Nov 22 2010

Yes, Rage And Fear Are Automatic Responses Triggered By The Sympathetic Nervous System

The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for triggering the “fight, flight, or freeze” reaction in human beings.

As you can see from the image at left, the sympathetic nervous system functions to activate the major organs identified, especially the heart, lungs and adrenal glands.

As you may know, the adrenal glands produce adrenaline (its other name is epinephrine).
Adrenaline is only our friend when we have to fight, escape or hide from big scary things, like our ancestors.

The big problem for contemporary humans is when the big scary things in our lives are actually our husbands, wives, parents, bosses…I think you get the idea.

If someone we think should love or care about us attacks us verbally, physically, or sexually, our emotional brain will sense the threat and trigger the production of enough adrenaline to prepare us to fight to the death.

And, our emotional brain will store and code that memory so it becomes part of the emotional warning system of that person.

So, yes, it’s too much adrenaline and it is often automatic.

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