On Wednesday, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University published a study that suggests that abnormal psychology can actually be used as a way to uncover the secrets of human nature.
According to the study, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, “our ability to develop a unique psychological style and self-image has been linked to the stability of the brain.”
In other words, the more stable your brain, the less likely it is to go into overdrive.
The study’s authors also found that the more abnormal your self-esteem, the greater your ability to maintain a healthy level of self-confidence.
So if you want to become a more stable and confident individual, it could be time to start taking your brain to the next level.
The Johns Hopkins researchers also used the results to examine whether it is possible to alter the way the brain works by adjusting certain brain areas, such as the amygdala, the part of the mind responsible for regulating emotions.
According the study:It is possible that the amygdala could be more important in regulating emotional reactions to trauma and stress than the prefrontal cortex, the center of human cognitive processing that is thought to underlie emotion regulation.
“Our results provide evidence that abnormal psychological traits, such a low self-worth, and a high emotional load, might contribute to the emergence of psychopathology in humans,” the researchers wrote in the study.
The research is part of a larger body of research that has shown that the prefrontal cortices of humans are particularly vulnerable to abnormal psychological responses.
As we’ve previously reported, the amygdala is located in the middle of the prefrontal lobe, which is linked to social cognition and emotion regulation, as well as self-regulation.
The amygdala is particularly sensitive to social stressors, and studies have shown that in some cases, these types of stressor can be so extreme that the amygdalae are activated in order to protect themselves.
The researchers found that people who have low self, low self esteem and a low level of emotional load have higher levels of activation in the amygdala compared to people who also have these personality traits.
“This suggests that these types are linked to a certain kind of stress or emotional load,” the study’s lead researcher Dr. Andrew J. Stankovic said.
“When you are stressed, your amygdala and the prefrontal lobes are activated, so it may make sense that you would have higher activation in those areas,” Stankov added.
According Stankovich, this may mean that when you experience extreme emotions, the prefrontal cortical regions are most likely to react in a way that makes them more dangerous, rather than protecting you.
According another study, “psychological stress may be a risk factor for psychiatric illness.”
Stankovich also said that the brain may have evolved to react to a range of stressors differently.
“We are not saying that stress causes you to have higher risk for developing a psychiatric illness.
It just means that the system has evolved to respond differently to different kinds of stress,” he said.
Stankovic explained that this study adds to a growing body of work that has found that normal psychological responses are linked with higher levels in the prefrontal areas of the brains.
“These are areas that are thought to be responsible for the control of our emotional reactions, so if we can change the way our prefrontal cortex responds to the stressor, then we might be able to change our own responses as well,” Stanska said.
So, if you have high self-defence and you’re a low-emotional load person, it might be time for you to take some time to examine your inner voice.