Autonomic surveillance: what can polyvagal theory teach us?

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Autonomic surveillance: what can polyvagal theory teach us? HOW IS THE human condition under the pandemic corona times we are all facing, different from the usual predicament of humanity, which requires our going about our lives, while knowing, somewhere in the depths of our subconscious, that death may be just around the corner? Surely, the […]

INNER RESOURCES, SELF-FAMILIARITY & THE EMOTIONAL IMMUNE SYSTEM

INNER RESOURCES, SELF-FAMILIARITY & THE EMOTIONAL IMMUNE SYSTEM

Ruth Shidlo, PhD. IT HAS BEEN suggested that one of the so-called structures of our personality can be envisioned as a narcissistic envelope—like our skin, this narcissistic envelope differentiates between us and the outside world, protecting us from foreign influences (Solan, 2015) .  Through-out development, we are attracted to that which is similar to us […]

?What is depression and how prevalent is it

What is depression and how prevalent is it?

GIVEN THE MIND-BODY connection, our mental health affects our physical health and vice ver-sa. Depression is no exception. Many suffer from depression at least once during their lifetime. The length and severity of symptoms varies from person to person. Generally speaking, it is best to intervene as soon as possible and attempt to nip the […]

Seven steps to track your anxiety level

Seven steps to track your anxiety level

Some anxiety in our lives can be productive, as it drives us to prepare for what lies ahead, thus enhancing our performance, say at school or work. But as we all know, anxiety can vary in the frequency with which it assails us, and its severity, ranging from mild to moderate or high levels, some […]

Stress and the traumatic stress reaction

Stress and the traumatic stress reaction

We are all stressed at some time or other. Other words we might use to describe how we feel might include: feeling pressured, under strain or tense. So what is stress? According to the online Oxford Dictionary, stress means “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” […]

What is trauma? Can it be prevented or healed? (Part II)

Developmental and shock trauma Although not mutually exclusive, since the same person can suffer from both, Levine differentiates between ‘developmental’ trauma and ‘shock’ trauma. Traditionally, the area of developmental trauma has been dealt with by psychoanalytic theory. Freud grappled with the intricacies of developmental trauma, and continually revised his thinking on the subject throughout his […]

What is trauma? Can it be prevented or healed? (Part I)

The ‘Stream of Life’ metaphor describes our emotional life, which flows like a river within its banks. This river contains all our sensations, feelings, thoughts and behaviors, which are under our control. There are also stones and boulders in the riverbed, difficult situations we have faced in the past, and which may account for some […]

The Challenges of Living with Pain

A previous version of this article appeared in Pulse, May 13th, 2016. Normally we seek to avoid pain, whether associated with a known physical condition such as an injury or illness, or something more clearly perceived as psychic/emotional pain, such as despair, helplessness, anxiety. It is often easier to deal with acute pain, which by […]

The body mind clinic

When I first studied clinical psychology (e.g., psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy) many years ago, the focus was on ‘talking’ therapy. Nowadays, the newer therapies, such as Focusing and Somatic Experiencing (SE) utilize a more unified body-mind approach, and tend to be more short-term. As a trauma therapist, I help my clients use their brains, minds and bodies […]

What is Somatic Experiencing?

Soma (Latin) means body We experience our body via its sensations. A sensation can feel pleasurable or painful. In order to describe sensations associated with constriction or trauma, we may use words such as heavy, congested, queasy, disconnected, empty. Sensations associated with expansion and healing include words such as light, flowing, bubbly, warm, solid. If […]