Memories that our body stores

Memories that our body stores

Most often, the reasons for our emotional reactions are so deeply hidden in us and in our past that they remain a mystery to us. Meanwhile, it is quite possible to get access to them, control them and even transform them. And do it through bodily sensations.

Mark, a young psychiatrist, came to our medical center to study the EMDR* method*. Now in a practical lesson to be a patient. He recalls how several years ago he received a letter from the bank, where the amount of his debt was reported;Realizing that he could not pay off, he experienced a feeling of strong panic.

From this moment, attacks of uncontrolled anxiety, accompanied by dizziness and feeling of suffocation, arise at Mark whenever he recalls that minute, but not only. Mark can tell a dozen ordinary cases when he found himself in an inexplicable state of complete helplessness. And although now, having begun to undergo a course of psychotherapy, he feels more confident, he would like to advance further in solving his problem.

When strong and inadequate emotions have long been present in our lives, it is not easy to get to their origins. Meanwhile, the reaction to current events is always a consequence of what our brain once recorded. This is generally the peculiarity of the work of the animal brain, demonstrated by Pavlov. So, dogs reflexively secrete saliva with the sound of a bell, if this sound previously coincided with their feeding. And vice versa, those dogs for which the sound of a bell was accompanied by an electric current blow died out with fear and helplessness in anticipation of a new pain, even if this time was not a shock.

Instead of sending Mark to wander the maze of assumptions about the reasons for his fear, the psychotherapist asks him about what bodily sensations he experiences, mentally returning on the day he received a letter from the bank. “Bingling in the chest and tingling around the eyes,” he replies. “Close your eyes and concentrate on these sensations. Return back in time and follow the paintings that you have spontaneously arise, ”the psychotherapist says.

When, after a pause, Mark opens his eyes, they are filled with tears: “I again survived the death of my sister, which happened when I was five years old. She spent many months in the hospital, and we felt absolutely powerless, and no one could help her. It seems to me that I never recovered from this death. “. A sense of helplessness of a five -year -old child, multiplied by the impotence of adults, has forever crashed into his memory. After that, numerous events in his life (including such ordinary ones as not paid on time) launched exactly the same emotions from him as the wound caused by a once confused child.

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