6th June, 2023

How to Avoid Amygdala Hijack Part 2

With Rachel Morris

Dr Rachel Morris

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Life can seem full of threats and stresses we face daily. As high-stress professionals, these types of situations are a part of daily life. All of this can place a great mental load on our brains and trigger our amygdala to not always respond in the best way.

That’s why it’s important to learn how we can reduce these threats and manage our stress. The question now is how can we do this?

Picking up where we left off, this quick dip episode dives into the last four factors of the SCARF Model. We learn more about tips and techniques that can help minimise threats and improves our response. Reward yourself and develop habits that can help you feel certain, in control, and supported even amidst all the stress.

Learn how to better manage your stress and respond to difficult situations. Avoid an amygdala hijack when you listen to this episode!

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Reasons to listen

  • Find out what ‘C,’ ‘A,’ ‘R’ and ‘F’ stands for in the SCARF Model.
  • Discover how being friends with everyone can lead to less stress and a better work life.
  • Listen and learn how you can apply the SCARF Model in your work and personal life.

Episode highlights


What ‘C’ Stands For in SCARF


The ‘A’ in SCARF Model


The Power You Hold


The ‘R’ Stands For…


Everyone is a Friend


The ‘F’ in SCARF


Applying the SCARF Model


Avoiding Amygdala Hijack With Help

Episode transcript

Dr. Rachel Morris: Welcome to part two of How to ‘Avoid the Amygdala Hijack’ where we’re looking at the SCARF model. This is a model which was created by David Rock of the NeuroLeadership Institute. Our brains are hardwired to detect threats and keep us safe. And there are some things which are certain to trigger our amygdala, to put a straight into a fight flight or freeze stress zone. And once we’re there, it’s very difficult to think straight, be empathetic and make good decisions. Now, the SCARF model articulates the things that make us feel threatened. And also…

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