Reptile Brain – Self Acceptance.

3 years, 1 month ago

I have recently learned of the reptile brain. The part of the brain that looks after reproductive urges, fight or flight response, hunger. It has the highest priority in the way we act & live. We are on autopilot & a puppet to it’s demands. It is what used to ensure our survival as a species & came first.

The next level of our behaviour & what soaks up the workings of the reptile brain is the mammalian/social/emotional brain. This is what makes us want to fit in to the group & why we do stupid things in the group. This came second.

Lastly part of evolution created the logical/conscious brain. This is left to fathom out why we do the things we do. No matter how many positive thoughts we put in our mind or how many books we read or how much we want to change, or how much NLP we do, we are slaves to our primary primitive responses.

This brings me to self acceptance. I understand that self acceptance is often the first & major pathway to change. Now I know I’m a robot to the reptile brain that reacts I can forgive & free myself from wishing I was different & resisting what is. I am only human.

So while I think thinking positive is awesome & I practice it regularly I think it is only a very small component part of self improvement & understanding.

What we should be focusing on is how can I improve the reptile/primitive brain first & the rest should take care of itself. Meditation to calm/ignore/focus the conscious minds ineffectual noise. Diet & exercise so we don’t feel jaded & irritable. Concentrating on feeling great instead of thinking great.

If you look after primitive brain first. Emotional second & mind last perhaps? Does it work going backwards?

I may be completely wrong but this order makes a lot of sense to me.

I’d appreciate your thoughts on the matter.

February 22, 2012 at 7:25 am

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Profile photo of Sasho Stoyanov Anonymous (@) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

So, the survival reflexes we call natural instincts are all the work of the reptile brain?

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Profile photo of Alex Alex (@hollowinfinity) 2 years, 11 months ago ago

Wonder how a platypus thinks.

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