RESPONDING POSITIVELY TO AMYGDALA HIJACK Emotions associated with fight or flight response, for instance; anger or fear are activated in the primitive part of our brain called the ‘amygdala’. When the amygdala perceives a threat, it can lead that person to react irrationally and destructively. Adrenaline and cortisol hormones are released. Adrenaline increases your heart rate, elevates your blood pressure and boosts energy supplies. Cortisol, the primary stress hormone, increases sugars
VIDEO. Understanding Emotional Intelligence: The Amygdala Hijack. TED TALK. In this clip, Dr. Leeno Karumanchery, President and CEO of Diversity Solutions Inc., explores some of the complexities involved in why we freeze or fail in moments of high stress and why so many of us do and say things in the heat of the moment, that we then regret about 20 minutes later.