Have you ever wondered why you blurt out responses that create problems for you later? Or did you know that your experiences are carried first to the thalmus, where they are sorted and sent as data to different areas of the brain for your response?
Simply put, when you see, touch, taste or experience any situation, information may go to the cortex for rational thought and consideration. Or data may jettison to that tiny area, deep in your brain, called the amygdala.
Interestingly you have already stored reactions in the amygdala, which is why some people gently swish a bothersome hornet away, while others swish dishes off a table in fear. Either way, the amygdala tends to act quickly and rather instinctively, whenever stored responses get sparked through daily experiences. It also releases chemicals such as serotonin or cortisol into the blood, to trigger often unwanted emotional response.
On one hand amygdala responses are good since it moves you off the road if a mac truck barrels around the corner. On the other hand though, untamed amygdalas are dangerous. How so? If you’ve ever taken offense at another person’s words and lashed back without thought of the consequences, you can thank your amygdala for lost relationships, fleeing opportunities, or regrets that can last a lifetime.