5 – Emotions, Feelings and Hormones

The Emotion & Hormone Centre of the brain

Emotions, feeling and hormones come from the limbic system. This part of the brain includes the amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus, thalamus to name but a few. It looks a little bit like the Star Ship Enterprise, for those of you who remember Star Trek – a series that predates Star Wars when good guys still ran the Federation.

This area of the brain is responsible for emotions and hormones, such as love and oxytocin, sex and the gonadotrophins, the amygdala – which triggers rage, hippocampus relating to memory especially spatial memory. Emotions are important, they bring signals from the body and from the environment and send out responses through hormones and behaviours. Emotions help interpret people interpret their hormonal responses, whether it is being attracted to someone, frightened by them, angered or wanting to nurture a child, and feeling hungry or thirsty. The cortex, or outer crust, especially the front part is responsible for modifying how people respond to their limbic system. Emotions are a vital part of being human or even a mammal or bird, but it is equally important not to be overwhelmed by them.

For further information and to learn more about MoodMapping, you can buy the book MoodMapping by Dr Liz Miller, on Amazon

and watch the YouTube video

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