What Happens in the Brain When You Don’t Feel Safe

“For decades, scientists have talked about the stress response as sort of the brain’s panic button: A perceived threat activates the alarm system, ratcheting up cortisol, speeding your heart rate, and shunting blood from your internal organs to your limbs so you can fight or flee. But newer theories question that common thinking: As a brain pattern, the stress response isn’t activated, but rather always on.”

Learn more about how your brain responds to the “uncertainty of safety” and safety-boosting suggestions that helps “convince your prefrontal cortex to rein in the stress response.”


Elemental: Writer Andrea Bartz

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