a guide to
the two-part brain

A Guide to
the two-part brain

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

The trauma of childhood sexual abuse can affect the way that your brain functions. For our purposes, we focus on two parts of the brain: the limbic system and the prefrontal cortex.

THE LIMBIC SYSTEM

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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

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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.

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