1998 - 2001 (David B. Givens/Center for Nonverbal Studies)

Detail of illustration from Mapping the Mind (Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1998)

1998 - 2001 (David B. Givens/Center for Nonverbal Studies)

Detail of illustration from Mapping the Mind (Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1998)

Brain. 1. An almond-shaped neuro structure involved in producing and responding to nonverbal signs of anger, avoidance, defensiveness, and fear. 2. A small mass of gray matter that inspires aversive cues, such as the freeze reaction, sweaty palms, and the tense-mouth display. 3. A primeval arousal center, originating in early fishes, which is central to the expression of negative emotions in man. Usage: Many gestures reflect the amygdala's turmoil. In an anxious meeting, e.g., we may unconsciously flex our arms, lean away, or angle away from colleagues who upset us. Lip, neck, and shoulder muscles may tense as the amygdala activates brain-stem circuits designed to produce protective facial expressions (see, e.g., TENSE-MOUTH) and protective postures (see, e.g., BOW and CROUCH). The amygdala also prompts releases of adrenaline and other hormones into the blood stream, thus stepping-up an avoider's response and disrupting the control of rational thought.

Some of you may have been involved in an automobile accident at one time. And now, when you have a close call, your body is given a shot of adrenaline, and you can still hear the clanging of the metal from the previous accident. Others of you may have suffered intense embarrassment at the hands of a certain individual - and when you see someone that reminds you of that person, you experience the same feelings of embarrassment once again. Your pulse races, your hands sweat, and a reddish blush comes over your complexion. These are the activities of the amygdala - which because of its peculiar appearance is called "almond" in the Greek language. It short circuits the higher levels of the brain and gives an almost instantaneous reaction to a perceived danger.

Is the short circuiting action of the amygdala bad? Not necessarily, when it performs its function in the proper context. Suppose that you were walking along and suddenly saw a snake. Without the amygdala functioning, the knowledge that a snake was about to strike would be sent to the higher brain and it might think, "I do believe that there is a snake about ready to strike - perhaps I should jump out of the way - I will send a signal to the muscles to do that." By that time, it might be too late to avoid being bitten by the serpent. However, the amygdala drastically speeds up the response time to be almost instantaneous from the recognition of danger to the jumping away from the snake.

The amygdala is often called the emotional brain. It can cause us to react by emotions rather than by the result of logical thought. This becomes a real problem when it causes phobias and anxieties when there is no real danger. However, frequently, as a result of traumas or bad experiences, thought patterns are pre-programmed into the amygdala, and people will find themselves doing things and reacting in ways that make no real sense - and yet - it is very real to them. It is as pointed out above, the amygdala "hijacks" the normal functioning of the brain. When this happens, individuals are malfunctioning in the outer court realm of the reptilian brain. We see young mothers and fathers that have no love for their children - it is as though their brain only operates in the outer court -reptilian brain.

MAT 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

Truly, in the latter days, love shall wax cold - cold as a cold blooded reptile in its characteristics. For the outer court is the court of the law - it a weak and beggarly law and demands a sacrifice as atonement. And for us, Yahshua, our Savior, offered the sacrifice of the innocent Lamb and love overcame hate.

Amygdala Hijack Illustration

The routes from sensation to action are depicted in this brain. The journey begins with sensation — in this case vision — which is routed to the thalamus. The thalamus acts as "air traffic controller" to keep the signals moving. In a typical situation, the thalamus directs the impulse to the cortex — in this case the visual cortex — for processing. The cortex "thinks" about the impulse and makes sense. "Aha," it says, "this is an exclamation mark! It means I should get excited." That signal is then sent to the amygdala where a flood of peptides and hormones are released to create emotion and action.



EXO 21:24 Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,

25 Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

HEB 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

1CO 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

LUK 21:26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

So, fear is one of the main mechanisms that the enemy uses to keep mankind in bondage. For the world - and even some Christians - would tell us that "death and taxes are inevitable". But, the scriptures tell us that we are not chained to this bondage - but because of the love of Jesus we are free indeed. How many times in scripture have we been told to "fear not!" Note that it is not flesh and blood that we are wrestling with - but it is a spirit of bondage and a spirit of fear. And only when we are fully saturated in the belief that nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus, can we look death in the eye and say, "I have nothing to fear from you." Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. We use the almond rod to part the sea.

ROM 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

2TI 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

1JO 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.


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  • Syed
    Can reading the bible cause amagylda hijack?
    8 years ago

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