Your “Lizard Brain” 🦎
Lizard brain ( also known as ‘reptilian brain’ ) is the most primitive part of our brain, where the instincts that warn us of danger when it lurks reside. Actually, this lizard brain is a metaphor for the amygdala, the part of the limbic system which is responsible for processing our emotions. The amygdala is the oldest part of the brain and is hard-wired to take over the brain when it senses danger.
“The lizard brain is the reason you’re afraid, the reason you don’t do all the art you can, the reason you don’t ship when you can. The lizard brain is the source of the resistance.”
~ Seth Godin
This old part of the brain allows us to react to a threat in an immediate and automatic way, without the rest of the brain processing information, thus gaining a split second that has allowed our survival for millions of years.
But amygdala or lizard brain is also responsible for fear, anger and negativity. Sometimes, it’s the part that keeps you from succeeding. It keeps you from trying anything risky or new. It’s the part of you that is telling you to keep a plan B, that your new idea will get you fired or bankrupt or that starting your own business will ruin your life.