Posts Tagged ‘C-PTSD’

It is pliable, plastic, putty like, play dough, …..Davidson again!

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“But the brain can also change
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in response to messages generated
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internally—in other words,
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to our thoughts and intentions.
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These changes include altering the function of brain regions,
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expanding or contracting the amount of neural territory devoted to particular tasks,
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strengthening or weakening connections between different brain regions,
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increasing or decreasing the level of activity in specific brain circuits,
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and modulating the neurochemical messenger service that continuously courses through the brain.”
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A jock prepares to battle PTSD, it is a game, life that is!.

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I have evaluated C-PTSD from a jocks point of view, evaluated it as an opponent, explored its strengths, and discovered it’s weakness.
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If we were game planning, preparing for a contest against PTSD, daily practice would be similar to a professional baseball hitter or a pure shooter in basketball, ,,,,,”Repetition”……
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In spring training, we would hit baseballs in the batting cages until we blistered, bled, then sprayed them with tuff skin so they would callous over. We were set for another season after this yearly ritual.
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Hitting in time moved from a conscience skill to inhabit the body, fluidly unfolding when needed without thought. I could damn near hit with my eyes closed, it became so ingrained in my habitual practice. I had swung a baseball bat a zillion times in a hitting environment.
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Thought would destroy what I had built. So I would empty my mind before I would enter the batters box, another level of consciousness took over. Exactly how we tame PTSD.
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This is what 10 breaths will be for us. We will develop 10 breaths, 10 cycles of inhale, pause, exhale, pause, lasting 10 to 15 seconds a piece, two minutes total, of slow focused “bulletproof”, breaths.
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In two focused minutes, traumas story line fades, thought disintegrates and PTSD gives way to this present moment.
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Our game plan attacks trauma, our opponent where he is weakest, most vulnerable, a trigger exploding.
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We are developing ten solid breaths while we visually explore our environment, listening intently to all sounds, engaging all senses and repeating affirmations if needed.
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Manually we trace our breath on the breathing track, inhale 4 plus seconds, pause 2 plus seconds, exhale 4 plus seconds, puase 2 plus seconds.
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We do not have to meditate during this stressful explosion, just focus and stay present for two minutes.
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We prepare as a jock during practice, under calm conditions for game time performance.
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We are heading towards trauma, not fleeing, in time we will hunt him/her down with our ten breath weapon.
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Davidson: — six dimensions!!!!

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Emotional Style comprises six dimensions. Neither conventional aspects of personality nor simple emotional traits or moods, let alone diagnostic criteria for mental illness, these six dimensions reflect the discoveries of modern neuroscientific research:
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-Resilience:
how slowly or quickly you recover from adversity.
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-Outlook:
how long you are able to sustain positive emotion.
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-Social Intuition:
how adept you are at picking up social signals from the people around you.
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-Self-Awareness:
how well you perceive bodily feelings that reflect emotions.
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-Sensitivity to Context:
how good you are at regulating your emotional responses to take into account the context you find yourself in.
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-Attention:
how sharp and clear your focus is.
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Emotional style….Richard Davidson…..

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“Emotional Style is a consistent way of responding to the experiences of our lives. It is governed by specific, identifiable brain circuits and can be measured using objective laboratory methods.
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Emotional Style influences the likelihood of feeling particular emotional states, traits, and moods.
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Because Emotional Styles are much closer to underlying brain systems than emotional states or traits, they can be considered the atoms of our emotional lives—their fundamental building blocks.
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In contrast, personality, a more familiar way of describing people, is neither fundamental in this sense nor grounded in identifiable neurological mechanisms.
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Personality consists of a set of high-level qualities that comprise particular emotional traits and Emotional Styles.”
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Emotional life of your brain,,,,,,,moods and traits…

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“A feeling that does persist, and that remains consistent over minutes or hours or even days, is a mood, of the “he’s in a bad mood” variety.
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And a feeling that characterizes you not for days but for years is an emotional trait.
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We think of someone who seems perpetually annoyed as grumpy, and someone who always seems to be mad at the world as angry.
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An emotional trait (chronic, just-about-to-boil-over anger) increases the likelihood that you will experience a particular emotional state (fury) because it lowers the threshold needed to feel such an emotional state.
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The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, andLive–and How You Can Change Them by Richard J. Davidson

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You know it’s a good book when you start highlighting the introduction.
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“The smallest, most fleeting unit of emotion is an emotional state.
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Typically lasting only a few seconds, it tends to be triggered by an experience—the spike of joy you feel at the macaroni collage your child made you for Mother’s Day, the sense of accomplishment you feel upon finishing a big project at work, the anger you feel over having to work all three days of a holiday weekend, the sadness you feel when your child is the only one in her class not invited to a party.
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Emotional states can also arise from purely mental activity, such as daydreaming, or introspection, or anticipating the future.
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But whether they are triggered by real-world experiences or mental ones, emotional states tend to dissipate, each giving way to the next?
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Life is a river,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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A river
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runs rapidly,
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then —–Slows——-
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m-e-a-n-d-e-r-s
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a while,
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in places,
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like life,
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downstream
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always
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a mystery.
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Acceptance
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Slows
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the current
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of emotion
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of doubt
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and worry.
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Allowing us to
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Use our oars
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to direct,
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Our attention
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On this journey.
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