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.