Flight or Flight… and Think

The amygdala is the organ in the brain that is the “fight or flight” self-protection system from danger. It alerts us to stress and wants to protect us. It serves as our instinctual center. The amygdala works so quickly, that is often serves us best to take a breath and observe our emotions as best we can. Then we can be assured we are moving intentionally on the right path.

The “brakes” for the release of the stress hormones of cortisol and adrenalin is the Prefrontal cortex, our thinking brain. The Prefrontal cortex is responsible for decision making, planning, and mediating our social identity. Learning to control fear is accomplished by neutralizing the fear, worry and anxiety with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) skills.

CBT is a practice to pause and evaluate thought and behavior patterns. Through this work, the aim is to replace negative cognitions such as fear and worry with those that serve us better. This will encourage the balance of instincts with your positive thoughts. Remember that “What we cultivate in our mind grows.” Take a moment and ask yourself:

What thought patterns are holding me back? What am I most worried about? What in my life do I want to cultivate? In what ways would life change if I altered your perception and attitude? 

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Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor

Dr. Mike Klaybor brings thirty years of experience in practicing counseling psychology with individuals and couples. His approach is cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT. Specific specialties include; anxiety and stress management, chronic pain & chronic illness management, depression, substance abuse evaluations, employee assistance and executive coaching for workplace performance and leadership.