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  1. #1 Parasympathetic vs Sympathetic 
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    Hello there,
    I am new to this forum and I would like to ask for some help with understanding the relationship between parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system. I understand that sympathetic effect dominate the parasympathetic activities in the case of emergency but I was wondering if this direct relationship also exists when the body calms down and parasympathetic effect increases. In other words, my question is... does parasypathetic also directly inhibit the sympathetic activity or it only naturally increases as the sympathetic activity decreases? Thanks for your help!


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  3. #2 I remember this question on my bio test once! 
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    I think you have the wrong idea, while one does dominate in the other in a emergency, the other one cal always overwrite it.

    Think of these two systems as your mother and father, they work together so that you can have the best output. Sometimes your father may think of stupid things but to him it may seem right, but then when your mom hears about it she has her say in the convo and could alter the way the outcome is.

    So basically, the two system work side by side, now if you want to determine what causes these systems to think up stuff or do anything that is a question to as psychologists who will direct you to consciouness, subconsciouness, and unconsciouness. (Be prepaird to hear a earful about this guy name Freud)

    hope this helps your questions ask me more questions if this does not clarify your questions.


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