Neuroscience

Molly on the Hyperthymic Temperament

The Hyperthymic Temperament

Posted on 18 December, 2011, Read more at Molly.com…

The Thymus Gland is located by the breastbone in the nook between our throat and shoulders. A small gland, at risk as our sensitive neck and spine adjust to the ever-shifting weight of our skulls.

The Thymus, throughout history, has been a bit mysterious. It is believed to be a part of human/primate immunity and behavioral posturing.

Imagine male Gorillas pounding their chests. It’s thought that gorillas don’t only posture, but stimulate a specific biological response – to excite or to calm – by pounding upon their prominent Thymus glands.

Ape Ape Baby

I’ve been beating my chest since I was a child. Hard. As in I punch myself above the breast bone, and as an adult above my breasts but below my trachea, much as a Gorilla would. Almost daily.

This action doesn’t hurt me at all, feels really good and seems to have nothing but positive influence on my motivation and clarity. The action clears my lungs and sinuses as well.

Should I be so fortunate to enjoy a respectful and skilled massage therapist (non-sexual massage, specialist in high quality care-giving), if he or she massages along my breastbone and spends time on trigger points, I become significantly calmer in the process and far more alert and positive after.

Advice: Only Watch For So Long

I had no idea why as a very young child the influence of the Thymus gland had such an affect on me. Only about a decade ago did I begin to postulate that the Thymus plays a role in our immunity via chest-beating.

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