One of the many things we do know about the human brain is that it’s wired for connection. Because we live in constant relationship to others, other people play a significant part in regulating our emotional and social behaviors.
In other words, the brain is a social organ “built through experience,” where multiple neural systems are dedicated to receiving, processing and transmitting information to others.
As we learn more about neuroanatomy and neurobiology, we also know that many brain systems are highly dependent on what happens during early childhood.
For example, the brains of children who lack quality caretakers, don’t get positive stimulation or attention or suffer other adverse social experiences, may not build endorphin receptors to keep the amygdala regulated, increasing vulnerability to stress, anxiety and fear.