When the Past Is Always Present: Emotional Traumatization, Causes, and Cures
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When the Past Is Always Present: Emotional Traumatization, Causes, and Cures introduces several new ideas about trauma and trauma treatment. The first of these is that another way to treat disorders arising from the mind/brain may be to use the senses. This idea, which is at the core of psychosensory therapy, forms what the author considers the "third pillar" of trauma treatment (the first and second pillars being psychotherapy and psychopharmacology). Psychosensory therapy postulates that sensory input―for example, touch―creates extrasensory activity that alters brain function and the way we respond to stimuli.
The second idea presented in this book is that traumatization is encoded in the amygdala only under special circumstances. Thus, by understanding what makes an individual resistant to traumatization we can offer a way of preventing it.
The third idea is that traumatization occurs because we cannot find a haven during the event. This is the cornerstone of havening, the particular form of psychosensory therapy described in the book. Using evolutionary biological principles and recently published neuroscientific studies, this book outlines in detail how havening touch de-links the emotional experience from a trauma, essentially making it just an ordinary memory. Once done, the event no longer causes distress.
some sensory feeling. If the traumatizing event can be found and activated, this affords an opportunity to alter the BLC pathway. How can this be accomplished? Early Successful Trauma Treatments Early attempts at treating the consequences of a traumatization by talk therapy were generally unsuccessful. Most researchers felt that a traumatization permanently encoded the event, and that cognitive cues or subconscious triggers of the event caused emotional, somatosensory, and visceral
“Happy Birthday” 8. Count to 5 aloud 9. Hum “Happy Birthday” After several rounds of this tapping on points and the Gamut procedure, the problem resolves. The ready dismissal of CT-TFT by traditionally trained therapists can be appreciated. It makes no sense from a Western perspective. But Callahan’s ideas struck a chord in other practitioners. Gary Craig, an engineer and student of Callahan, concluded that one set of points sufficed for all problems. He has Figure 8.2 Gamut spot and
we approached my floor and felt nothing! Not even a bit of discomfort. I almost felt as if something was missing from the ride (imagine!). Rats For years I had a terrible fear of rodents, to the point of experiencing horrific nightmares. I would wake up in a sweat, usually crying. One day my fear became a reality! I came home to find a little creature scurrying about. I went into immediate hysteria and ran out of my apartment. My anxiety was so severe I could not return home. After two
Oxford University Press. This remarkable compilation of essays is directed toward trying to understand if robots could be constructed to think and experience emotions. An important idea discussed here is that emotions play many roles in survival. Their primary role is as an amplifier; that is, they increase the importance of an event to an individual and are fundamentally protective and useful for survival. Emotions also have many other secondary roles that are critical. This book summarizes
location where affective memory is mediated, but it is not the location of memory. It is made up of the lateral nucleus, basolateral nucleus (BLA), and accessory basal nucleus, whose efferents activate the central nucleus and other brain areas, including the hippocampus and the medial prefrontal cortex. central executive: The part of the brain that decides what we attend to. complex content: A combination of unimodal sensory input and other related aspects of the event, which can include color,