Topic - Developing Emotional Armor
Ever wonder how first responders such as emergency medical personnel, firemen, police and physicians cope with their jobs?
They’ve developed “emotional armor”. How do they do this?
Because they observe loved ones offering emotional support and affection to the person who is injured, ill or afraid, their amygdala learns not to react to threat when the next traumatic event happens.
The amygdala is the emotional control center of the brain.
When you hear first responders and physicians being asked, “How did you do that?”, they say, “It’s my training”.
This is also true of soldiers, but their experiences are different, because others are trying to kill them.
Unfortunately, in today’s society, that’s also true of police.
You can enhance your kids’ emotional coping skills by teaching them how their brains work and by balancing their lives with both nurturing and challenging experiences.