Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Emotional Tagging

"If you have been traumatized by a dramatic event, such as being in a car accident or watching your house burn down, or if you have been abused by a parent or a spouse, the emotional component of the memory is stored in the deep limbic system of the brain...The total experience of our emotional memories is responsible, in part, for the emotional tone of our mind. The more stable, positive experiences we have, the more positive we are likely to feel; the more trauma in our lives, the more emotionally set we become in a negative way. These emotional memories are intimately involved in the emotional tagging we impose on the day's events."

-Daniel G. Amen, MD Change your Brain Change your Life, p 39-40

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