Human beings have a tri-brain.
The brain stem is the most primitive part of our brain and is responsible for survival instincts: flight, fight, freeze, submit.
The limbic system, is our emotional brain and is responsible for deciding if a situation is safe in which it allows our cognitive brain to fully function and remain rational, or unsafe in which it activates the reptilian survival system.
The cognitive brain, which allows us to be rational and also it is the only part of the brain which can override the limbic systems unsafe activation.
Human beings developed fear and aggression as survival mechanisms, in a time when they needed protection against predators. However, today we are not living in an environment where snakes and tigers are chasing us. Millions of years later the fear and emotional system can be overly sensitive, driving us to make irrational decisions; and we are pathologically risk averse.
What psychology research has found is that if we strengthen the frontal lobes, they are able to override irrational fears, and allow us to control our emotions.
Mindfulness practice is one of the most effective and well researched tools to do this. It gives up the ability to slow down our emotional reactions and not go into survival mode. “Mindfulness involves nonjudgmental attention to present-moment experience. In its therapeutic forms, mindfulness interventions promote increased tolerance of negative affect and improved well being....mindfulness reduces automatic negative self-evaluation, increases tolerance for negative affect and pain, and help to engender self-compassion and empathy”
And research suggests that as little as 3 minutes per day, makes a big difference.
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K. Jagadeesh PhD
Psychologist and international Author