The feeling of loss can be minimized or eliminated with a change in our perception and actions. The concept of possessing or owning is something we can explore and maybe influence.
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From Sharpening the Warriors Edge: The Psychology of Training;
The performance curve referred to by Schmidt is a method of measuring the performance of a skill in relation to relative levels of stress.
For fine motor skills, or motor skills which have a high degree of cognitive decision-making, the research indicates that optimal performance will occur during low levels of stress.
Motor skills that are moderate in motor control and cognitive complexity will produce best results during moderate levels of stress.
Motor skills that use large muscle mass (gross motor skills) and are cognitively simple (require very little decision-making), produce optimal performance during high levels of stress.
From a physiological perspective, this principle is quite reasonable. We know that when the human body perceives stress, the body increases the production of adrenal hormones.
The adrenal hormones increase blood supply to the extremities, thus increasing an individual’s strength potential.
This explains why gross motor skills, such as power-lifting, can be performed optimally under high levels of stress.
However, an increase in adrenal hormones will also interfere with fine motor skills and accuracy during event performance.
Please help me find a definition of a healthy person in our Psychological World. A healthy person is one without any disorders. Our Science professionals are so dysfunctional with PTSD that even what heals, is a guess between many different therapies. How long does normal healing take, approximately? Is it one therapy or do multiple tools work better?
The proliferation of all these new PTSD therapies happened because the old CBT model failed miserably. What is the best for Complex PTSD?
Are there any statistics for us? Where are the metrics? Do they even recommend certain therapies for therapists that work better?
My healing happened on my own time with my daily practice. We are the driver of this recovery, the quarterback calling the healing plays every day. Take the reins today and make a daily plan to heal.
Where is the proactive approach of Psychology? Where are the guidelines for kids? What does the therapeutic world suggest for kids to practice in schools to be mentally healthy? How about us?
The affects of high anxiety on performance mirror the findings of the last two chapters. For example, Janis, Defares, Grossman (1983) report that when anxiety is high there is a “temporary loss of cognitive efficiency and a temporary loss of perceptual acuity, perceptual-motor coordination, and motor skills.”
The effects of high anxiety on motor performance are easy to understand. However, the affects of high anxiety on cognitive skills, may be linked to states of hypervigilance.
This is where we need to improve breathing and awareness. Simple not easy.
Mental filtering happens when you, or parts of yourself, focus on a negative detail of an event. Sometimes you can think of nothing else. You lose perspective. The brain filters through the experience and finds the most comfortable place – the one that tells you that you are less than. Positive experiences are rejected because you believe they are not real, do not last, do not count, or are only the result of luck.
For example, you prepared a nice dinner but the salad dressing was a little tart. You keep having negative thoughts about the dressing and worry about how people may think you are incompetent or a terrible cook. You become convinced the whole dinner was a complete failure when that is not true.
Perhaps some people like tart. Perhaps people remember the other dishes and envy your cooking skill.
from Psychiatric Disorders:
Not so long ago, structural changes in the brain were believed to be irreversible. Recent studies involving PET and MRI scans have led researchers to conclude that this idea is false. The brain can develop and alter its physical structure. One of the best ways to assist this process is meditation. Those who practice meditation increase gray matter in areas of the brain related to concentration, focus, emotion regulation, and reactions to stress. They also increase their resistance to depression and anxiety.
The patient in the case study has a rare condition that destroyed her amygdala. UI researchers observed the patient’s response to frightening stimuli such as a haunted house, snakes, spiders, and horror films, and asked her about traumatic experiences in her past -– including situations that had endangered her life. They found that without a functioning amygdala, the patient is unable to experience fear.
Full Article here: http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2010/december/121610ptsd.html
…[trauma] therapy needs to consist of helping people to be in their bodies and to understand their bodily sensations. And this is certainly not something that any of the traditional psychotherapies, that we have all been taught, help people to do very well.
- Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Founder and Medical Director of The Trauma Center.
From Clinical & Research News by Aaron Levin
“The default-mode network is active when the person is not focused on the external environment,” said Ruth Lanius, M.D., Ph.D., at the Anxiety Disorders Association of America’s annual conference in Baltimore in March. “It operates when individuals are engaged in internally focused tasks, like autobiographical memory retrieval, envisioning the future, and conceiving the perspectives of others.”
It may serve to consolidate and stabilize memories for later processing.
In working-memory tasks, healthy control subjects show more activity in the central executive network compared with those with PTSD. The PTSD group may have more difficulty engaging the executive network, and so moving out of the default-mode network and into cognitive tasks becomes more difficult.
The subjects with PTSD in Lanius’s study showed stronger connectivity between the prefrontal cingulate cortex and the right superior frontal gyrus and between the medial prefrontal cortex and the left parahippocampal gyrus, areas previously implicated in the default-mode network.