‘Mental States’– the states of being in pain, desiring a cold beverage, or growing weary of a certain little pupster flying into a tirade of yappiness for no apparent reason, et cetera– are a folksy way of describing complex brain states (at least according to me and Mr. Big Food and a few others). Note the direction of causation: brains cause mental states.
So, I found this advise quite remarkable:
Keep a calm neocortex.
Not that I disagree. In most circumstances a calm neocortex is vastly superior to a stormy neocortex. But I was a bit confused about who, exactly, was captaining the boat.
So, keep a calm neocortex, a passive/aggressive amygdala, a hippocampus like an elephant’s, and be sure your vestibular system stays afloat.
This bit of silliness brought to you by The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions, a book that I am actually enjoying quite a bit. Won’t be long!