Overcoming the Amygdala Part 81


Sanity, from Latin sānitās is commonly defined as soundness, rationality, and health of the human mind and is placed in opposition to ‘insanity’. Thus a person is defined as ‘sane’ if they are ‘rational’. The Latin compos mentis (compos, having mastery of, and mentis, mind) is used in contrast with non compos mentis, insanity, or ‘troubled conscience’. Note that ‘rationality’ is defined as ‘the quality of being based on or in accordance with reason or logic’, suggesting an exclusion of subjective or emotional components. A more liberal definition might include concepts like ‘wholeness’. If we focus too much on logic, we exclude the inner world of human beings and get a distorted picture.

If, like many people, you have been following this series and have been trying to apply some of the data and exercises given, you might feel at about this point that you are going slightly ‘insane’. Don’t worry, it happens to most people when they try to think in what is a completely new way to many. There will probably come a point soon where you’ll experience ‘brain flip’: a