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Wait Until Your Father Gets Home!

Remember that statement when you were a kid, and how it filled you with a sense of dread when you were in trouble?  The insula is important in our social brains. insulaIt’s involved with processing events in the future based on our current body states, and it deals specifically with pride and disgust. Studies published in last year’s Journal of Cerebral Cortex noted that a sense of uncertainty increases insula activity and level of aversion. Statements like, “Wait until your father comes home…” trigger this response.

What anticipatory language are you using in your day-to-day life that increases your own sense of aversion, disgust, or anticipatory fear? How are you filling yourself or others with a sense of dread?  Where can you shift your words with partners, coworkers, family, children, lovers and friends?

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