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It’s Written All Over Your Face!

In 2001 neurologist Patrik Vuilleumeir found that a person's amygdala responds in threat mode to the appearance of fearful expressions of others EVEN IF that person is paying attention to something else.  The amygdalae's job is to signal our stress…

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Stress is Killing You

Are you setting yourself up for a stress related disease?  Are you shortening your own lifespan?  Over time, the allostatic load of stress on the body can no longer be mitigated by the sympathetic nervous system. We end up with…

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A Fear-Orientation is Killing You!

In our modern world of green-house fears, war atrocities, environmental pillaging, and global threats the social media is rife with stories of conspiracy, fear, and apocalyptic preparedness. What is this focus doing to us? While it's not advisable to put…

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Who’s in the Mirror?

In neural imaging studies done in 1996, it was found that viewing images of fearful, stressed, or angered faces activated the viewer's fear response in the amygdala. Take a look in the mirror today and make note of the expression…

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Are You Cross-Wired?

It's proven we can wire neutral events to fearful responses. Ex: a dog barks each time you get a bit of bad news. Soon, you cringe at the dog bark, even if no bad news follows. The auditory cortex delivers…

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Taming the Fear Response

Our Amygdala is the cornerstone of our fight-or-flight and fear response.  It keeps us safe in emergencies, action-oriented in crisis, and powerful when we have little reserves.  It also happens to dominate with use and become our filter for the…

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Use Your Illusions for Good!

If you give the prefrontal cortex the "perception" that it has control over your stress response, it will signal all the way back to the amygdala and brain stem and override the primitive brain stress response. Creating visuals and acting…

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Mindfulness Changing the Political Brain?

The time has come for politics to recognize the magic of both compassion and neuroplasticity!  "The fact that our brain is always changing means we're not locked in to having the stress superhighway built into our nervous system...The cutting-edge research…

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