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Re-Wire Your Brain’s Response to Danger

Re-Wire Your Brain’s Response to Danger

By: Ryan Seely

Neuroscientists would argue that risk takers behave more irrationally… no matter how great the risk to self. Do you have a “lizard brain?” Well, you sort of do. The more primitive parts of the human brain — the brain stem, cerebellum, and basal ganglia — are shared by lizards and humans. Charmingly, humans and lizards both inherited these parts of our brain from fish.

For this context, it also serves the primal survival urge of fight-or-flight. (It also handles mating but that’s a topic for another time.) In other words, as author Seth Godin puts it, your lizard brain “is hungry, scared, selfish, and horny.”

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