Anxiety 101: Don’t Let Your Amygdala Ruin Your Day

Petaluma, California 2015

Whoa there. Not so fast. What just happened? Has any of this happened? Is it likely to? Are there a ton of other possibilities that are a much surer bet than the catastrophic news feed running rip shod through your head?

No, none of these disasters are actually happening, though the knot in your stomach and the throbbing in your head suggest otherwise. It’s just that you’ve been a victim of a hijack. Well, your rationality has. It’s not an intruder exactly. It’s your brain, your amygdala to be exact. As your built in 24/7 alarm system, it does one thing and one thing only: mobilizes you instantly to defend your survival.

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