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1. Muscle Testing.
It has been demonstrated that muscle testing can access the physiology of the body, including the physiology of emotions (see 2), and that muscles — which initially test strong in the clear — will test as being inhibited (weaker) when saying a non-congruent statement (as John saying, “My name is Mary”).
This dynamic has been scientifically validated by Monti, et. al.
2. Emotions are physiologically based.
Emotions are based on minute proteins in the body called Information Substances (IS). These IS are comprised of neuropeptides, hormones and other specialized information molecules that permeate the entire body, including our DNA. This dynamic has been scientifically validated by Pert, et. al. Chiropractors know first hand about physiology influencing emotion via many examples of PMS sufferers. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for over 2,000 years has embraced a mind/body model. It is only in the west that man (via Descartes) semantically spit the organism into a mind and a body. This philosophical construct held up for nearly 300 years before being discarded (at least in most neuroscientific circles) in the 1980s.
3. Pavlovian Responses.
While most think in terms of Pavlovian Responses as applying to animals, humans too are conditioned — sometimes by one event (this is termed a one-time trial). While conditioning is normal under most situations, so is the physiological counterpart of the fading away or elimination of a conditioned response (called “extinction”). Simply, sometimes normal extinction does not take place, and we can utilize NET to allow the body to carry on with this natural and normal process. This dynamic has been scientifically validated perhaps more than any other in psychology starting, of course, with Pavlov, et. al.
4. Emotions / meridian system correlations.
This is a 1,500 to 4,000-year-old principle. It is an acupuncture theory, known as the Five Element Law that has been clinically validated for over 1,500 years, linking specific emotions to specific meridians.
An example is the link between “Anger” and the Liver meridian.
5. Repetition Compulsion (RC).
One of Freud’s contributions was that of repetition compulsion, which essentially notes that once we have been emotionally traumatized (and also in our view, conditioned), we may non-consciously seek to repeat a like trauma in the future. RC. Essentially, what has traumatized you earlier in your life will often revisit you again in similar circumstances — if unresolved. (See this and other works of Bessel A. van der Kolk, MD)
6. The role of memory and physiology. When we remember a traumatic event, the body replicates the physiology that occurred at the time of the event. This dynamic has been scientifically validated by Hassan, A.M., Ward, P.S.
7. Semantic Responses. The physiology of the body can not only be reactive to say the sight of a spider, but also the word “spider” or a picture of a spider. These symbols carry the meaning of the spider. If a word carries a meaning, it is known as being semantic. And if the word bearing or inferring that meaning is a conditioned stimulus (as in Pavlovian conditioning) the response to that stimulus is known as a semantic response. Semantic responses are the result of stimulus generalization, since the stimulus or the word “spider” is a generalized form of an abstraction of the actual spider.
Abstractions or stimulus generalizations are used in NET, following the model developed by Korzybski and illustrated by his structural differential.
Taken altogether, the NET Practitioner uses the above seven dynamics to find (with the patient’s full involvement) with pinpoint accuracy and unprecedented speed, the origins of emotional trauma. Resolving the trauma only requires entering into the psychoneuroimmunological complex through either spinal or acupoint avenues. This safe and quick intervention allows for the extinction of the emotionally laden conditioning.
Eliza Ball - BSc ND BBT
Naturopath | Bowen Technique | Herbal Medicine | Neuro Emotional Technique (N.E.T.)
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