Who Switched Off My Brain? A Book Report

13 Feb

Isn’t that a great book title?

Have you ever been in a situation where you read an email, left a meeting or conversation and felt put down, misunderstood, slighted or even slammed? Let me ask you this.  What do you tend to do after that encounter?

If you’re like most of us, at the very least, you replay it in your head a few times.  Maybe you obsess about it – you replay the scenario to others word for word (well as accurately as your self-protective brain can remember it.  *Hint you are probably adding color commentary with a slant for making the other person look bad and you victimized. Just saying!) You might replay the story numerous times, creating elaborate follow-up conversations or “what I should have said” versions.

All of this is normal; it just isn’t healthy or helpful! Did you know that 80% – 90% of our health care cost and overall health problems in this country are directly attributed to stress?  And stress is directly linked to how we choose to think?

As you might know, our brains are super amazing and come equipped with all kinds of features to keep us safe, minimize energy usage, figure out complex problems, etc.  However, if you don’t choose to direct your brain activity your brain will stick to its number one priority – protecting you from predators.   Survival is so important that your brain has a dedicated part in charge of keeping you safe – the amygdala (ə mígdələ).

Your amygdala is very serious about keeping you safe.  At the first sign of danger it will give the go-ahead to have chemicals pumped into your body that will allow you to run really fast or fights like a warrior, this is your fight or flight system.  All the chemicals are brilliant if a crazed-animal is chasing you or an avalanche of rocks is falling on your head.  You need all of those chemicals to help you survive; they make you fast and strong.

What does this have to do with being ‘slighted’ by your co-worker or family member?  Plenty! Your amygdala doesn’t know the difference between real and perceived danger– an insult can be views the same as an avalanche of rocks.  “Squirt chemicals first, ask questions later.”  Your body doesn’t need all of these chemicals to combat an insult, they are suppose to help you physically run like a jaguar or fight for your life – literally!  If you don’t physically burning those chemicals up, they are running around in your body wondering what to do – so they attack your immune system and stress your heart.  In our daily language, we call this feeling stressed.

Here is where it get’s really crazy.  Every time you retell or replay the situation your amygdala thinks it’s being attacked AGAIN – “squirt more chemicals, incoming danger!”  You are now literally attacking yourself!  By retelling and embellishing the story you are choosing to dump more immune attacking chemicals into your system, causing more stress and damage.

You have choice.  First of all, you can influence what your amygdala reacts to.  If you don’t embellish the ‘slight” as a personal attack, your amygdala won’t need to give you a chemical infusion. Your amygdala will only override your thinking if your physical life is in danger. Second, stop repeating the story!  You’re killing yourself! Resolve it and move on.

This book report of Who Switched Off Your Brain provides great information, ideas and concepts for taking charge of your brain and your health.

Read the Book Report CLICK HERE    The book of course provides much more detail and can be ordered on Amazon or check out the website http://www.drleaf.com

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