Amygdala... the part of the brain that process emotions, positive and negative and is better known for its role in processing fearful and anxious emotions...… There are two of them amygdalas, not emotions), and I MAY have 3 or 4...JUST SAYIN
This small part of my brain processes my phobias and fears that have been with me since I was 2 years old. My Phobias and I are best friends. Claustrophobia is one. Tight spaces, elevators, dark small rooms, closets and even if someone holds my arms tight so I can't move.
Research shows by age 25 adults think with the prefrontal lobe, the rational one.
Evidently My brain is till a teenager and thinks with the Amygdala...
Recently I went with a friend to visit a friend, 4 floors of condos.
Enter Lobby door,
push 3 buttons,
owner pushes button.
I have seen this in movies, but have never
Stepped out, looked both ways and see the hall like above,
stretching in either direction.
We need the 3rd floor.
The elevator door opens to A Tiny Square Box, that might hold 4 people, packed tightly. I hold my breath. It opens on 3rd floor and my Amygdala is hijacked, a mild sense of panic that I try to hide from my friend, who is tough, she is an army veteran and has no idea what Amygdala Brain Is.
We step off, I look both ways and SEE the Same 2 halls.
If you have guessed the condo we need is
THE LAST ONE at the end of the hall, you are right
. She takes off walking fast, I keep up in case I need protection.
I manage to walk without panting, and we step inside this gorgeous condo with sweeping views out glass doors. I should be feeling better, but as we sit down I realize there is ONLY ONE WAY OUT.
I sit at the table and stare at the kitchen stove and think What if it catches fire. The stove wasn't even ON...
I wonder in my head if they have a fire ladder and where they keep it if they do. A knife to cut the screen?
(today I am not worried about serial killers coming in the ONLY Door, because there are 3 adult women, 2 teenage girls and a hubby)
Keep in mind, The only motel I will stay in is ground floor, park in front of the door and it must have front door and either back door or a big window....MUST HAVE at least 2 Exits.
My research showed, ALL the fearful emotions are in that one tiny little part of the brain, the list can be limitless. OH NO! there might be MORE than what I have thought of?
AT LEAST NOW I KNOW THE REASON I HAVE PHOBIAS. MY BRAIN NEVER GREW UP PAST AGE 25, WHICH WAS FIFITY YEARS AGO....you know the part that would not let my hand or foot hang off the bed for fear something would grab it.