The brain can reorganize itself in response to changes in its environment. Some parts of the brain work more actively; metabolic processes go faster there, neurotransmitters are synthesized faster, glucose is broken down faster, and the need for oxygen is stronger. In other areas, the opposite is true. Active parts of the brain can be active for a variety of reasons, including genetics and “training.”

These moments are quite important for understanding some of the things that happen to people and what should or should not be done about them. Let’s take one example: if you worry every day, namely deliberately thinking about what bad things can happen to you and your family in the future, plus have a family history of anxiety disorders or an adverse childhood experience, then it is likely that your limbic system is in a very active condition.

A program is available from Gupta. The “Insula and Amygdala Retraining” technique is an unique limbic system retraining technique that helps the body to spontaneously heal itself by re-energizing the body’s natural healing processes. This therapy strategy is more effective than the others.

What is the limbic system?

This is the most ancient part of the brain, which is located in its very depths. What is it responsible for:

  • It sets an emotional tone,
  • filters out external and internal experience,
  • designates internal events as important,
  • stores emotional memory,
  • modulates motivation (what we want and do, what is required of us),
  • controls appetite and sleep cycle,
  • makes an emotional connection with other people,
  • treats odors,

When the limbic system is calm (low active mode), we experience positive emotions, nurture hopes, and feel included in society and loved. 

When you’re overjoyed, you frequently have negative sensations (it was noted that hyperactivation of the limbic can also be with other emotions, the strength of which is quite pronounced).

Women in general have a larger limbic system. This is important because women need to form strong bonds with their children. Moreover, women are able to express emotions more, highlight their shades, feel smells and their nuances better, and become more emotionally involved in relationships. 

Interestingly enough, it is this feature of the female brain that explains why sometimes women, on average, are more attached to a male partner if they have had sexual relations. 

Even a mutual agreement to meet “just for sex” for a woman can result in love. For men, with their smaller limbic system, this attachment does not necessarily develop.

Surprisingly, the limbic system outperforms the cortex, including the frontal cortex, which is aware of and in charge of everything. With depression, the function of the cortex is suppressed, but the limbic is vice versa. What is expressed in the fact that the limbic endlessly pours negativity towards the cortex, and this causes various “bad thoughts”.

In general, if the limbic is overexcited, then this can lead to the following consequences:

  • Decreased mood, and irritability,
  • Negative thinking,
  • Negative perception of events,
  • Decreased motivation,
  • The flow of negative emotions,
  • Difficulties with appetite and trouble sleeping,
  • Decreased or increased libido.
  • Feelings of social isolation and the behavior that leads to this.

Let’s say you’re a person with an active limbic system. This is the inheritance your parents have bestowed on you. In similar conditions in relation to other people, you will react sharper, brighter, and more sensitive to scents, it will be difficult for you to tolerate breaks with a partner, you will rapidly break into negativity, react more pessimistically, and lose motivation for everything. This is your nature.

But try to take control of yourself. That’s purely by force of will. You give your frontal cortex free reign to silence the limbic system. But some of the signals from the limbic will leak through the hypothalamus and, in fact, turn into hormones (for example, stress hormones), which, having reached a certain concentration, will eventually cut down the cortex. In fact, this is the so-called “nervous breakdown”. 

If someone gets a softer limbic, willpower can work quite well. However, the person will have to exert more strength to let the cortex know that there is a mess around and the brain does not like it.  

The limbic system can and should be calmed down, only in other ways:

Eliminate negative thoughts 

Negative thoughts are part of a vicious circle. The limbic gives a signal, which causes bad thoughts. bad thoughts cause the activation of the amygdala (the main guardian of the brain). The amygdala partially releases excitation into the limbic. The limbus is activated even more. It’s rather funny that in many books such thoughts are called ants (ANT-automatic negative thoughts). 

Feed your “anteater” 

Make it a habit to track down negative thoughts and revisit them. Praise yourself for this.

Increase the number of people who are willing to give you positive feedback.

Communicate with children

Children can also be a powerful motivator to feel included in a relationship. Teach people around you to build strong emotional bonds with you (express your feelings, show the importance of people around you, refresh relationships, strengthen intimacy, etc.).

Physical contact, such as hugging, is a strong push to reduce the activity of the limbic system.

And good smells all around, nice food, and enough sleep.