Betrayed! #lossofafriend #loss #relationshipadvice
May 21, 2014
The reptilian part of our brain acts in the Fight or Flight mode when faced with a situation that appears dangerous. This impulse supersedes all parts of the thinking, deductive brain. Cortisol and adrenaline rush to the brain, then to the blood stream causing an anxious desire to bail out, rush forward to safety, and leave a harmful situation. This same act happens when we meet betrayal in our lives. All of the same chemicals in our body are triggered in a moment’s notice at any sign of betrayal, because that’s what a human mind has been programmed to do. Add to this, a gut response, some subconscious desires that have been birthed in our “black box” to think that everyone who loves us will leave us, that doom is around every corner, and that no good will ever come of any situation; then, we have a recipe for avoidant relationship behavior that will be hard to maneuver.
Picture this: You have been in love with someone for ten years. You have given your life for this person. One day, through an email he/she left sitting open in the office that this perceived “love of your life” is not only having an affair with your best friend, but is also in love. Suddenly, every anxious fire that had been simmering for years rises to the surface to protect your self from further harm. You get furious and change the locks. You throw her clothes out on the lawn. You break his favorite statue. You tell his/her best friends and may even try to hurt a position at work. You are angry and want revenge. Betrayal initially causes all of these emotions. I have been there. I know. Add to that, the feeling of wanting to murder. Yes, even the most rash instinctive ideas will appeal to the brain’s dysfunction in those moments. I wonder, if I had had a gun and the means to do harm, if I actually would have in the moment of betrayal. I hope I wouldn’t have, but I know I wanted to do harm.
I am a peaceful, compassionate person, by nature. I had never even remotely felt any feelings such as what came up when I had been betrayed. I felt cornered, like a puppy dog knowing he has to go to the vet for his yearly shots. He just knows and will hide under that bed until you get the broom to sweep him out from under the bed. He’ll growl and snarl at you, showing his teeth, even though you are his sole means of food and water and shelter. He doesn’t think about the reciprocity of hurting his owner. He only wants to protect himself from danger. I have a little dog. Last week, I put him on a plane with my mother to move him to Florida. He has been acting out ever since. He is not happy about me not being present. He is not happy my sister is taking care of him until I move there. She says he poops on the floor right after a walk. My dog never does those kinds of things. He’s just angry and confused. He even chewed out of a brand new carrier on the plane, which I’d have to believe was like Svengali, and made the entire Southwest 45 minutes late from leaving the airport, because the stewardess had to buy a new one for my mother before they could take off.
We can learn a lot about our reptilian brain by watching an animal in a state of fear or even one that is hungry and will kill for food. The basic human instinct is much the same, programmed by life’s hardships and also with chemical impulses that supersede the frontal, deductive lobes of the brain.
After the chemicals release from the body, you do become rational again. Yes, later, I realized that the betrayal in my life was for my better good. I learned to live with the past. I accepted my part of the problem. I tried to grow from my mistakes. But, don’t think that every time I get into any kind of relationship, that this same basic instinct of betrayal tries to rear its ugly head and keep me from getting hurt again. It does.
I wrote a novel, “Fatal Virtues” about a fatal betrayal and how it can take the most intrinsically good person and change her ideas of God and Spirit. Only the strong rises up above the challenge of our human paradigm and remains steadfast in his/her authentic self. I hope you have a chance to read it.
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