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There’s a moment. I’m sure it hits everyone who uproots themselves from what’s completely normal to them. But this moment is something I’ve never really experienced before. It’s electric. And in the same way you get energy coursing through your veins, it’s also a bit shocking at times. You see, as much as I left myself…
“Life isn’t as serious as my mind makes it out to be.” Eckhart Tolle ~ A New Earth
“The deepest hunger in Life is a secret that is revealed only when a person is willing to unlock a hidded part of the self. In the ancient traditions of wisdom, this quest has been likened to diving for the most precious pearl in existence, a poetic way of saying that you have to swim far out beyond shallow waters, plunge deeply into yourself, and search patiently until the pearl beyond price is found”. Pearl Beyond Price A.H.Almaas
It’s an exciting time to be getting into the world of therapy. In the last 10 years, brain research aided by technology which allows scientists and psychologists to map actual areas of the brain and have a good look at what happens there, has shed a fascinating biological light on the theory behind psychology and therapy.
One such example is attachment theory. In 1969 John Bowlby noticed that development in infants, both human and animals, is very much associated with how secure the initial attachment to their primary caregiver was. This is especially vital in the first year of life. If the primary caregiver is distant, disorganized, inconsistent or unavailable for whatever reason, the child will develop an insecure attachment style. Bowlby was basically testing out Freud’s theories and seeing if he could find a biological basis for Freud’s theory of psychodynamic development. As quoted by his colleague Mary Ainsworth…
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Here we cite and use excerpts from an interesting article (1) that suggests addiction is the consequence of insecure attachment to our caregivers in early childhood and that as the result addicts often learn to consume substances, or behave in certain “rewarding” ways such as gambling, hypersexual activity etc to cope with emotional distress. An emotional distress borne out of not being able to regulate our own emotions effectively, a distress borne out of not having the the neural machinery to regulate out emotional states. This impaired neural machinery has not developed as the vital emotional connection between person and primary care giver has been lacking, or the person has had a number of adverse childhood experiences.
It is saying that environment, the most basic environmental stimulus, that of our primary caregiver is actually fundamental to wiring our emotional brains. What we experience externally is in fact reflected in the…
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