You may have heard of Ivan Pavlov and his dogs and how he created a conditioned response in the dogs. Basically, what he did was the following: He brought food to a dog and of course, the dog began to
Primary and secondary fear What first scares the amygdala is often termed as the initial or primary fear. They are unthinking, instinctive responses that we have. The response or secondary fear is the way we feel about the primary fear.
The anatomy of anxiety Before I explain why you become “anxious”, I will, first of all, explain the anatomy of how your stress system works. The amygdala is our primitive mind and it goes back as far as we go
Primitive thinking (the cognition of the amygdala) The thinking of the amygdala is primitive thinking. We are not the only species involved in thinking. We tend to associate cognition with imagination, language and imagery but the more primitive thinking happens
Anxiety can be best described as an adrenalin / fearful thinking loop. So, both thinking and the physical symptoms of a heightened release of adrenalin are present.Anxiety is a normal reaction when a person is under threat. The physical symptoms