We are all susceptible to the amygdala hijack. It happened to me the other day when my husband accused me of being overly sensitive. I have heard that before. As a child I was overly sensitive, and then I became sensitive about being sensitive. It wasn’t helpful behaviour for building self-confidence.
I learned the other day from Dr. Donald Mihaloew, a speaker at the ADR conference in Red Deer, that memory (in my case, all those childhood insecurities) is stored in your hippocampus. Your amygdale (there are 2 of them, one for each side of the brain) decide what to do with the signals that arrive, after some short consultation with the hippocampus. It might look like this:
If there is poor information in your hippocampus, you might receive some poor feedback, and do something impulsive you regret.
But you can do something about it.
- Suspend your judgment.
- Normalize the amygdale hijiack – yes, this happens to everyone.
- Focus on the future and the positive. Interrupt your train of thought, and change the direction.
I am working on it.