The Limbic System

The limbic system is also called the “primitive brain.” It’s three prime directives are survival, avoiding pain, and seeking pleasure.

The Prefrontal Cortex

The prefrontal cortex is also called the “rational brain.” It’s the moral, logical part of the brain.


  • Childhood trauma affects your brain and throws your limbic system into overdrive, causing you to have triggering experiences even when you aren’t in imminent danger.

  • Your prefrontal cortex and your limbic system can learn to work together, with the prefrontal cortex making the decisions.

  • Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event. In the short-term, denial is typical, but in the long-term it can lead to unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships, and even physical symptoms.

  • Recognize the trauma voice. Understand where the voice is coming from. Learn to just “let IT be” without giving undo attention.

  • Chronic stress fills our bodies with stress hormones, which impede healthy growth. Stress hormones counteract our natural healing response.

  • By utilizing the 5 Strategies to Reclaim Hope you can rewire your brain to deal with trauma in a healthy way.

Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.Santiago Ramón y Cajal
Any man could, if he were so inclined, be the sculptor of his own brain.Santiago Ramón y Cajal
SUGGESTED READING:
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van Der Kolk
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