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Chapter Five: Making Progress

Patricia Frankish Karnac Books ePub

How do I keep them all in line?

They do what they want and do it with ease

Without a thank you a yes or a please.

I lose lots of time and I have lots of fear

I wonder what happens when I am not here

Will you please tell me how I should cope

Because what they are doing has too much scope.

This was the most horrid thing she had seen

She did not understand the alters that came

She felt oh so lost and like she was lame

She needed the healing therapy gave

It felt like conducting a musical stave

She needed the help and she needed it so

She would know more of what each did know.

What are they showing me and how do I let

Them come out with me knowing and finally have joy?

Are they a girl an animal or boy?

I am confused and I need to know

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Chapter Two: A Usual Bumpy Road to Treatment

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What did I do wrong to deserve such abuse
Sometimes I wonder what is the use
In trying to understand people and world
Evil is the only plan that is unfurled
People are cruel and hurt and dismay
People are just there to ruin your day
I don't understand this world oh so cruel
Everyone tried to maim and to rule.

Life should not competitive be
It should be good and of abuse free
So I don't understand where this abounds
Just like I do not understand sound
People can hurt with words and not heal
People can be unjust and not real
And when you cant talk it just is not fair
To have dictatorial people there.

Lots of loud sound gets right in my face
Just like the making of life like a race
Be kind instead of horrid and wrong
Tune your mind into a different song
Do not be clipped but open your door
Be receptive and then you will soar
No abuse, no shouting, you frighten my world
And then a planet of peace can be unfurled.

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CHAPTER THIRTEEN. How can we remember but be unable to recall? The complex functions of multi-modular memory

Valerie Sinason Karnac Books ePub

Mary Sue Moore

In this chapter, Mary Sue Moore reviews new research findings on multi-modular human memory systems which have important implications for understanding the impact of trauma on memory. She then focuses on procedural and declarative memory as shown in human-figure drawings.

Recent neurocognitive research has produced empirical findings regarding the non-linear organization and interactive complexity of all human brain functions. Previous methods used for measuring brain function—as state rather than dynamic process—have limited our conceptualization of the variability and overall capacity of the human mind. Theoretical formulations of these functions generally involved either cause-and-effect statements or attempted measurements of an “absolute” capacity. The most widely accepted methods of data analysis were linear. This chapter presents an invitation to the reader to consider the profound implications, for mental health treatment and human development, of non-linear, interactive formulations of human brain function which recognize physiological process and context as dynamically linked aspects of an irreducible whole. This understanding of brain function as a dynamic, interactive process, along with the concepts of neural plasticity and multi-modular organization, forms the basis of a revolutionary new theory of human memory. The conceptual frame described above is one that relies on a complex systems point of view, not just as an option, but as a necessity if we are to gather an accurate understanding of any brain function. It has become clear that to adopt a linear, isolated frame of reference when analysing human brain function—in this case, memory—is to distort that which we are studying to the point of gathering “false or erroneous” data (Grigsby & Schneiders, 1991; Grigsby, Schneiders, & Kaye, 1991). Grigsby and Schneiders (1991) describe the irreducible interactive whole—which is comprised of the organism and its environment—lucidly arguing for the abandonment of the well-practiced experimental approach in which a particular function is selected and experiments are carefully (and artificially) designed to study this “uncontaminated” by other human processes:

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Chapter Ten: What's Different About Ritual Abuse and Mind Control

Valerie Sinason Karnac Books ePub

Alison Miller

Someone recently told me that I needed a break from “studying evil”. That phrase, studying evil, stuck with me, and as I thought about it, I realised that it is indeed what I have been doing. The people I have treated for the past twenty-five years, survivors of mind control and ritual abuse, whom I study and learn from and write about and hopefully help heal, have been harmed by more than just traumatised perpetrators passing on their own abuse and dysfunction to the next generation. They have, as children, been traumatised by highly organised evil. We know of highly organised evil from what the Nazis did in the Holocaust, and we know of the Nazi doctors who experimented in heinous ways on children, in the concentration camps, a place where there were no ethical guidelines for research on human beings. What is not generally known is that these same Nazi doctors, along with experts of other nationalities eager to learn from them, continued their experiments after the war, guiding international political and criminal groups who wanted to learn how to train children to participate in illegal activities their whole lives without their conscious knowledge of this participation. The key was to create dissociative disorders in those children through severe, life-threatening trauma.

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CHAPTER SIX. “What if I should die?”

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Jennifer Johns

In this chapter, Jennifer Johns describes the terrible physical countertransference impact on an analyst listening to a patient talk of systemic savage abuse in childhood. This raises the complex issue of truth in the consulting-room.

A psychoanalyst, not young or inexperienced and to the best of her knowledge in perfect health, was sitting very still and listening to an extremely distressed patient speaking with great difficulty, of memories implying savage, perverse, and systematic many-layered cruelty in childhood.

During the story, the analyst suddenly developed pain in her own chest. The pain was central, and gradually became severe enough to make her seriously anxious about herself and to prevent her ordinary concentration on what was happening in the session. She began to try to recollect old fragments of her training in medicine as the pain spread upwards into her jaw, and she became more and more frightened that she was having a heart attack. She tried to reassure herself that the pain, though acute, was not typically cardiac, and intellectually she tried to make sense of it in the naive hope that, once made sense of, it would go away. Unable to listen to or concentrate on her patient, she told herself that it was probably indigestion, or not in fact real, and chided herself for failing her patient at such a vital moment. She told herself that she must pull herself together and return to her concentration on the patient and the session, and that until the pain went down her left arm she would not interrupt the session. However, she was very frightened.

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