour.
The idea here is to help you gain control of these brain sections going forward.
1. The Amygdala
Amygdala is a collection of almond-shaped cells located near the base of the brain. Everyone has two cell groups in each hemisphere (or side) of the brain.
The amygdalae help to define and regulate emotions. They also preserve memories and attach them to specific feelings (happy, sad, joyous). You can refer to these as emotional remembrances.
The amygdala is part of the brain's limbic system. A limbic system is a group of complex, interconnected structures within the brain that are responsible for a person's emotional and behavioural responses.
The amygdala also activates the fight-or-flight response.
This response can help people in immediate physical danger react quickly for their safety and security. For example, the fight-or-flight response helped early humans respond to threats to avoid being injured or killed.
The amygdala activates this fight-or-flight response without any initiative from you. So when that part of your brain senses danger, it signals your brain to pump stress hormones, which prepares the body to fight for survival or flee to safety.
In these present circumstances, the fight-or-flight reaction is more likely to be activated by emotions such as anxiety, fear, attack, and anger.
2. The Frontal lobes
Often, we call the amygdala "reflect actions"; you don't control it. It happens automatically.
On the other hand, the front lobes allow you to evaluate your emotions and then consciously respond to your experiences and judgment. These responses are not automatic, unlike the ones provoked by the amygdala.
The frontal lobes are located in the brain's cerebral cortex. This brain area regulates voluntary actions like reasoning, thinking, movement, decision-making, and planning. Unlike the amygdala, the frontal lobes are more rational in processing information.
When faced with physical threats, the amygdala automatically jumps to the fight-or-flight response, but the front lobes process the information you're receiving to help you determine if the danger is real.
Conversely, if the threat isn't immediate, the frontal lobes help you decide what to do in response to the stress.
Sometimes, when you react angrily or emotionally and later feel embarrassed and regretful, know that your amygdala is at work.
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