Our Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Brains
"We are fearfully and wonderfully made." This profound statement is especially true when it comes to our brain and how it functions. Understanding these truths can help us to better understand ourselves and others. I would like to share a few fundamental truths regarding our brain:
1. One brain can only be at one place at a time. Our brain is either in the front part of our brain, referred to as the pre-frontal cortex (thinking brain), limbic system, which houses our strong emotions, or the amygdala, the fight/flight part of our brain.
2. When we get angry, scared, or upset we tend to leave the thinking, problem-solving part of our brain and move into our limbic system, which may struggle in solving problems.
3. Taking deep breaths, taking a break from stressful situations, listening to music or playing a musical instrument, or other calming activities can help us remain in our problem solving brain and help us to stay calm and have more positive outcomes.
4. Timing as opposed to actual coping skill is probably more important in regulating our emotions. The sooner we actively engage our thinking brain the more effective we will be in staying calm and resolving difficult situations.
I love learning more about how our brains function and finding effective ways to help people understand and find balance in regards to their thinking, emotional, and fight/flight parts of our brain. Understanding the way God created our brains is one of the best ways to take care of ourselves. If you are struggling to regulate strong emotions, solve problems under stress, or tame your fight/flight response, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors!
Mark Rhodes, LPC