Limbic System and Window of Tolerance

When our amygdala is lit up in the limbic system of our brain, our ability to see the big picture – disappears. The ‘fight-flight-freeze’ response takes over. We literally suffer from tunnel vision. If we are outside the window of tolerance, (Minton, Ogden et al, 2006) and in hyperarousal, we become irritable, edgy, angry –…

Earthquake and Freeze Response

Dr. Stephen Porges emphasizes the importance of bidirectional neurofeedback between body and brain. Porges emphasizes the importance of relating to an organism (humans) from a bottom-up perspective instead of a top-down. He uses the example of Descartes: ‘I think, therefore, I am’. He explains that many western therapies have been designed around this idea. What…

A Little Predator And Three Little Nervous Systems

Sitting quietly at the lake, I noticed three little girls peering deliberately, yet cautiously, down at what seemed like a bug. ‘Ew!’ shouted one girl. ‘What is it?’ asked the other girl. ‘Eek!’ shouted the other girl and then quickly lifted her head back. She then turned around and began running and screaming ‘run for…

Sergeant Amy and Sergeant Hippo: The Grand Fight

How Trauma Affects The Brain Let’s keep it simple. Well, it is the brain, so I am not sure how simple I can make this, but let me try to explain. When something traumatic happens to us, enough that we believe we might be in danger (or worse, die), our limbic system goes nuts. Let’s…