Lizard-Brain

According to Sophie Kinsella’s novel: Finding Audrey, I might consider myself have a lizard brain which is better to be ignored but in fact, I listen to them the most. Alright, what is lizard-brain then?

Its called lizard brain because we all had one of these even when we were lizards, apparently. It’s like, prehistoric. And its really hard to control, but the lizard brain is the worst. It basically tells your body what to do through chemicals and electrical signals. It does not wait for evidence and it doesn’t think, it just has instincts. Your lizard brain is totally not rational or reasonable: all it wants to do is protect you

For example, from the novel:

So I can tell myself rationally that talking to Linus in the same room and everything will be fine. No worries. What’s the problem? A conversation. What could be dangerous about a conversation?

But my stupid lizard brain is all, like, “Red alert! Danger! Run away! Panic! Panic!” And it’s pretty loud and convincing. And my body tends to listen to it, not to me. So that’s the bummer.

Every muscle in my body is taut. My eyes are flicking around in fear. If you saw me now you’d think there was a dragon in the room. My lizard brain is in overdrive. And even though I’m telling myself frantically to ignore the stupid lizard brain, it’s kind of hard when you have a prehistoric reptile banging away inside your head, yelling “Run!”

Yup. Lizard-brain produces panics and panics without knowing why. In this term, my panic is defined as feeling guilty. Well, when you feel guilty then you’ll be panic, don’t you?

Let me tell you who is Audrey first.

Audrey is a girl that has an anxiety disorder and depression due to an accident which the author did not tell us detailed till the end of the page. She wears dark glasses to avoid eyes contact.

Most people underestimate eyes. For a start they’re powerful. They have range. You focus on someone thirty metres away, through a whole bunch of people, and they know you’re looking at them. What other bit of human anatomy can do that?

 

The point is, Audrey has a-very-low self-esteem. And her therapist told her that it was because

You get self-obsessed
.
“When we suffer prolonged anxiety, we have a tendency to become self-obsessed…You believe the whole world is thinking about you constantly. You believe the world is judging you and talking about you
The more you engage with the outside world, the more you’ll be able to turn down the volume on those worries. You’ll see that they’re unfounded. You’ll see that the world is a very busy and varied place and most people have the attention span of a gnat. They’ve already forgotten what happened.
They don’t think about it.”
.

In the end of novels, Dr Sarah (Audrey’s Therapist) told us how to control our lizard-brain:

“I’ve come to think of my lizard brain as basically a version of Felix. It’s totally random and makes no sense and you can’t let it run your life. If we let Felix run our lives, we’d all wear superhero costumes all day long and eat nothing but ice-cream. But if you try to fight Felix, all you get is wails and screams and tantrums, and it all gets more and more stressy. So the thing is to listen to him with half an ear and nod your head and then ignore him and do what you want to do. Same with the lizard brain.”

Felix is a 4 yo boy.

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