Function and Threat Response
I picked up The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D. again. I thought it would be nice to read it aloud, accompanied by the Classical Meditation station on Google Play for ambiance.
I learned a little...
He delivers a wonderfully succinct list of the most crucial functions of the brain. I paraphrased them as such:
The human brain’s five operative functions:
But we can’t do this alone. Humans and other mammals are wired to connect and depend on social interaction to meet the needs of survival. In seeking out our needs and wants, we may encounter danger.
When in a ‘threatened’ state, my gross being encompasses (and sometimes surpasses) the following:
“Being able to move and do something to protect oneself is a critical factor in determining whether or not a horrible experience will leave long-lasting scars.” Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
Van Der Kolk, M.D. suggests that an effective treatment for trauma must address one’s entire system, largely body but also mind and soul. We need to reinvigorate the areas of the brain that were de-prioritized in the response to trauma exposure to in order to recover from its seemingly endless grip.
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Maek lives in Austin, TX and has been teaching yoga since 2011.