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Be Aware of Defensive States – The Instant That Can Change Everything

In Love, Sex, and Relationships by Dr. Keith Witt

Our emotional, reactive, defensive selves are programmed into our brains to react to threat instantly. Our mature, conscious, socially intelligent selves are based in the prefrontal cortex behind our eyes, and it takes up to a second and a half for conscious attention to catch up to the rest of us in a critical situation. That second and a half is huge.