Amygdala Hijack and Emotional Intelligence [5:17]


This video discusses the concept of an amygdala hijack, coined by Daniel Goleman.  If you’ve ever done something in the heat of the moment you later regretted, then you’ve probably experienced this.  The video discusses what amygdala hijacking is, why it happens, and what to do about it.  This includes discussions of evolutionary psychology, brain studies, meditation, mindfulness, stress reduction,

Discussion Questions

  • What is amygdala hijacking?  Why did we evolve this in the first place?
  • What can we do in order to know we’re being hijacked and not over react?
  • What are some of the benefits to being able to control our emotional reactions to things?

Keywords: neuroscience, emotional intelligence, emotions, anger, anxiety, stress, evolution, hormones, fear, life skills, intra-personal,


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