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Category: Psychotherapy

A Mindful Connection: Understanding the Triune Brain

By Andrew Archer, LCSW
Triune Therapy Group

Western culture seems to be increasingly fascinated with the human brain. Emerging evidence in the field of interpersonal neurobiology links physiological processes of the brain with mindfulness and psychotherapy, and most of our efforts to understand illness, disease, creativity, innovation, attention and cognitive ability have long focused on the three pounds of flesh harnessed within our skulls. The brain is only a small percentage of our body weight, but approximately 20% of our energy is required for its operation. Its three main parts, sometimes referred to as the “triune brain,” consist of the brain stem, the limbic system, and the prefrontal cortex. These parts, which evolved in that order, can be thought of as having “stacked up” over millions of…

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