In regard to the mention of electrical activity creating strong emotion, it is important to know chemicals in your body (neurotransmitters) play a huge role in your feelings.
Your brain is divided into three parts and is made up of around 100 billion nerves cells. Your hindbrain and midbrain deal with physical functions, while your forebrain (the cortex or gray matter) works rationally and consciously to decide appropriate reactions to stimuli.
In the forebrain is the Limbic system, which is your emotional center. It contains your amygdalae, which are tiny, bean-shaped organs responsible for deciding whether stimuli is worthy of an emotional reaction or not. While other parts of your brain react rationally to stimuli, the amygdalae often simply react to stimuli according to your memories. Sometimes, the Limbic system triggers emotional responses that surprise us when the two parts of the cortex, the rational, thinking part and the emotional part disagree on a proper response.
The brain is made up of about 100 billion nerve cells. The gap between each cell is called a synapse. Messages are relayed around the brain and to and from the rest of the body by neurotransmitters leap frogging across synapses from one cell to another. These chemical messages tell a cell what to do or not to do next.
What you feel, as far as your emotions are concerned is determined by how well your messages are being sent and received. For example, anxiety, phobias, mania an depression are associated with having too little of the neurotransmitter serotonin.
Why is this important to know? Because your emotions don't come first. A physical reaction comes first. An emotion is what you get when your body has physically reacted to something. And, Highly Sensitive People physically react more than most.
For example, your first warning of fear will come through your senses. When you see, hear, smell, taste, or touch something scary or threatening your body reacts first. Your emotions follow. So, on of the best ways to reduce stress is to calm your amygdalae, particularly one of them.
Your amygdalae are two tiny, prehistoric organs in your brain that are responsible for regulating your emotions, which I whimsically refer to as your inner fish. The amygdalae of Highly Sensitive People tend to be hardwired for fear. Hence, the experience of sensitivity.
My e-book, Calming Your Inner Fish, provides everything you need to know to calm your amygdalae and erase anxiety, panic, phobias and mild depression.
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Mari J. Dionne ~ CHP, CLC
Whirligigs ~ Testicles
Accoucheur ~ A male mid-wife.
Kingsevil ~ A disease or swelling of the cervical lymph nodes.
Valitudinary ~ Subject to sickness; crazy.
Chime-Child ~ A child born on Sunday who was immune to witchcraft, could see ghosts, and was a natural healer.
Periblepsis ~ A delirious stare of the eyes.
Wormland ~ A churchyard.
Green-Sickness ~ A disease incident to virgins; sickly paleness, with green tint of complexion.
Tissek or Tissicky Cough ~ A tickling faint cough.
Multiplying Medicine ~ An elixer of the alchemists, used in making and multiplying gold.
Peat-Reek-Whisky ~ Highland whiskey, distilled over peat fires.
Belly-Brussen ~ A distended stomach or having a protuberant stomach.
Oint ~ To smear with an unctuous substance (usually having to do with painting or disguising something).
Farbed-Up ~ Confused
Nyctobasis ~ Somnambulism; to walk in one's sleep.
Roozles ~ Wretchedness of mind and body.
Coolth ~ Coolness (opposite of warmth).
Pharmacopolist ~ An apothecary.
Laver ~ To wash (before dinner).
Gothicism ~ To be rude or rudeness.
Desuetude ~ Lack of use.
Splay the Bream ~ To cut up that fish.
Doctor of Skill ~ A physician.
Pimpish ~ Dainty in the matter of food (taking in small quantities.)
Dendranthoplology ~ The theory that man sprang from trees.
Fash ~ Care, trouble, anxiety.
Satisfy Colon ~ To satisfy one's hunger.
Neurasthenia ~ Debility or impairment of the nerves.
Trollibags ~ The intestines.
Cothish ~ Faint, sickly, ailing.
Fogo ~ A disagreeable stink or smell.
With Squirrel ~ Pregnant
Pottinger ~ A cook, apothecary, druggist (Scotland).
Pomster ~ A quack doctor; to treat illness without knowledge or skill.
Bleflummery ~ Vain imaginings.
Venefice ~ A practice of poisoning.
Fish-Whole ~ As sound as a fish or healthy.
Weaponsalve ~ A salve that was supposed to cure the wound by applying it to the weapon that caused it.
Overset ~ To recover from mental shock.
Fordolked ~ Wounded.
Witchify ~ To bewitch.
Wamblecropped ~ Humiliated
Naufrage ~ Shipwreck
Peffle ~ In a nervous state.
Measondue ~ A hospital or poor house.
Dead-Nip ~ A blue mark on the body not caused by an injury or any known cause...sometimes called a witch's nip.
Sadly On ~ Expressing that a person is ill or in a bad way.
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