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In psychology, limbic imprint refers to the process by which prenatal, perinatal and post-natal experiences imprint upon the limbic system, causing lifelong effects. The term is used to explain how early care of a fetus and newborn is important to lifelong psychological development, and has been used as an argument for alternative birthing methods, and against circumcision. Some also refer to the concept as the human emotional map, deep-seated beliefs, and values that are stored in the brain's limbic system.
Lewis, Amini and Lannon, in their book A General Theory of Love, use the concept of limbic imprinting to explain lifelong patterns of poor love choices, explaining that the patterns of love and care received as a youth will affect the patterns of love that the adult seeks in their life. For instance, during birth, the so-called primal substance meets primal sense so that it results in an explosion of emotional meaning and limbic imprinting. There are therapists who recognize that body and emotions - facilitated by experiences - leave imprints in deep neuronal circuits of the limbic brain and use such position to devise psychological interventions such as the therapy within a group setting. Some therapists suggest a course of "limbic repatterning" to consciously rewrite bad limbic imprints and thus improve the patient's overall psychological health.
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- Tonetti-Vladimirova, Elena (November 2006). "The Limbic Imprint". Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
- Desjardins, Liliane (2011). The Imprint Journey: A Path of Lasting Transformation Into Your Authentic Self. Ann Arbor, MI: Life Scripts Press. pp. xiii. ISBN 9781615990870.
- Martin, Roger (July 2000). "Limbic Love". American Scientist.
- Bertrand, Azra; Bertrand, Seren (2017-08-15). Womb Awakening: Initiatory Wisdom from the Creatrix of All Life. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781591432807.
- Ginger, Serge; Ginger, Anne (2012). A Practical Guide for the Humanistic Psychotherapist. London: Karnac Books Ltd. p. 157. ISBN 9781780490472.
- Dayton, Tian (August 2003). "The Neurobiology of Emotions: How Therapy Can Repattern Our Limbic System". Counselor, The Magazine for Addiction Professionals. 4 (4): 64–66. Archived from the original on 2013-09-20.
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