The Primitive Mind

Have you ever wondered why seemingly smart or balanced people do crazy things or have out of control responses?

You may be surprised to learn that the primitive mind or the limbic brain plays a huge role in the decisions we make based on survival, emotions and memory that is stored. Sensations, emotions, and thoughts are responses to the data that is coming into the mind. This creates behavior or action. Our senses bring in data from inside or from outside of our bodies. The human mind can remember what has been imagined in the way of what we call stored data or memory.

Dr. Jon Connelly founder and creator of Rapid Resolution Therapy or RRT® helps us to understand the similarities of people’s primitive minds working in a similar fashion to an animal’s mind.

“Animals respond to data as events are taking place. If a zebra is thinking about a lion, there is a lion within sight of the zebra. Fear makes the zebra flee from the lion. Anger causes zebra to attack the other zebra that is trying to mount his mate. As soon as the other zebra flees, there is no longer any anger. When a bunny is safely down the rabbit hole away from the approaching fox, fear shuts off. Fear and anger are the most powerful emotional responses to a perceived threat. When an animal experiences a sensation they become immediately stronger, more alert and motivated to take an action. It turns on when useful and shuts off when not.

For humans when a feeling is created to generate an action and there is no action taking place, then the feeling is experienced as painful. One problem is that these actions are not appropriate even at the time of the experience they are being generated in response to what is taking place. The other and perhaps even bigger problem is that the feelings can continue to be generated when the event is no longer taking place.”

Some people, even some therapists would suggest that the solution is to “get the feeling out” but this is not the case. Usually when one is “getting anger out” he might be getting other people angry and this of course causes them to act in ways that create new anger. Even if he is “getting anger out” buy screaming into a pillow, it is not much of a solution. There is not a feeling that is stuck that needs to be let out. It is the way people’s minds have been misreading data.

What’s Going On
Our culture and the advanced part of our human minds (frontal lobe) have evolved, while our primitive mind (amygdala) and our nervous systems has remained on about the same level as a zebra. The human mind stores information and also creates data by attaching meaning to experiences, as well as by imagining. The human mind can remember what has been imagined. If we see meaning in something, then what we see is distorted but the meanings that our minds attach to the data that disturbs us is likely to be even more deeply distorted. The primitive part of the mind can confuse the data that was disturbing This can be problematic if the past data gets stuck around something that was disturbing and now is close to incoming data about a particular event, it can get read as similar.

Dr. Connelly gives us an example of “the combat veteran who dove under his living room couch when he heard the firecracker go off in his yard. The sound of the firecracker had enough in common with the sound of the guns that his mind began to read the data about the battle that was stored as if it was incoming. In this extreme example the mind was no longer reading incoming data. He was no longer seeing his wife’s photograph on the wall or his dog a few feet in front of him. In a milder example perhaps he just says “ I don’t like hearing those firecrackers because they remind me of things that happened during the war”.

A better solution might be to recognize that the experience is not happening and therefore does not exist and therefore poses no threat. The solution is to clear what was problematic in order to cause the mind at a deeper level to be updated. Rapid Resolution Therapy is an integrative approach that clears the negative effects from painful life experiences gently and painlessly. The client realizes with all facets of their mind (frontal lobe-logic & amygdala-feelings) that the event is finished and gone. Blocked energy is released, and negative emotions and habits are replaced with energy and positive feelings. Change is automatic and lasting. If you have been dealing with troubling emotions or behaviors, we are here to help. Contact us at 561-741-4181 or to book a private session with Dr. Jon Connelly or click here to to find an RRT practitioner in your area.