Research shows that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can really help us to rewire our brains.
The BBC have published a very interesting article which shows that primitive survival instincts like fear are processed in a part of the brain called the limbic system. This includes the amygdala, a region involved in the processing of emotion, and the hippocampus, a region involved in reliving traumatic memories.
Brain scan studies have shown that overactivity in these two regions returns to normal after a course of CBT in people with phobias.
What’s more, studies have found that CBT can also change the prefrontal cortex, a part of the brain responsible for higher-level thinking.