Hypothalamus

The hypothalamus  is a Limbic Brain structure situated below the thalamus (more to come). Functions of the hypothalamus include the regulation of body temperature, and the regulation of some autonomic activities. The hypothalamus is crucially important because it is involved with some of our most basic instinctual functions, or what some call the 4 F’s;  i. e. food, fear, fun, and fuck. Due to these four functions the hypothalamus has been called the  hedonistic hot spot of our brain, or the brain’s reward and pleasure center. I maintain that the hypothalamus is also involved in our four basal motivational needs for security-safety, worth, empowerment, and enjoyment (review previous posts).

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