Your reptilian brain is perfectly designed to keep you safe...but sometimes it can get over-active and create serious problems that can be very hard to control.
When this primitive fight-or-flight part of your brain takes over, that's when you might have blackouts or temporary memory loss during an anger episode. This is also when you'll find yourself doing things out of character, things you would never do if you were'nt so upset.
Daniel Goleman calls this emotional hijacking, where your survival instincts take over and briefly shuts down your rational thinking brain. This is exactly the reason that good people sometimes do bad things.
The term "reptilian" is not a biological term, it's just a way of referring to a primitive part of the brain technically called the basal ganglia. Paul McLean, author of The Triune Brain In Evolution coined the term, and it has caught on quite well. Learn about the reptilian brain here.
This is not a bad part of the brain, you just don't want it to be in the driver's seat, or running the show. It's the only part of the brain that can take over and shut down higher (thinking, compassionate) brain functions, which is why it can be potentially dangerous.
Here's how to know if you're having problems in this area of your brain:
I think you can see that these types of reptilian brain problems are pretty common for a lot of folks. The good news is that you don't have to be a victim to your own brain and its fight-or-flight response.
There are some tried-and-true methods you can use to gain control over your instincts and manage your anger better. Let's take a look at some of those now:
If you're having any of the symptoms described above, then your fight or flight reflex is definitely too active, and your primitive brain needs some soothing.
I will offer several different techniques for calming and soothing your reptilian brain, and I recommend that you use all of them to find out which works best for you. Here they are:
Please understand that you did not get to this point quickly, and it may take you a while to reach your goals...but you can do this! These are powerful tools and techniques, and if you use them consistently over time, you will definitely receive the benefits you want.
I want to mention one more powerful approach for you to consider, which is self-hypnosis. I highly recommend Instant Self Hypnosis: How To Hypnotize Yourself With Your Eyes Open.
If you only choose one of these methods, by all means choose the Inner Child audio program. It goes deeper, deals with the original causes of the problems, and gives lasting benefits and emotional control.
This program offers a kind of wide-awake self hypnosis, where you're talking to your child self, using the incredible power of your imagination.
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