(If your lizard brain could talk candidly)
I’m like the night watchman. Ever vigilant for every strange noise or intruder who might pose a threat.
I’m like a child who hearing a noise imagines monsters under my bed.
Reasoning with me doesn’t work too well, because I’m sort of like a robot. I’m programmed.
My programming starts in the womb and even takes some routines from our collective genetic legacy.
I fire up your survival instincts whenever a threat is perceived.
A threat is anything that reminds me of an earlier threat or traumatic or overwhelming experience.
I will “protect” anything you are identified with such as family or groups you belong to or belongings.
I have a difficult time differentiating. I tend to equate things that your rational mind would not.
I have the power to short circuit your rational reasonable frontal lobe brain if I perceive the threat as great enough.
Most of the time my impulses are subtle, too subtle for your reasoning brain to catch.
I make sure you’re paying attention to me so I can warn you of any possible threat.
How I keep you safe:
I help you stay inside the box, away from anything that seems outside our ‘comfort zone’
I point out objects and others to blame and project upon when you are frustrated, scared or angry.
I convince you that you are not responsible for your feelings or your state or your actions.
I give you great ““reasons” to be angry and vindictive.
I teach you to be wary of anyone too “different” than you.
I make you feel that your group or your beliefs are the best or only true ones.
I help you believe you are needy or weak or lacking.
I help you think you are better or superior than others.
I advise you to “get yours” before the other guy does.
An excerpt from the upcoming book: Integration & Your Lizard Brain