Understanding our child’s moods

Jumbled thoughts from a jumbled mind

Here’s some more from the most fabulous book “The Whole-brain Child” by Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson.

My last post referred to the left and right brain. This post is about the upstairs and downstairs parts of the brain and I’ll do a lot of paraphrasing from the book, given it’s written in an easy-to-read style…

The downstairs part of the brain is responsible for basic functions like breathing and blinking, for innate reactions (fight and flight) and for strong emotions (anger and fear).

The upstairs brain is more evolved and can give you a fuller perspective on your world. This is where more intricate mental processes take place like thinking, imagining and planning. It’s highly sophisticated; controlling some of the most important higher-order and analytical thinking. It is responsible for producing sound decision making and planning, control over emotions and body, self-understanding, empathy and morality.

So here’s the…

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