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"Alexithymics substitute the language of action for that of emotion. When asked, “How would you feel if you saw a truck coming at you at eighty miles per hour?” most people would say, “I’d be terrified” or “I’d be frozen with fear.” An alexithymic might reply, “How would I feel? I don’t know. . . . I’d get out of the way.” They tend to register emotions as physical problems rather than as signals that something deserves their attention. Instead of feeling angry or sad, they experience muscle pain, bowel irregularities, or other symptoms for which no cause can be found. About three quarters of patients with anorexia nervosa, and more than half of all patients with bulimia, are bewildered by their emotional feelings and have great difficulty describing them. When researchers showed pictures of angry or distressed faces to people with alexithymia, they could not figure out what those people were feeling. One of the first people who taught me about alexithymia was the psychiatrist Henry Krystal, who worked with more than a thousand Holocaust survivors in his effort to understand massive psychic trauma. Krystal, himself a concentration camp survivor, found that many of his patients were professionally successful, but their intimate relationships were bleak and distant. Suppressing their feelings had made it possible to attend to the business of the world, but at a price. They learned to shut down their once overwhelming emotions, and, as a result, they no longer recognized what they were feeling. Few of them had any interest in therapy..." Dr. van der Kolk / The Body Keeps the Score - Chapter 6: Losing Your Body, Losing Your Self #besselvanderkolk #thebodykeepsthescore #cptsd #developmentaltraumadisorder #somaticexperiencing #somatictherapy #affectregulation #add #adhd #childhoodtrauma #dissociation #did #cfs #fibromialgia #traumainformedyoga #socialanxiety #addiction #bingeeating #selfawareness #yinyoga #emdr #traumatherapy #bpd #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #complextrauma #alexithymia #majordepressivedisorder #cfs #anorexianervosa #bulimia #eatingdisorderawareness ...

"The body responds to extreme experiences by secreting stress hormones. These are often blamed for subsequent illness and disease. However, stress hormones are meant to give us the strength and endurance to respond to extraordinary conditions. People who actively do something to deal with a disaster—rescuing loved ones or strangers, transporting people to a hospital, being part of a medical team, pitching tents or cooking meals—utilize their stress hormones for their proper purpose and therefore are at much lower risk of becoming traumatized. (Nonetheless, everyone has his or her breaking point, and even the best-prepared person may become overwhelmed by the magnitude of the challenge.) Helplessness and immobilization keep people from utilizing their stress hormones to defend themselves. When that happens, their hormones still are being pumped out, but the actions they’re supposed to fuel are thwarted. Eventually, the activation patterns that were meant to promote coping are turned back against the organism and now keep fueling inappropriate fight/flight and freeze responses. In order to return to proper functioning, this persistent emergency response must come to an end. The body needs to be restored to a baseline state of safety and relaxation from which it can mobilize to take action in response to real danger. My friends and teachers Pat Ogden and Peter Levine have each developed powerful body-based therapies, sensorimotor psychotherapy and somatic experiencing to deal with this issue." Dr. Bessel van der Kolk 📸: @nonfictionbookclub_ #thebodykeepsthescore #besselvanderkolk #ptsd #cptsd #somaticexperiencing #sensorymotorpsychotherapy #sensoryintegration #affectregulation #bodyworker #emdr #somatictherapy #anxiety #hypervigilance #panicdisorder #depression #dissociation #bpd #alcoholaddiction #addiction #bingeeating #cutting #bodyawareness #traumainformedyoga ...

Cozy Sunday with Bebe and Bessel. 💙
#Repost @thetatumreads with @repostapp
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At the core of recovery is self-awareness. The most important phrases in trauma therapy are “Notice that” and “What happens next?” Traumatized people live with seemingly unbearable sensations: They feel heartbroken and suffer from intolerable sensations in the pit of their stomach or tightness in their chest. Yet avoiding feeling these sensations in our bodies increases our vulnerability to being overwhelmed by them.
	Body awareness puts us in touch with our inner world, the landscape of our organism. Simply noticing our annoyance, nervousness, or anxiety immediately helps us shift our perspective and opens up new options other than our automatic, habitual reactions. Mindfulness puts us in touch with the transitory nature of our feelings and perceptions. When we pay focused attention to our bodily sensations, we can recognize the ebb and flow of our emotions and, with that, increase our control over them.
	Traumatized people are often afraid of feeling. It is not so much the perpetrators (who, hopefully, are no longer around to hurt them) but their own physical sensations that now are the enemy.-Dr. Bessel van der Kolk #thebodykeepsthescore #besselvanderkolk #somaticexperiencing #ptsd #cptsd #emdr #selfawareness #meditation #traumainformedyoga #traumasensitiveyoga #traumatherapy #dissociation #addiction #anxiety #bingeeating #bpd #dbt #affectregulation #developmentaltrauma #childhoodtrauma #did #rapevictim #veteransuicideawareness #bodyawareness.

Cozy Sunday with Bebe and Bessel. 💙 #Repost @thetatumreads with @repostapp ・・・ At the core of recovery is self-awareness. The most important phrases in trauma therapy are “Notice that” and “What happens next?” Traumatized people live with seemingly unbearable sensations: They feel heartbroken and suffer from intolerable sensations in the pit of their stomach or tightness in their chest. Yet avoiding feeling these sensations in our bodies increases our vulnerability to being overwhelmed by them. Body awareness puts us in touch with our inner world, the landscape of our organism. Simply noticing our annoyance, nervousness, or anxiety immediately helps us shift our perspective and opens up new options other than our automatic, habitual reactions. Mindfulness puts us in touch with the transitory nature of our feelings and perceptions. When we pay focused attention to our bodily sensations, we can recognize the ebb and flow of our emotions and, with that, increase our control over them. Traumatized people are often afraid of feeling. It is not so much the perpetrators (who, hopefully, are no longer around to hurt them) but their own physical sensations that now are the enemy.-Dr. Bessel van der Kolk #thebodykeepsthescore #besselvanderkolk #somaticexperiencing #ptsd #cptsd #emdr #selfawareness #meditation #traumainformedyoga #traumasensitiveyoga #traumatherapy #dissociation #addiction #anxiety #bingeeating #bpd #dbt #affectregulation #developmentaltrauma #childhoodtrauma #did #rapevictim #veteransuicideawareness #bodyawareness ...

"But if no one has ever looked at you with loving eyes or broken out in a smile when she sees you; if no one has rushed to help you (but instead said, “Stop crying, or I’ll give you something to cry about”), then you need to discover other ways of taking care of yourself. You are likely to experiment with anything—drugs, alcohol, binge eating, or cutting—that offers some kind of relief." #besselvanderkolk #thebodykeepsthescore #addiction #affectregulation #selfregulation #bingeeating #cutting #bpd #borderline #did #somaticexperiencing #traumainformedyoga #developmentaltrauma #ptsd #cptsd #developmentaltrauma #childhoodtrauma #abusiverelationship #psychomotortherapy #emdr #nervoussystem #cptsdawareness #selfawareness #dissociation #dissociativeidentitydisorder #traumasensitiveyoga #traumainformedcare #nytimesbestseller ...

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If not now, when? Who are the people in your tribe and what blessings and traumas did they impart to you on a cellular level? Who are the people that may benefit from your embarking on your intergenerational limbic healing? Start with the softer spots. There is no need for force. One degree of change may have exponential results.
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#buttestrong #recovery #brainspotting #yogalife #mentalhealthawareness #chicocalifornia #brainspottingbutte #firstresponders #breathe #intergenerationaltrauma #yogalife #intergenerationalhealing #letitgo #brainspottingchico #transformation #grieftogratitude #traumarecovery #yogilance #lferrislcsw #ifstherapy #ptsdrecovery #affectregulation #love.

If not now, when? Who are the people in your tribe and what blessings and traumas did they impart to you on a cellular level? Who are the people that may benefit from your embarking on your intergenerational limbic healing? Start with the softer spots. There is no need for force. One degree of change may have exponential results. . . . #buttestrong #recovery #brainspotting #yogalife #mentalhealthawareness #chicocalifornia #brainspottingbutte #firstresponders #breathe #intergenerationaltrauma #yogalife #intergenerationalhealing #letitgo #brainspottingchico #transformation #grieftogratitude #traumarecovery #yogilance #lferrislcsw #ifstherapy #ptsdrecovery #affectregulation #love ...

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Another great post on Alexithymia. I know I’m always posting about this, but it’s not well known by therapists and survivors alike and is debilitating and totally derails therapy if overlooked. So here’s another explanation of it, reshared from @thebodykeepsthescore .
(Reposted with @get_repost)
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“Alexithymics substitute the language of action for that of emotion. When asked, “How would you feel if you saw a truck coming at you at eighty miles per hour?” most people would say, “I’d be terrified” or “I’d be frozen with fear.” An alexithymic might reply, “How would I feel? I don’t know. . . . I’d get out of the way.” They tend to register emotions as physical problems rather than as signals that something deserves their attention. Instead of feeling angry or sad, they experience muscle pain, bowel irregularities, or other symptoms for which no cause can be found. About three quarters of patients with anorexia nervosa, and more than half of all patients with bulimia, are bewildered by their emotional feelings and have great difficulty describing them. When researchers showed pictures of angry or distressed faces to people with alexithymia, they could not figure out what those people were feeling.”
~ Dr. van der Kolk / The Body Keeps the Score - Chapter 6: Losing Your Body, Losing Your Self.
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#besselvanderkolk #thebodykeepsthescore #cptsd #developmentaltraumadisorder #somaticexperiencing #somatictherapy #affectregulation #add #adhd #childhoodtrauma #dissociation #did #socialanxiety #addiction #bingeeating #selfawareness #emdr #traumatherapy #bpd #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #complextrauma #alexithymia #majordepressivedisorder #cfs #anorexianervosa #bulimia #eatingdisorderawareness.

Another great post on Alexithymia. I know I’m always posting about this, but it’s not well known by therapists and survivors alike and is debilitating and totally derails therapy if overlooked. So here’s another explanation of it, reshared from @thebodykeepsthescore . (Reposted with @get_repost ) ・・・ “Alexithymics substitute the language of action for that of emotion. When asked, “How would you feel if you saw a truck coming at you at eighty miles per hour?” most people would say, “I’d be terrified” or “I’d be frozen with fear.” An alexithymic might reply, “How would I feel? I don’t know. . . . I’d get out of the way.” They tend to register emotions as physical problems rather than as signals that something deserves their attention. Instead of feeling angry or sad, they experience muscle pain, bowel irregularities, or other symptoms for which no cause can be found. About three quarters of patients with anorexia nervosa, and more than half of all patients with bulimia, are bewildered by their emotional feelings and have great difficulty describing them. When researchers showed pictures of angry or distressed faces to people with alexithymia, they could not figure out what those people were feeling.” ~ Dr. van der Kolk / The Body Keeps the Score - Chapter 6: Losing Your Body, Losing Your Self. . . . #besselvanderkolk #thebodykeepsthescore #cptsd #developmentaltraumadisorder #somaticexperiencing #somatictherapy #affectregulation #add #adhd #childhoodtrauma #dissociation #did #socialanxiety #addiction #bingeeating #selfawareness #emdr #traumatherapy #bpd #borderlinepersonalitydisorder #complextrauma #alexithymia #majordepressivedisorder #cfs #anorexianervosa #bulimia #eatingdisorderawareness ...

As we approach Mothers Day I thought it appropriate to share what has been beautifully researched and articulated by Jaak Panksepp in Affective neuroscience and substantiated by research in epigenetics; that early attachment through unconditional love and affection has a direct impact on the formation of affective brain systems and gene expression.  This research adds to the overwhelming evidence from the pioneering work work of Harry Harlow and John Bowlby that secure attachment, close proximity, touch, and loving affection are essential to human growth and development. The bottom line is that while culture may sell us ideas that we should refrain from over coddling and that infants should be encouraged to self-regulate their emotional state virtually all scientific data suggests otherwise. Crying is the universal language of infants and an evolutionary strategy of communication.  Cry it out strategies and rearing methods of social isolation not only have zero empirical support, on the contrary there is mounting evidence they do significant and lasting psychological harm.  This early childhood trauma is virtually irreversible.  While I would strongly encourage all humans to explore the work of Panksepp directly his work may be a bit challenging so a great resource is the book “Affective Regulation and The Origin of Self” by Allen Schore. @paul.chek @nurture_neuroscience_parenting #affectregulation #affectiveneuroscience #parenting #unconditionallove #unconditionalparenting #babies.

As we approach Mothers Day I thought it appropriate to share what has been beautifully researched and articulated by Jaak Panksepp in Affective neuroscience and substantiated by research in epigenetics; that early attachment through unconditional love and affection has a direct impact on the formation of affective brain systems and gene expression. This research adds to the overwhelming evidence from the pioneering work work of Harry Harlow and John Bowlby that secure attachment, close proximity, touch, and loving affection are essential to human growth and development. The bottom line is that while culture may sell us ideas that we should refrain from over coddling and that infants should be encouraged to self-regulate their emotional state virtually all scientific data suggests otherwise. Crying is the universal language of infants and an evolutionary strategy of communication. Cry it out strategies and rearing methods of social isolation not only have zero empirical support, on the contrary there is mounting evidence they do significant and lasting psychological harm. This early childhood trauma is virtually irreversible. While I would strongly encourage all humans to explore the work of Panksepp directly his work may be a bit challenging so a great resource is the book “Affective Regulation and The Origin of Self” by Allen Schore. @paul.chek @nurture_neuroscience_parenting #affectregulation #affectiveneuroscience #parenting #unconditionallove #unconditionalparenting #babies ...

I saw a reference that read: “Please forgive me if I don’t talk much at times. It’s loud enough in my head” ——
Soljah Brown Update:  It may be a good segway for a Sol-JAH update! Soljah (almost 9 months now) has really shifted his gears in the clinical setting and has shown to be quite sensitive to unspoken emotions in the room. We are able to read each other more - allowing for more frequent  commands to exit his crate to ground the room (to lie on or by the feet of clients). He has his behaviours (I’m learning his mannerisms too) that help me read more into what might be happening in the room that may be inexpressible for a client. What a fantastic colleague!! -
#sol #divine #colleagues #workplace #work #workingdog #therapydog #therapy #pictureoftheday #dogsofinstagram #dogs #playbasedlearning #emotionallanguage #affectregulation #groundingtechniques #cptsd #ptsd #anxiety.

I saw a reference that read: “Please forgive me if I don’t talk much at times. It’s loud enough in my head” —— Soljah Brown Update: It may be a good segway for a Sol-JAH update! Soljah (almost 9 months now) has really shifted his gears in the clinical setting and has shown to be quite sensitive to unspoken emotions in the room. We are able to read each other more - allowing for more frequent commands to exit his crate to ground the room (to lie on or by the feet of clients). He has his behaviours (I’m learning his mannerisms too) that help me read more into what might be happening in the room that may be inexpressible for a client. What a fantastic colleague!! - #sol #divine #colleagues #workplace #work #workingdog #therapydog #therapy #pictureoftheday #dogsofinstagram #dogs #playbasedlearning #emotionallanguage #affectregulation #groundingtechniques #cptsd #ptsd #anxiety ...