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The Amygdala is a part of the brain within the Limbic system which is a primitive part of the brain.

Primitive motivations of fear and reward are generated from this part of the brain.  Memories are stored in respect of emotional events.  Fear conditioning where a person is repeatedly exposed to the same fear conditions will build a fear response within the Amygdala.

Our inner voices can also trigger fear and reward.  When fear is detected within the Amygdala, cortisol is released into the blood stream to build the fight or flight response and increases stress.  Lowering of stress occurs when the fear is removed by releasing endorphins into the bloodstream.

This is a part of the parasympathetic nervous system and is activated after a fight or flight response.  In current times, these responses persist, but fight and flight responses have assumed a wider range of behaviors. For example, the fight response may be manifested in angry, argumentative behavior, and the flight response may be manifested through social withdrawal, substance abuse, and even television viewing.

Mammals are born immature and so we respond to touch, such as hugging or even a light touch as a gesture of care and this can result in a release of oxytocin to reduce stress levels.  Oxytocin also seems to play a part in social recognition, pair bonding, increasing trust and reducing anxiety.