Recovering from traumatic experiences

NTS eBook No.5 – Facing and Defeating your Emotional Dragons: How to process and eliminate undigested pain from your past

by Jim Byrne

cover-image-finalThis is an invaluable, therapeutic book, because it explains how to rethinkserious traumatic experience from the past; to feel it fully for the first time, but from a position of strength – so that you can face it down; defeat it; control it; and put it in its rightful place – which is to say, cut and dried; done; over; finished; burned out!  Thereafter, it can no longer threaten you or harm you!

This book was designed specifically to help the reader to resolve their emotional disturbances which are driven by old, painful, undigested experiences from their past.

The author describes two potent processes which were developed as part of the core of our system of Emotive-Cognitive Embodied Narrative Therapy (E-CENT).  Both of these approaches need the support of a healthy approach to diet and exercise!

The first process is a way to reinterpret your past experiences which were too horrible to confront when they happened to you, way back in your childhood, or early life.  These experiences are what we call your ‘emotional dragons’, or ‘undigested traumatic experiences’.

The second process is a way to digest and dissolve those ‘dragons’ so that they can disappear from your life, and no longer cause you any problems in the present moment, or in the future.

drjim-counsellor1These two processes are illustrated via some interesting case study material from E-CENT counselling. And there is supplementary material on how to rate your emotional problems accurately, plus helpful guidelines for the use of diet and exercise to manage your related anxiety.  Also, there are some useful insights into the kinds of personality adaptations we tend to make to our family of origin, because those adaptations are often implicated in our most troublesome early experiences.

The reader will come away with an arsenal of techniques and ideas to help them heal their undigested emotional traumas from the past.  They will thoroughly learn the futility of trying to suppress old, traumatic experiences.  That kind of attempt will be exposed as counterproductive.

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cover-imageIn this book, some powerful images from recent literature – including Helen Macdonald’s ‘hawk’, and Hanya Yanagihara’s images of repression – are used to illustrate both the foolishness of trying to deny past pain, and the potency of completing and digesting those experiences, so they can disappear; showing also what it feels like to be liberated when they have gone!

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E-CENT counsellors teach their clients how to go back and dig up the undigested dragon experiences from their past, and to ‘complete’ them: which involves feeling the feelings and having the thoughts that we ran away from in our earlier live – because we were too young and vulnerable to face them.  When you complete and digest those experiences, you will be exorcising those troublesome ‘ghosts’ and ‘ghouls’ in the basement of your mind.  Once you have chewed through those experiences, your health and happiness will tend to improve, and the world will look and feel like a much better place to live.

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ecent-logo-blue3If you want to clean up your own past traumas or unpleasant or painful experiences, or to help somebody else to do so, then this is the book for you.  Get it today, for just £6.16 GBP (which is $7.99 USD), from your nearest Amazon Kindle outlet:

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Extract from Part 1

The urge to repress emotional pain

(Here, I am writing about a former client – Alex): Alex’s unwillingness to stay with his pain is not uncommon.  We all tend to do this to some extent or other.

I became aware of this process in myself when I began to write my Story of Origins – (See NTS eBook No.2).  It took me a long time to ‘fish up’ some key memories, with bruised emotions attached. And to use those clues to build plausible stories of surrounding events and ‘realities’.

In moving on to write my novel about the life of Daniel O’Beeve – which is a heavily fictionalised autobiographical novel – I discovered the mechanism of ‘repression’ of painful emotional trauma, when I was describing Daniel, at the age of 19 years, being rejected by the girl he loved.  In exploring the imagery of that night, and the subsequent twenty-four hours, I discovered that Daniel could only recover from this devastating experience by doing what he had previously done with his unrequited love relationship with his mother, and other little romantic fantasies of his early teens.  He locked them in steel cabinets in the basement of his mind, from which they could not cause him conscious emotional distress.  But the cost to him was that he was now driven – from conscious levels of mind – to be avoidant of females, lest they hurt him again (his non-conscious goal) – while at the same time he consciously pursued the goal of getting a date, getting a kiss, or getting into a deeper and warmer relationship with a young woman.  But the non-conscious goal was always going to be the stronger, and so he walked alone through the world, feeling the lack of the one thing he was non-consciously committed to avoiding!

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ecent-logo-blue3If you want to clean up your own past traumas or unpleasant or painful experiences, or to help somebody else to do so, then this is the book for you.  Get it today, for just £6.16 GBP (which is $7.99 USD), from your nearest Amazon Kindle outlet:

Amazon.com Amazon.co.uk Amazon.it Amazon.nl
Amazon.ca Amazon.com.au Amazon.co.jp Amazon.de
Amazon.es Amazon.fr

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