Inroads In Trauma Treatment: Self-Regulating Emotions
"The subjective experience of trauma is unique and varies according to the individual and the type of trauma. What does not vary is the fact that trauma often results in a devastating intrusion into a wished for life of peace, calm and well-being along with a corresponding unexpected and undesired fragmented sense of self and of life in general." – Abstract of a research article by Rollin McCraty, Ph.D. and Maria A Zayas Ph.D., published September 2014 in Frontiers in Psychology magazine
There are various schools of trauma therapy, for achieving the "wished-for life of peace, calm and well-being" referred to in the quote. A fast emerging, though not entirely new, approach is training trauma victims how to better self-regulate their thoughts and emotions. Continue reading
The Making of Emotions
Your emotions – Things happen, you engage in conversation, attempt to do something, go someplace. Feelings arise and you often feel them in your body. Sound about right? Pretty simple.
Except it turns out that emotions, and where and how they originate, are not simple at all.
For nearly all of human history, emotions have been the subject of much debate among scientists, HeartMath Institute (HMI) Research Director Dr. Rollin McCraty writes in his scientific monograph, Heart-Brain Neurodynamics: The Making of Emotions. Continue reading
Researchers say the anger, resentment and blame people hold on to, often for years, accounts for a lot of today’s health problems, and learning how to forgive could prove to be curative and preventative.
“Emotional development in children is crucial and yet severely disregarded,” says a well-known author, consultant and speaker who was greatly impressed by a new family board game from HeartMath.
“I was really blown away by the Wild Ride to the Heart,” Dr. Jim Taylor recently told the HeartMath Institute. Taylor is recognized worldwide for his work in the psychology of performance in business, parenting and sports.
From childhood through our golden years, we all are bound to experience our share of challenges – mentally, physically and emotionally. Life’s filled with them, and It doesn’t matter whether we are rich or poor, where we come from or what we believe. Personally or through our relationships, we all are touched by life’s challenges.
Things are bound to happen in our lives that are upsetting, make us angry or fearful and cause other emotional distress. With the relentless pace and pressure of life in the 21st century, keeping on an even keel at all times isn’t easily achieved for most people.
Want to truly take control of your life? Then you really should take a few moments to understand this term because it has a lot to do with how you think, feel and respond to all sorts of situations, information and more importantly, the stressors in your life.