Neural Circuits Involved in Activating Emotions


  • Cristina Stefanescu


emotion; neural circuits; system; thalamus; hippocampus


We are particularly interested in emotions and their regulation for a better
functioning in general, both personally and professionally. We believe that a better emotional
education would help us in the future as a better understanding of interpersonal relationships.
We would like to study this subject even more, starting with scientific research, so that we
can fight occupational diseases such as burnout or those in schools such as bullying. In the
dialectical behavioral approach, DBT, (Linehan, 2015) are approached those who cannot
control their emotions very well, subjects with pathology of borderline Cluster B
personalities (DSM 5, 2020). They are taught through skill trainings how to respond
emotionally functionally to triggers. In DBT, emotions are defined as short, involuntary,
systemic responses to internal and external stimuli. Among the solutions given by this form
of therapy we find: mindfulness techniques, balancing emotions, interpersonal efficiency,
tolerance to stress. So, starting from the analysis of a borderline patient, I found the
theoretical research of the neural circuits involved in activating emotions useful.


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