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The Best Brain Possible With Debbie Hampton

Information and Inspiration For Anyone With a Brain


How Your Amygdala Hijacks Your Life

Whether you know it or not, many of your decisions and actions are the result of a tiny part of your brain called the amygdala. Your amygdala are very small almond-shaped masses (there are actually two of them) of nuclei located deep within the temporal lobe of your brain. Your amygdala is an ancient limbic system structure primarily[...]

How To Heal The Brain After Trauma

Trauma is all too common these days, unfortunately. Child abuse. Rape. Combat. Violence. Car accidents. Life. Traumatic events can actually alter the structure and function of people’s brains resulting in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). When remembering the trauma, often in vivid flashbacks, or reacting to everyday stressors in life, the brain of a person[...]

How To Turn Down Your Brain’s Fear Alarm

Fear can be a predominant motivating factor behind much of our lives. Instead of having a clear idea of what we want and making decisions that move us in that direction, which will most likely involve some risk and discomfort, all too often we make fear-based decisions that limit us and our happiness. While these[...]

Why Being Scared Silly Is Fun

  Fear is your brain reacting to the expectation or anticipation of possible harm, which really doesn’t sound the least bit fun. So, why then do so many of us purposefully seek out experiences that produce that heart pounding, can’t-catch-your-breath, sweaty palms feeling? Well, the answer is also in your brain. Because your brain’s number[...]

Your Weakness Is The Key To Your Strength

For more than a decade, I took an antidepressant, went to weekly therapy sessions on and off for stretches at a time, spilled my guts, and listened to the counselors’ words with the best of intentions. Doesn’t that count for something? I wanted to change. I knew I had to change. I knew something had to[...]

Making Fear Your Friend

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.” ― Jim Morrison I’ve lived most of my life conforming, doing all the “right” things, to achieve the “good life” I’d heard about growing up.  To get to this promised land, I invested most[...]