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Overcoming the Amygdala Part 72

A Vaccine Analogy

We have all heard much these days about how viruses work and how they are combatted with vaccines.

Basically, a vaccine works by training your body’s biological systems to recognise and battle against foreign invaders like viruses. The vaccine is composed of bits or copies of the real peril and the body builds its defences accordingly and then forgets about it all until such a peril manifests itself in the future.

Simple, right?

Astute readers of this series might spot a parallel with what we have been discussing.

In our lives, we encounter a myriad of situations, many of which contain departures from what we would like, or prefer, or consider ideal. Over time, we develop individual responses to each of these situations. These are then ‘forgotten about’ — we don’t normally use our trained-in responses for dealing with bad traffic d