Accidental Gunshot #1

Using IEMT on Memories

There is a certain media portrayal of PTSD.  The dramatisation of the tortured hero, experiencing flashbacks and nightmares from which he awakens hot and sweaty to be soothed by his pretty blonde wife who gently coos, “You were having a nightmare, Honey.

There is a certain romance and heroism to the suffering – it makes him a man.

Childbirth scenes in the movies are an interesting phenomena too.  You never see a simple straightforward childbirth where there is no drama.  There is always tension, lots of screaming and the ever-present hint of a crisis.  I have a good friend who is a senior midwife and she wonders just how much such scenes affect women’s real-life experience of childbirth.

I wonder the same thing about PTSD.  most PTSD client’s I meet are vulnerable, neurotic, shaky and far from heroic.  Many feel like failures who accumulate ever more things going wrong in their lives.  Often, it seems that everything goes wrong for them.

The movie portrayal of the PTSD victim is that of the hero fallen.

You never see the portrayal of the ‘life’s-victim‘ fallen, the ‘idiot‘ fallen, the ‘low-achiever‘ fallen, the ‘life’s loser‘ fallen, or simply an ordinary person with ordinary problems and an ordinary life fallen.

In these two sessions, you will see two very ordinary people.  They are so far removed from the media representation that the naive observer might wonder if in fact they are really representative of PTSD.

FILE: Session Transcript (PDF) 

Accidental Gunshot #1

8 Responses to Accidental Gunshot #1

  1. SophieO says:

    What I find with PTSD recovery is that, it’s not so much that I am disappointed that a healing has worked, it’s more disbelief. The sensations have been so strong and debilitating in the past and especially when other attempts to stop the feelings/sensations/experiences haven’t worked that you’re waiting for the symptoms to come back. It’s hard to trust that this will work – especially when it works so quickly. I almost enjoy the fact that my eyes get stuck. Coz it feels like there has to be some effort to this, to balance out the sometimes long standing nature of the symptoms.

  2. SophieO says:

    Does a prisoner who has been incarcerated many times believe that he is free because he is outside the prison walls? PTSD feels so much like an external controller; how can we be sure it won’t decide to imprison us again?

  3. Littlebrain says:

    First thing i noticed is Andy is slouching in his chair…humm
    not mirroring, eye level, see eye to eye?
    he doesn’t seem like a slouch.

    • andrewaustin andrewaustin says:

      Two things worth mentioning – 1. I blame the furniture for the slouch and also, the angle you are viewing from makes it more obvious. 2. Matching and mirroring are overrated unless you are doing hypnosis.

      I’ll make a video when i get a chance next week on “dis-rapport” and it’s structure.

  4. andrewaustin andrewaustin says:

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  5. krpataky says:

    Seemed like the IEMT helped her a lot.

  6. krpataky says:

    One thought I had about her thought during the session was how this much paranoia and erratic behavior does not arise from just one gunshot. Yet, she wouldn’t admit to anything seriously a problem for her in her life prior to that. I don’t believe her. 🙂

  7. krpataky says:

    I appreciate the point you brought up in the transcript about how clients don’t like when their beliefs are “made wrong” in front of them, even if they are paranoid delusional beliefs. I don’t believe you actively made her wrong…she was the one who started to realize that maybe she was imagining things all along…or worsening them…and even chuckled at herself. I thought it was well done. And, since you couldn’t really know if she was wrong or not, it wouldn’t have been appropriate for you to offer your opinion. Great job navigating that!

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