Rational, Emotional, and Intuitive Parts of Us


We all have analytical, emotional, and survival aspects of our brains. We must balance our analytical, emotional, and survival components of ourselves. When we link these portions of our minds, we may become wiser versions of ourselves.

We all have a "Safety Zone," which is the part of our thoughts where we are most afraid of change. We eventually become uninspired since our lives are merely routines with no changes. This is not true for everyone, but I don't know anybody who hasn't felt this way at some point in their lives. We feel safer with what we know, so we concentrate on what we already know rather than what we don't know.

Now, I'm not claiming that all habits are bad. Many of our habits improve our lives, but there must be some flexibility in these habits so that they do not become strict laws. Discomfort does not have to be a negative experience. It may also demonstrate that we are evolving and willing to attempt new things.

A deeper examination of these three roles will help us better understand ourselves. With CBT (cognitive-behavioral treatment) and the Enneagram, I try to combine the hard and soft sciences of psychology. The Enneagram introduced me to the concept that our heads (logical), guts (intuitive), and hearts (emotional) are all connected. The Enneagram has nine distinct personality types. Three kinds have a strong connection to logic, three have a strong connection to their emotions, and three have a strong connection to their intuitive instincts.

I am a type 5 with a 4 wing. Type 5 is most in tune with his or her brain (rational). My wing is like a subtype, and this wing is more associated with my emotions (my heart). Working with my spouse, we discovered that I am less connected to my gut (intuitive instincts). I'm not sure I can put my trust in my gut instincts. I'm constantly concerned that my gut instincts are wrong, so I attempt to apply my reasoning to ensure that everything is as it should be.

The reasoning part of our brain is housed in the neo-cortex, which is the newest part of our brain. Our neocortex is in charge of our attention, thinking, and perception, as well as numerical cognition and decision-making. My absence of a link between my head (neo-cortex) and my guts (intuitive impulses) is one of the reasons I have bipolar and OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), I've discovered. This is particularly evident in my OCD, since all of my concerns, which eventually become compulsive reactions, originate in the survival part of my brain.

The brainstem is the next area of our brain, and it is our brain's survival component, the part of our brain that wants to fight or flee. This is known as the reptile component of our brain. This is where we have our guts. I had to relearn everything after my TBI (traumatic brain injury), just like a child. My surveying portion was the part of me that knows not to touch a hot pan. It was a natural response to what I saw to be unsafe.

Finally, the limbic area of our brain is home to our emotions and memories. Having bipolar, a lot of my manic thoughts originate from this aspect of me. Feelings may change rapidly, and they aren't always beneficial, regardless of how loud they are. Simultaneously, I might argue the same thing about my reasonable ideas. These intellectual notions are meaningless unless they are connected to an emotion. Both originate in my intuitive core.

Even if you don't agree with the Enneagram, the notion of integrating your logical, emotional, and intuitive parts of your brain is fundamental since it involves linking our brainstem, limbic, and neo-cortex. These components of our brains are most powerful when they collaborate, listen to one another, and are adaptable.


Know that I am not a doctor and you should talk with your doctor before using any of these pills, powders, and teas.

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