NLP Eye Movement Integration with a Vietnam Veteran suffering from symptoms of PTSD.
I have been following Steve’s journey for some time and agree with his emphasis on the moral injury aspect of this often painful and counter-productive way of being in the world. While a person cannot “erase” past events, many are able to come to terms with their experiences so that they do not interfere with their lives. For others who continue to struggle, I am particularly interested in therapies such as those used by practitioners of neruo-linguistic programming that respect the value of experience while facilitating more adaptive responses to the memories.
Steve Andreas is a psychotherapist who has been using specific NLP techniques to work with PTSD that demonstrate this respect for the integrity of an individual’s past. See an example in the above short clip:
Byron Lewis, M.A.
Author of The Magic of NLP Demystified, 2nd Ed, and Sobriety Demystified: Getting Clean and Sober with NLP and CBT available from Crown House Publishing
Byron’s comments are in response to the following previous posting… The Magic of NLP Demystified, 2nd Ed. can be ordered from this website…
http://dissidentvoice.org/2012/12/veterans-explore-moral-injury/ Quote from this website…
Veterans Explore “Moral Injury”
“But we have been busy recovering from what has recently been described as “moral injury,” which I consider a better description than the clinical term Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Vets are simply not disorders; war is the disorder. Moral injury can lead to difficulty sleeping, staying in relationships, and keeping jobs. It can contribute to alcoholism, homelessness, incarceration, feeling ashamed and bad about oneself, depression, hopelessness, and the final response—suicide. Or homicide.”
In a series of pioneering studies, one researcher found that, from World War II to today, killing was the single greatest risk factor for PTSD, bigger even than heavy combat. (Alex Majoli / Magnum for Newsweek)
Since researching, writing, and publishing my book along with launching this blog, my mind has been expanded and my heart has come to know that the symptoms of PTSD point to a more human and spiritual problem of moral injury…Killing and observing death and carnage causes us humans to be profoundly affected for a lifetime by the memories and emotional damage of participating in a spiritually wrongful act of the most extreme, deliberately killing another human!Living and coping in toxic conditions as a family member or loved one while caring for a person suffering from moral injury, who demonstrates severe symptoms of PTSD over a long period of time, can cause the secondary effects of moral injury, including PTSD.Children are at risk and potentially affected the most when living with a parent who spent extended periods of time in combat.Simply stated, we humans have a soul and the soul can be injured, sometimes beyond repair.
Please take the time to read both articles provided in the links above. The discussion of moral injury as it relates to PTSD is a highly positive step toward helping 1000’s who suffer the emotional pain of experiencing traumatic events. Your questions and comments will help keep this discussion moving forward…Steve Sparks, Author, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story