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Applied Psychoneurobiology

In the course of our lives, everyone experiences emotionally troubling events. These may be due to conflicts with people close to us, or may result from unfortunate events that happen to us (or to people close to us). Most of these emotional events are dealt with naturally, but some remain unresolved in the subconscious.

These unresolved subconscious memories reside deep in the mid-brain and are often unrecognized by the conscious memory. They may cause no trouble at all, but under certain circumstances, may express themselves and cause emotional or physical distress.

Unresolved emotional conflicts (UEC's) are often expressed through internal organs. Ancient Chinese medicine was aware of this and recognized that not only are organs involved in expressing feelings, but also that each type of emotion is expressed through a particular organ. For example, fear is expressed through the kidneys, sorrow through the lungs, anxiety through the stomach, anger through the liver, etc.

The connection of emotions to organs is not entirely unfamiliar to western culture. English and other European languages are replete with expressions like "heartache", "venting one's spleen" and being unable to "stomach" something. In recent years modern neurochemistry is confirming that these ancient ideas are correct. The brain does manufacture chemicals according to the types of emotions and these travel through the nerves to the internal organs.

Problems Arising from UEC's

UEC's tend to weaken the organs through which they are expressed. A person with unresolved anxiety may have many years of stomach sensitivity, indigestion, or even ulcers. The state of the organ may vary with the amount of stress the person is under, but in this particular person anxiety is expressed through the stomach.

Another person may have unresolved sorrow. This is likely to be expressed through the lungs as asthma, recurring lung infections or pneumonia. Although sorrow may not be the only reason that the lungs are having problems, the lungs may be the weak point in this person and this person may be more vulnerable to infections, etc., in this way.

Detecting UEC's

In Applied Psychoneurobiology, UEC's are dicovered using biological techniques (as opposed to psychoanalytical techniques). Biological techiniques involve very little talking. An example might be lightly touching the body over each internal organ and testing for change in arm muscle strength with each touch. A change in muscle strength is an autonomic nervous system response, i.e., the regulatory part of the nervous system is responding to a stimulus that it sees as significant.

If there is a weakening over a particular organ, it is likely that the organ is expressing a UEC. Then by reading a list of emotionally charged words related to that organ, and again testing for change in muscle strength, one can identify the specific emotion that the UEC is expressing.

Once the emotion has been identified, the task is to find the event in the patient's life (or in the life of a person close to the patient) that created the UEC. This is done by first finding the time of the event in the person's life, using change in muscle strength as a guide. For example the statement may be made that the event took place in the second decade (test for strength), then that is took place between age 25 and 30 (test for strength), etc.

Once the time of the event has been identified, a few statements are made to help identify who was involved, and a little about the circumstances of the event. It is not essential that the details of the event are disclosed; in fact a certain amount of privacy can be maintained by the patient if he or she wishes. This is not an intrusive process!

Once the physician senses that the process has brought the UEC close enough to the surface, treatment may begin.

Treatment of UEC's

Biological treatment of UEC's is predicated on three phenomena:

  1. Emotional memories are colour coded. Emotions "resonate" with specific colours and the body's response to colour (using changes in muscle strength as a guide) will help to facilitate treatment.
  2. Each emotional memory is stored in a specific place in the brain. The place can be identified by the direction of eye gaze that elicits a change in muscle strength.
  3. During dream sleep, eye gaze oscillates back and forth (REM sleep). It is felt that this movement "uncouples" the emotional memories of the previous day, so that the next day can begin with the subject emotionally refreshed.

With these ideas in mind, treatment begins by finding a colour that creates a change in the patient's muscle strength. This is done by placing coloured glasses on the patient's body and testing with each one for strength. Once a colour is found, the patient is asked to look sequentially in eight possible directions. In one direction there will be a change in muscle strength.

Once a colour and an eye direction are found, the patient is given appropriately coloured glasses to wear and asked to follow with his or her eyes an oscillating movement (EMDR) in the direction of gaze that had previously caused change in muscle strength. This procedure takes about a minute. During EMDR, emotions sometimes come to the surface or a forgotten event may be recalled. When this occurs, a significant UEC has usually been successfully treated. Muscle strength is again tested to confirm that treatment has been completed.

If no response occurs, it usually means that there is another more important UEC that has not yet been uncovered. The whole process is then repeated until the important UEC is found and treated.

Summary

Chronic and recurrent health problems are often caused (at least in part) by underlying unresolved emotional conflicts (UEC's). These difficulties are the result of conflicts or traumatic events in the life of the patient that have not been properly processed. The events that create these UEC's often result from relatively minor life experiences that have persisted because of misunderstandings or from childish beliefs.

UEC's tend to express themselved through internal organs in a pattern specific for the type of emotion. Biological clues can lead the physician and patient to the event that initiated the UEC. Coloured glasses and eye movement desensitization can "uncouple" the UEC and give the patient lasting relief from the symptoms that is has caused.

Applied Psychneurobiology is a rapid, efficient, and non-intrusive method of finding and treating unresolved emotional conflicts that may be impairing a person's physical and/or emotional health.