On Psychology – OpEd – Eurasia Review – Eurasia Review

Psychology has always been a road less travelled. It is when one leaves the library and tries to ensconce oneself in the wild with fellow sapiens, one deciphers that social skills and emotional homeostasis is more or equally relevant than specialized knowledge.

Daniel Goleman, in his famed opus – Emotional Intelligence, expatiates the two different minds in a human: the rational mind which is controlled by the neocortex and the emotional mind which sits on the amygdala. The sensory signals travel from the thalamus. The thalamus sends to twain — a faster signal to the amygdala then a second signal to the neocortex. This allows the amygdala to respond prior to the neocortex which may cause, as Goleman coined, amygdala hijack or a limbic hijack. However, with practice and therapy one can teach the neocortex how to inhibit the amygdala and take control.

The nucleus of this book is a hope for the patients of trauma. According to a study, a quarter of holocaust survivors, who once suffered from PTSD, recovered in their lives. This shows that trauma related psychological issues are emotional learnings which can be unlearned. Two techniques are given to deal with PTSD — related to exposure and cognitive therapies.

The first is to repeat the tragedy in low-anxiety, it begets a non-traumatized response and gradually the trauma related memories etiolate. Another technique by Dr. Judith Herman is mentioned which is a 3-step process. Firstly, the patient must be cognizant that he or she is