Emotional Trauma: Psychological Tests and Healing
Emotional trauma is a type of damage to the human mind (conscious and unconscious) due to a past severely distressing event (or a series of events). A childhood trauma is one of the common examples of psychological trauma, which can include verbal, physical or sexual abuse, death of a family member, being a participant in car accident or in some natural disaster.
What are the causes of emotional trauma? There are 3 common causes:
- The traumatic event was too painful to process for the human mind
- The traumatic event was too overwhelming
- There were a series of such events that resulted in a decision to deny (shut down) related memories.
Effects of the psychological trauma
Normal experiences result in learning that signifies some degree of emotional detachment and ability to function in similar conditions in future. As a result of psychological trauma, the human mind, instead of learning and understanding of causes and motives behind the event, unconsciously stores (and reacts to) numerous images associated with emotional trauma. This relates to visual, audio, verbal, olfactory and many other types of images and bodily sensations.
As a result, the harder the person tries to forget (or deny) the event, the stronger the expression of these secondary stimuli that trigger the negative emotions related to his psychological trauma. This state of denial and presence of trauma influence future choices of the person (choosing friends, jobs, spouses, and so forth), as well as physical and emotional health. Of course, as it is well accepted, trauma also reduces personal ability to deal with new stressful situations.
Millions of people move to other cities, other states, or even other countries and continents primarily due to effects of emotional trauma. This helps to reduce the negative load coming from various senses, but does not solve the key cause.
Test for presence of psychological trauma
A simple and reliable test for emotional trauma involves muscular kinersiology. The testing involves 3 body points located in the chest. Those people who have all 3 points strong, do not have an event in the past that causes them problems now. Those people who have at least one of the points weak, have some negative baggage from the past that poisons their lives now.
However, in order to have correct results for this test for psychological trauma, the practitioner of the New Decision Therapy needs to clear 3 layers of denial (before the test), while keeping an arm on a belly button. These clearing 3 layers involves asking 3 questions (the subject does not need to answer):
- "Do you know the truth?"
- "Are you able to share?"
- "Can we do changes now?"
It is necessary to have positive asnwers to all these 3 queries before proceeding to the main test in relation to presence of trauma.
Physical and indirect solutions
If we are able to change major physiological parameters of brain and nerve cells, then we can expect that the mind will be more successful in dealing with trauma (even though this method does not remove trauma). These parameters include: O2 and CO2 contents in brain cells, and perfusion (blood flow) to the brain. All these parameters are controlled by automatic breathing patterns, and the chart below explains why some generations ago, but not these days, people were able to cope with traumas.
The norm for breathing at rest (for adults) is only 6 L/min, while modern people breathe 2 times more air. Therefore, they suffer from reduced circulation, and low O2 and CO2 content in the brain tissues. CO2, as dozens of clinical studies proved, is a potent sedative and tranquilizer of the nerve cells (see links below).
People who are ruled by traumas nearly always have less than 20 seconds for the body O2 test. In order to become more resilient to new stress and reduce negative effects of trauma, one should learn how to breathe slower and less 24/7. This will increase his or her brain oxygenation and CO2 content up to the medical norm, together with normal blood flow to the brain.
According to Russian Buteyko breathing doctors, people achieve much better mental and emotional health, when they have more than 60 seconds of O2 in the brain. It results in composure, calmness, objectivity and many other positive qualities that negate the effects of past emotional traumas. Therefore, breathing retraining is a proven clinical therapy to reduce negative effects of emotional trauma and to gain control.
Vipasana meditation is another popular technique that helps to reduce the effects of past emotional trauma.
Other forms of meditation and prayer can also be effective in dealing with effects of psychological trauma.
Direct healing of psychological trauma
The other approach is to deal with trauma directly so that the human mind has a different attitude towards past events, the perpetrator and himself or herself. There are, however, some challenges and obstacles here.
First, our techniques are not going to work if a person is in denial (see above). Denial can relate to conscious unawareness about the traumatic event, inability to share genuine information with the therapist, and inability to accept changes now. (There are 3 levels of denial that prevent testing of trauma.)
Second, even if a therapist managed to recover past events and make the client emotional (and vulnerable), they often do not know what to do with it.
The solution to all these challenges can be found in the NDT (New Decision Therapy) developed by Dr. Kandis Blakely. This therapy addresses 3 layers of denial. (In fact, it is a necessary requirement for the therapist to proceed only after clearing all 3 layers of denial and checking them using muscular kinesiology.)
New Decision Therapy: Healing Traumas with Forgiveness
Dr. Kandis Blakely trained many NDT practitioners. One session of this
usually lasts about 60-80 minutes and helps
to release even those emotional traumas, which
are totally forgotten by the person, but still poison his or her current
life. Other unique qualities of this healing therapy are:
If trauma is known to the person, then he or she may try to apply various forgiveness techniques (you may search the web for forgiveness resources). As a part of this process, feel free to read and study this free PDF ebook (about 100 pages) that provides stunning real-life examples how forgiveness dramatically changed lives of people: Why Forgive?
The problem, however, is that most people are unaware about presence of emotional trauma in their body and mind. Then, one of the proven solutions is to apply the New Decision Therapy.
* Illustrations by Victor Lunn-Rockliffe
1. What is Trauma? (From Psychology Today)
2. Trauma (From Wikipedia)
3. The Broken Heart Syndrome (From WebMD)
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