The Reptile Brain: Our Inner Lizard

Introducing¬† the reptile or animal brain. That primal, instinctual part of our brain that’s responsible for all sorts of fun stuff like fight or flight, aggression, and mating. What a wild ride!

So let’s talk about how the reptile brain works. First of all, it’s called the reptile brain because it’s the oldest part of our brain, evolutionarily speaking. It’s the part that we share with reptiles and other ancient animals.

Now, the reptile brain is all about survival. It’s constantly scanning our environment for threats, and when it senses danger, it kicks into high gear. Our heart rate goes up, our muscles tense, and we prepare to either fight or run away.

And let’s be real – sometimes our reptile brain can be a little overzealous in its threat assessment. I mean, have you ever been walking down the street and seen a harmless little puppy, only to have your reptile brain convince you that it’s actually a vicious attack dog? Yeah, that’s the reptile brain at work.

But the reptile brain isn’t just responsible for our fight or flight response. It also controls our basic bodily functions, like breathing, heart rate, and digestion. And, of course, it’s responsible for our sex drive.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Sex drive? That doesn’t sound so bad!” And you’re right, it’s not. But sometimes the reptile brain can get a little carried away in this department. I mean, have you ever been on a date with someone and had your reptile brain start screaming “MATE WITH THIS PERSON IMMEDIATELY!” even though you barely know them? Yeah, that’s the reptile brain again.

So there you have it – a brief overview of the reptile brain and how it works. It’s a little bit like having a tiny, overprotective reptile living inside your head. But hey, we wouldn’t be here without it, so we might as well embrace the madness.

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