Saturday, March 20, 2010

Three steps to resolving emotional trauma

1. Understanding and integrating the following formula:

Communication * Performance (or Actions)

What has the Communication of your Performance (or Actions) over Time been? What could it be with conscious intention?

2. Ending the behavioral pattern oscillating between Worthless / Special

3. Resolving Guilt through admission of such. Admission of guilt usually provokes anxiety.

Regardless of the source of the emotional trauma (rape, adoption, molestation, etc.), all trauma victims exhibit behavior that oscillates between feelings of Worthless / Special. See below for more about this.

Emotional trauma results in physical brain trauma. The physical trauma prevents feeling the full spectrum of emotions that are available to those more emotionally congruent.

EDIT 11/2/2013:  The above equation is good, but forgets the Trust aspect of (Trust + Performance) * Communication.  It assumes you can trust someone who is not deliberately tricking you.  Psychopaths exist, so the form above is naive if you are looking to a theory of the universe it will lead to a dominating dictator.  Assuming you have safe environment and are not blindly listening to an authority figure dictate your life, the formula does work however.  (I grew up around Hannibal Lecter psychiatrists, so should have written this disclaimer earlier.)  The formula IS good, if you assume God or Trust in something other than a human being actively tricking you.


  1. Does your theoretical approach endorse the theoretical basis described in RCTN? I read about RCTN, The Rational-Choice Theory of Neurosis, in a recent article in an academic [Journal of Psychotherapy Integration © 2010 American Psychological Association 2010, Vol. 20, No. 2, 152–202]where the author describes an "innovative, alternative" approach called Rational Insight Therapy and cites massive amounts of clinical research and empirical studies which go against the founding principles of traditional psychopathology and psychotherapy. The author, Dr. Rofe, also cites a 2008 review article,[Review of General Psychology Copyright 2008 by the American Psychological Association 2008, Vol. 12, No. 1, 63–85], in which he cites even more evidence that Repression and the Unconscious do not exist. The conscious-rational terms by which he explains a person's CHOICE of neurotic symptoms -- as coping mechanisms to distract from current stressors -- reminded me of your formula and especially the 2nd question: "What has the Communication of your Performance over Time been? What could it be with conscious intention?" Any feedback in discussing would be a great help! thanks and keep up the good work, sounds interesting

  2. RCTN seems to target neurotic behaviors and interrupt them consciously. I agree with that approach 100%. My response and thesis is all those neurotic behaviors can be classified into a form of treating oneself or others as either worthless or special.