23rd May, 2023

How to Avoid Amygdala Hijack Part 1

With Rachel Morris

Dr Rachel Morris

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Criticism and feedback are fundamental to growing as an individual and professional. However, often, our brain perceives such conflicts as a threat. The amygdala acts upon this and kicks in our survival instincts. As a result, we check out and shut down to protect ourselves.

How do we avoid acting from this place of fear and focus on working toward developing ourselves?

In this quick dip episode, we uncover the overarching principle of the amygdala. We discuss how to avoid an amygdala hijack and how not to operate from our threat zone. We have a choice around how we perceive and respond to triggers. We introduce the first principle of the SCARF Model and how to get over it.

Learn how to minimise threats for yourself and others. If you want to know how to avoid an amygdala hijack, this episode is for you.

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Reasons to listen

  1. Learn why avoiding amygdala hijack increases performance and happiness.
  2. Discover the idea of Civility Saves Lives.
  3. Discover the ‘S’ in the SCARF model.

Episode highlights


Avoiding Amygdala Hijack


Civility Saves Lives


You Have a Choice


The ā€˜Sā€™ in SCARF Model


Becoming Aware of How You Display Status


Getting Over Status


Being in a Higher Status

Episode transcript

Rachel Morris: This is a You Are Not A Frog Quick Dip, a tiny taster of the kinds of things we talk about on our full podcast episodes. I’ve chosen today’s topic to give you a helpful boost in the time it takes to have a cup of tea, so you can return to whatever else you’re up to feeling energized and inspired. For more tools, tips and insights to help you thrive at work, don’t forget to subscribe to You Are Not A Frog wherever you get your podcasts. I’d like to talk to you today about ways to…

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