Tag Archive: fight flight or freeze

May 11 2017

Wolf Fur, A Poem To Soothe Anxiety (Read This to Calm Yourself Down and Increase Self-Presence)

Be very still like a cat waiting on a mouse, like the snow blanketing at dawn. Quieting. Breathing. Allow the cords of pain writhing to stop, to yawn, to gaze at shadows dancing on a safe child’s ceiling; allow the panicked what-ifs squeezing your mind to hold teacups instead and to contemplate the steam rising …

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Feb 16 2017

The 8-Step Immobility Healing Exercise – How To Turn Immobility into a Door to Healing Past Trauma

If you find yourself frozen in immobility, what should you say – and what should you not say – to yourself? What can you do to help yourself get out of it? Today I Felt Paralyzed This morning I felt like I didn’t want to get up. It wasn’t voluntary. I didn’t decide I wouldn’t …

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Jul 03 2014

All About Self-Regulation – Learning To Manage The Hot and Cold of PTSD (Pendulation Article 2)

As I wrote in Pendulation Article 1, I have been doing the Pendulation Exercise lately because of dealing with a lot of triggers. Here are some of my own results from doing the Pendulation Exercise: Sometimes after about 10 minutes of doing Pendulation I feel a 30% reduction of activation. Sometimes there is a moment …

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Jun 26 2014

Pendulation Exercise – Connecting to Resources (Pendulation Article 1)

Pendulation is an exercise to develop a relationship between the “unresourced” and the “resourced” parts of our consciousness or inner universe. Between the lost and the found, the fragment and the whole. Note that this is all from my personal experiences as a Somatic Experiencing client who experiences PTSD.   Stressed Out of My Mind. …

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Apr 06 2014

Rapid Resolution Therapy – Visual Symbols (Session 2)

Here are some visual symbols that came up for me as a result of my second session of Rapid Resolution Therapy. Terms related to generating images of inner states: active imagination, visualization, symbolic representation, guided meditation, visions, visual intelligence The Three-pointed Flame – Symbol of Freedom, Clarity and Wholeness I saw a symbol of a flame …

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Apr 03 2014

Rapid Resolution Therapy – Visual Symbols (Session 1)

I went to my first session of Rapid Resolution Therapy. In this post I am going to share some of the images that came up for me as part of my healing process during and after the session. Terms related to generating images of inner states: active imagination, visualization, symbolic representation, guided meditation, visions, visual …

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Jan 06 2014

7 PTSD Feedback Loops

In the book I have been working on, The Art of Healing Trauma (tentative title), which chronicles my healing journey through PTSD, I identify 7 Feedback Loops that act like quicksand, pulling one further into PTSD even as one desires to find one’s way out. This needs further research, but feedback loops could be one …

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Oct 21 2012

Are You Part Rageaholic? All About Rageaholism and PTSD

The definition of rageaholic is, “a person who gets excited by expressing rage; a person prone to extreme anger with little or no provocation” (Dictionary.com). This is a rather underdeveloped definition. On the Wikipedia page there are more details, mainly focusing on developing self-control and anger management skills. But what is going on underneath? Eliminating …

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Oct 08 2012

Flash Rage – Anger After Trauma is a Sign of Healing

What is anger? How can those recovering from trauma use anger proactively as part of the healing process? How can we distinguish between anger related to developmental challenges (for example anger due to abandonment as a child), versus anger lodged in the nervous system after an impactful traumatic event (“fight response”, “flash rage”), versus anger …

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