Nucleus Accumbens, Arlene discussed on Untangle



But that sort of a sensual for our long-term will being really liked the way that you put that I think of you look at the prefrontal cortex when year, let's say your limbic system or your small child feeling part of you gets triggered. If you're prefrontal cortex is kind of develops. It can comfort that small child without sort of kicking it out in three. And then you become more integrated inbound wet with the problem is that most of us like when I talked about the habit part of the brain. There's aren't just physical habits are also social emotional habits, and that communicates with the prefrontal cortex as well. And so when you're feeling really emotional, you've practiced over the course of your life certain coping habits to help keep those emotions in check to help regulate those emotions somewhat it just happens at some of those coping habits are only good in the short term for helping us feel comforted and not good in long term. And that's what we call. Bad habits are things that only help us in a short term, but don't help us or actually harm us in the long term. But because those parts of the brain started getting programs when we were small children before prefrontal cortex is fully developed when we started those habits of say isolating myself. Whenever I felt down or criticizing myself, whenever I made a mistake that might work in this sort of short term trying gain control of emotions, but they're not initially beneficial in the long term, and yet the port of the brain that engages in those habits makes us feel compelled to engage in those habits is the straight or the habits system that doesn't care about the long-term is just cares about the moment. Only part of the brain that sort of cares about oh, Arlene or long-term well-being or the future is the prefrontal cortex. And so these are often at odds with each other. Or in an argument said speak in that we encounter a situation in part of our stratum says a will let's do it this way. Because that's how we've always done it in the prefrontal cortex says, oh, will let's we should do it this way because that's gonna get us where we want to go and in the nucleus accumbens says look there's cookie. Somewhere in that conversation between those regions are decisions get made in that whole conversation is influence by the emotional circuitry in the brain such that when we are feeling more emotional or stressed out. It decreases the influence of the prefrontal cortex and biases it towards our most deeply ingrained habits or just being impulsive. We're gonna take a little break to give a shout out to our.

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