Subconscious Mind and the Limbic System

Neuroscience and Neurology CategoryI once thought the brain was only a big cerebral cortex. I never thought that there is the little guy hidden underneath with such a dynamic function and prominent role in human behavior. When we talk about the brain, most people often imagine the big cerebral cortex that is responsible for out cognitive functions such as analyzing, thinking, memorizing, and etc. Our perception is that brain functions are all about abstract mind function. But there are other functions that we seldom realize in our lives that the small brain is responsible for.

Our uncensored behavior often stems from the functions of the limbic system. And this system is an interesting organ driven by the pure logic of pain and pleasure. It subconsciously affects our behavior in the pattern of emotional response. It responds to pleasure by an inner peace. It also reacts to threats by an instinct for a survival mode. In fact, the only language it speaks is fear or peace.

Another intriguing aspect of the limbic system is that it feeds off of your emotion. The stronger your feeling is toward a certain events or experience, the stronger it reacts to that particular emotion. It is quite conceivable that we can even train human behavior by manipulating this simple behavioral aspect of your lower brain.

  • Arjun Gupta

    This is taught by buddhist meditation technique called ” Vipassana”. The whole idea is to reach the stage where you can feel the sensations, that you fear/dislike or feel at peace with or like, correlating certain emotions with them. Then we are supposed to learn to neglect it slowly, till a stage is reached where these sensations and so emotions have no meaning at all, i.e., they don’t produce any fear or at peace feeling. Thereby reprogramming us of our likes and dislikes and making us neutral. Though it seems vegetative it’s not, it usually is supposed to help in crisis by making you calm and in success by not letting it get to your head. Pleasure commenting.

  • Nethome

    I am not aware of such sources and did not intent to associate it with religious technique. I got my knowledge from scientific research done in recent years. BUt perhaps existence of such technique point this article to the right direction. Thanks for your input.

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Jonathan You

Jonathan You is a writer/pastor with a keen interest in science, especially in the area of metaphysics. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and Fuller Theological Seminary. Apart from his writing career, he spend much time preparing for seminars and lectures for his ministry. He runs a series of Successful Christian Living, which involves research on how the human mind works in relations to believer’s success.

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