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Helen Kramer

Helen Kramer

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Helen Kramer
My Theory of Emotional Dyslexia

In my book "Liberating the Adult Within" I explained that the brain misreads stress as danger and immediately a signal goes to its primitive, fight or flight center…the “reptilian brain.” This is a physiological reflex meant to protect us in times of real danger so that we can react quickly, without being delayed by thinking and contemplating. Unfortunately, we have not evolved sufficiently and our brains often misread stress as danger. Under stress our emotions are often "hijacked" and we find ourselves literally with the brain power of a small child. We are physiologically unable to access our adult brain. We react to stress with melodrama, victimization, fear, anger or withdrawal, foreclosing opportunities for genuine contact and communication.
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