I love this video created by Russ Harris explaining how our primitive brains respond to the modern world.


Too often we verbally beat ourselves up for how our brains initially react to situations it perceives as threatening. As the video shows, we often come by these automatic responses naturally. The primitive brain can receive signals from the environment in milliseconds.


For those of us hyper-sensitized to anxiety, it’s as if our internal fire alarms are getting set off by shower steam rather than by actual smoke. This is helpful to remind ourselves when we feel ourselves feeling fear in the absence of a clear and present danger.