Hardwired

We are hardwired to perform situational assessments. In fact, this sensory filter allows us to conduct ongoing risk evaluations. This perceptual process and evaluation have been defined by Stephen Porges as neuroception. He defines this as “how neural circuits distinguish whether situations or people are safe, dangerous or life threatening”. All this happens sub-consciously. Neurception can be seen as the quality of information your senses are picking up. I would also add the second brain of the enteric nervous system. This “gut brain” operates separately from the CNS and the spinal cord and it is the reason we get butterflies in our stomach when things don’t seem quite right. So the flow of information between you and your surroundings can be seen as a neuroceptive wifi bandwidth. Stress of any kind will diminish your neuroceptive flow.

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