What is The Monkey Mind?
Monkey Mind: Is a metaphor for the amygdala, and other associated parts of the brain that are dedicated to our survival. Everything we see, touch, hear, taste and smell is screened for threat, much like traveler baggage passing through airport security. When a threat is detected, anxiety is triggered. This part of the brain is primitive, instinctual and reactive, much like a monkey. This analogy allows us to envision anxiety not a monster needing to be conquered, but as the work of a sensitive little critter, loyal, hardworking and devoted to our safety.