The Reaction to the Wound. Primitive emotional experiences centered around comfort/discomfort and pleasure/pain begin to form. The amygdala, or primitive part of our brain responsible for emotions like fear, encodes both soothing (connecting) experiences and traumatic (disconnecting) experiences. When disconnected from, the infant self reacts to the wounds of disconnect by crying or shutting down. In early infant development, these reactions to the wound encode on a pre-verbal level.