"Our limbic system is like our very own radar system - it's constantly assessing what's happening and searching for connection with other people in order to help us feel safe & secure. When the limbic system feels connected and calm, it relaxes and allows the other parts of the brain to function fully."
"The limbic system is like an old-fashioned plowz'simple, sturdy, rugged. The cerebral cortex is more like a modern combine: complicated, high maintenance, easy to break."
"The cerebral cortex of our brain, our convoluted gray matter, our complex thinking apparatus, our central processing unit, is a relatively recent addition to our brain. Our cerebrum enhanced the more primitive underlying limbic system, the seat of our ancient emotions and our innate temperament. The limbic system is like an old-fashioned hammer, simple, sturdy and rugged."
"When we have to do something, the limbic system has a war with the prefrontal cortex and since the limbic system is like a veteran of the army it usually wins."
"The limbic system is like the savage beast within and you have to sooth that in order to access the right brain / left brain," Dr. Tarman said.
Part of the limbic system is the amygdalae. It is the fear button in animals, including humans. "If I see something that I am fearful of, it will take over and my thinking is toast."
"Our limbic system is like a Wi-Fi signal, constantly broadcasting out and receiving signals from our fellow human beings. Our biochemistry and our moods are regulated by one another. Mammals in isolation suffer lowered and erratic dopamine and seratonin levels. In essence, we need human connection and emotional resonance in order to be happy."
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