How Traumatic Experiences Affect Us

To fully understand how neglectful or traumatic experiences affect human beings, we need to understand some things about our brains.

The key player is the limbic system, which is an intricate network of structures located in the brain beneath the cerebral cortex (the brain’s outer layer, composed of folded gray matter, which plays a vital role in consciousness). Composed of four main parts, the hypothalamus, the amygdala, the thalamus, and the hippocampus—the system controls our basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and, as such, drives hunger, sex, and caring for children. It’s involved with instinct, mood, motivation, and emotional behavior.

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What Trauma Does to a Brain
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To fully understand how neglectful or traumatic experiences affect human beings, we need to understand some things about our brains.
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