Understanding this anatomy isn’t important to relating to what I am pointing at. The physiology is not either. If you see the interaction though of the anatomy and the mechanisms the physiology is responsible for, you will see what I’m trying to convey.
The neocortex or the new brain as it is referenced as because it plays a major role in the cognitive differences between man and other mammals and is newer in the chronological development of man separates us from other mammals. The four lobes of the neocortex are the frontal, parietal temporal and occipital and they encompass the surface of the brain and surround the underlying Limbic system which in turn envelop the medulla oblongata and the brain stem.
The Limbic system is shaped like a donut. It rests above the brain stem or the reptilian brain which infers to its primal functions.
This is a very simple appreciation for displaying cognitive function in the brain. The anatomy is daunting to look at in whole. I am simply pointing at certain structures that are part of a bigger community of anatomy that play a role in our emotional make up.
The following are some of the anatomy found in the Limbic system that I single out as they are significant to the topic of mental health and some of the things they are responsible for: the hypothalamus plays a role in feeling exhilarated, angry or unhappy. The amygdala which plays a role in emotional responses, the cingulate gyrus plays a role in regulation of aggressive behavior, the hippocampus plays a role in regulating hormones dealing with arousal and mental focus.
There are areas that specifically correlate to the interaction between the neocortex and the Limbic system which infers they both play a role in the emotions we feel and the actions we do or don’t do that because of the emotions we feel. There are other areas of anatomy in the Limbic system that play a role in objective and subjective capabilities which reference the concept of actually being aware of whether you insult someone or compliment someone by your behavior ie the observing ego.
It is known through magnetic resonance imaging MRI that the Limbic system the frontal lobes along with other areas of the brain interact with each other and have pathways designed to communicate feelings of shame, guilt, remorse. Our ability or inability to perceive those emotions in a normal way, exaggerated way, depressed way or not at all are simply because of the development of certain brain anatomy or damaged in the Limbic system. Their is also the effects of neuro modulators (Acetylcholine) and neurotransmitters (dopamine) that are effected in ways that alter the proper use of them in the brain. They exaggerate or diminish feelings or behavior.
What I’m about to point at is some fact and some projection.
The Limbic system is molded or developed in our childhood from the examples we incur mostly from parental figures. This is a bedrock, so to say, that is part of the foundation of our psyche. The frontal lobe is molded also from our childhood but the ability to manipulate that area of emotion and action is more easily demonstrated then the emotions from the Limbic system. If you think of the Frontal Lobe as conscious thought and the Limbic system as subconscious thought you can visualize what I’m saying.
We then use our frontal lobe as away of navigating through the superficial challenges we face in day to day living. We may be upset but we don’t let that effect us or we over ride those feelings to better serve ourself.
However when we are confronted with situations that trigger emotions from the Limbic system they have a stronger hold on us. The are close to the primal instincts of the reptilian brain or the brain stem which controls vital functions like breathing, heart rate and so on. We can feel the restraint of the temporal lobe decision making when we are struggling with our emotions but the engrained pattern on our Limbic system from our childhood will win that arm wrestle or tug of war between the two.
So as someone who has had proper childhood and has a Limbic function predicated on a “normal” or functional childhood will react completely different then the adult raised in a traumatic childhood or dysfunctional childhood.
The self will of restraint seems not so much a mechanism of choice in this light but a matter of childhood construction centered around the ability to use coping mechanisms centered around socially acceptable means or the destructive or counter productive measures hidden in the childhood development of a Limbic system.
With any appreciation of that information, you may say or think “what is the point”.
If you can see how in order to deal with individuals who have antisocial behavior the challenge is not using incarceration of feelings of guilt on the frontal lobe as way of changing behavior. It is more a matter of understanding how to address the Limbic system in rehabilitation .
The Limbic system experiencing a genisis or a plasty, ie growth or repair not by a verbal or thinking action. It’s done through a visual axiom that is a process of group therapy which can be found in any 12 step program or therapeutic practice.
What is most prevalent though is identifying the area of retarded growth in the individual and using a visual technique that will demonstrate the specific area of behavior. Diagnosis of that behavior is important in using the correct visual techniques in repairing it. Other wise you are gambling on the possibility of chance in the correct area damaged being addressed in a group therapy.
There could also can be specific video formats derived to treat certain anomalies of behavior with a visual of the correct behavior.
If you can see this mechanism of addressing mental health you then can see how the visual a religion affords through the bible, Christs time on earth. The Bhagavad Ghita and so on offer specific visual demonstrations to cater to a wounded mind and help it heal itself in a visual demonstration of religion. A important concept to encompass this treatment is not only is diagnosis extremely valuable but repetition is imperative.
The Limbic system can be repaired in both religious, spiritual and science.
#4) will be about using spirituality and quantum physics to heal or create growth in the Limbic system