People have a hard time accepting anything that overwhelms them.
NORMALCY BIAS IS COMMON REACTION TO SEEING OR HEARING DISTURBING INFORMATION
When something does not match our sense of what is ‘normal’, most people commonly react with disbelief, and this is called the ‘normalcy bias’. If anything is ‘different’ than what we see and hear on the nightly news, it is ‘threatening’ and seems negative at first glance, so it is denied and pushed away. Everyone has this response, and it is normal, even when a large passenger ship is sinking, or when there is a huge nuclear disaster such as Fukushima. Find out more about normalcy bias via the following linked article…..
Titantic and Costa Concordia – Example of Normalcy Bias In Fukushima Mega Disaster; via @AGreenRoad
LEARN TO BECOME A MASTER OF YOUR NEGATIVE EMOTIONS, BY UNTYING THE GORDIAN KNOT
You will have the opportunity to become a master of your emotions. You will no longer be stuck with a permanent negative emotional reaction to new and different information, such as the Science Of Sustainable Health And Success. Are you ready to untie a Gordian knot?
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EMOTIONAL RESPONSES TO CHANGE, FIVE STAGES OF GRIEF AFTER TRAUMA AND/OR LOSS
It’s not to anybody’s best interest to think about how they will be perceived tomorrow. It hurts you in the long run.
EVEN POSITIVE CHANGE CAN TRIGGER BASIC ANIMAL FIGHT OR FLIGHT RESPONSE
Change by most people is feared worse than death itself. Most people would rather die than change, even if that is a positive change. Thus, there is a huge resistance to positive change of any kind, with a huge investment in the status quo, the fear, and keeping up the appearance of ‘normal’, at all costs, including attacking the person who is bringing in new information that can help.
FEAR AND ANXIETY AS A NORMAL RESPONSE TO CHANGE
ANGER OR RAGE AS A RESPONSE TO CHANGE
Triggering a PTSD memory, as in the case of a returning war veteran, can result in reliving a past memory, with very negative results. In one case, two veterans took their buddy who suffered from PTSD to a gun range, where the shots fired triggered a severe PTSD reaction and he ended up shooting his veteran buddies and himself in the process. Be very careful with ‘triggers’ from such things as war trauma, as they can have very negative and severe consequences, as part of the automatic fight, flight or freeze response.
FREEZING/GETTING STUCK AS A RESPONSE TO CHANGE
Many people when confronted with new and disturbing information to their sense of normal, is to go into a fatalism mode.. Everything seems to be getting worse, we are all going to die, so why should I go to work, pay taxes, or even live anymore? Freezing, or being in ‘stuck’ or catatonic mode, where nothing seems to matter anymore, is a common reaction to trauma and may also be a part of PTSD.
One animal world example would be a zebra, being attacked by a lion. In some cases it will just stand still and letting the lion eat them. The zebra is still alive young and healthy, but it does not ever try to run away or fight at all. Underneath the fatalism, is also a fear, which is paralyzing, and it is a ‘normal’ part of the fight, flight or freeze response. If someone quits responding after a traumatic response, they are either in shock and/or they are in this ‘freeze’ mode, which is a natural response.
DEPRESSION AS A RESPONSE TO CHANGE
The freezing and then having depressing types of feelings can also have roots in a childhood abuse situation of not being able to change a situation that is painful, feeling helpless, and withdrawing inside while feeling negative emotions such as depression. This helplessness emotional response as an adult is not healthy, but it can be triggered by any information that we feel is outside of our immediate control and we cannot do anything about it.
Instead of staying stuck inside of this negative emotional spiral that can last for a very long time, acknowledge the feeling and thank your inner child for trying to protect you. Now move beyond that feeling by closing your eyes, and seeing that fearful, depressed inner child in your arms. Love that inner child, and nurture it, play with it, and show it that you have unconditional love for it, (which is a part of you). Repeat this process often. Wait and watch as the child comes out of the depression. The goal is that the child returns the love and turns into a happy, in the moment child again. Doing inner child work with a therapist or counselor is recommended if your childhood was full of trauma of any kind.
PROJECTION AS A RESPONSE TO CHANGE
Another common negative emotional reaction to change is to project your negative emotions onto others. If we feel fear or anger, we project that fear and/or anger onto others, rather than being responsible for that feeling within ourselves and managing that emotional reaction of fear and/or anger internally.
If we do not know how to manage our emotions in a healthy way, we tend to project that emotion outwards onto those who are triggering those emotions within us. Many men are trained to feel only ONE emotion; anger/rage. All other emotions are labeled dangerous, because they indicate weakness, which is not allowed in men, so they must be stuffed and ignored, at all costs, or the emotion must be changed into rage/anger.
This avoidance technique is subtle and may even be unconscious. It may take the form of attacking your partner, loved ones, or fellow members in a group for things that are not there, or over something that is there only in such a small quantity that it does not justify such a huge emotional response and angry attack.
ADDICTION AS A RESPONSE TO CHANGE
Another common reaction to feeling uncomfortable emotions is to react and then act out in unhealthy addictive patterns, such as drinking, drugging, over eating, shopping, gambling, or whatever. These can be moved through with a 12 step program that addresses multiple issues all at the same time. This video explores emotional eating… If you notice that there is some kind of behavior in your life that is out of control and is having unhealthy effects in your life, get help from a 12 step group or trained counselor.
DON’T SHOULD ON YOURSELF OR TRY TO BE TOO PERFECT
Some people have been taught to be so perfect, that if anything comes up that shows that they are not perfect, it threatens their sense of normalcy so much, that they react in unhealthy emotional ways, including unhealthy eating, acting out, emotional reactions, etc.
The sense of trying to be perfect, whether that is in a way of living, eating or being emotionally is dangerous if there is not a balance of just having fun and allowing yourself to be and feel like a child, in the moment. Trying to ‘control’ all aspects of life, thoughts, feelings and circumstances is very close to impossible, but some people try to maintain control over everything and everyone. When that fails, they should all over themselves and experience lots of negative, uncontrollable and negative emotions, that can get really intense and last a long time.
Instead of trying too hard, relax and let go. Surrender your life, your thoughts, your emotions into the flow of life. Feel emotions as they go through but don’t try to resist them, or control them. Just allow them to be and flow through.. Relax and have some fun every day, even in some simple small way, just like a child. Focus on that moment of just being innocent, childlike and playing or creating something, like drawing a picture, swinging on a swing set, playing with a dog, or whatever comes up that is fun for you. Make sure to feed your inner child so that it stays healthy with fun, light activities, and talking with it inside of yourself, as in the above example.
Bottom line, no one is perfect and never will be. In a paradoxical way though, despite our imperfection, we are actually perfect, because we all have an inner divine spark within us. So if we focus on that perfection within, the divine light or essence, we can have perfection in this life, via meditation and/or visualization for example. Meditation is also a good exercise to slow down the thoughts and move more into the peace of just being, which is the opposite of trying harder and harder to become more perfect via the ego and the human willpower alone, but separate from Spirit.
Trying to be perfect may be mean working to exhaustion. When doing this, there may be no time for the soul to catch up. Take a break and go on a silent retreat, where the soul can catch up to you. Take a day, a weekend or a week off and just be in silence.
Go inside and see what your soul needs. Ask what may be blocking you from your greatest joy, your greatest peace, creativity or your greatest love? What is blocking you from being in or giving back to community? Listen and wait.. for the still small voice of your soul to speak to you.
GRIEF AS A RESPONSE TO CHANGE
Articles on AGRP may trigger grief, as any changing situation or trauma may also, and the following link leads to an article that talks about this in greater detail;
The Five Stages Of Grief In Response To Trauma, Abuse, Disasters Such as Fukushima, or Loss; via @AGreenRoad
NORMALCY BIAS, COGNITIVE DISSONANCE AS A RESPONSE TO CHANGE
Many people’s reaction to the information on AGRP is to believe that it cannot be true. So the average person’s response when hearing something really different, is to deny it completely, and then label it all a conspiracy theory, made up by wild eyed fanatics. The assumption is made of evil intent, bent on deceiving innocent people, who are just trying to be normal and fit in, like everyone else. No one else is talking about this kind of stuff, so it cannot be normal or true. This reaction is also natural and normal, and a large part of any group experiences it, in any difficult situation, such as a ship sinking for example.
CORPORATE ‘NORMALISM’ AS A RESPONSE TO CHANGE
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DO NOT BECOME A VICTIM OF YOUR EMOTIONS
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MOVE THROUGH EMOTIONS WITH WATERFALL EXERCISE
Listen to the water wash over you, and as this warm water flows over you or near you, imagine the water carrying away the uncomfortable emotions, but feel them fully as these emotions move through, without any resistance to them. If you feel like crying, cry. If you feel like shouting, shout, and let it all go… Be like a child. A child cries when it is sad, but when it is done being sad, it has released all sadness and is now happy.
Of course, the more you are in water in this world, the more healing there will be; saunas, steam baths, swimming pools, hot baths, ocean, streams, rivers, lakes, streams are all healing places. The more time you spend in or around clean water, the better your emotional state of health will tend to be. We are after all, more or less made up of water.
AN EMOTIONAL RELEASE TECHNIQUE, VIA MOVING ENERGY
Focus on deep breathing, and keep the flow going, back and forth. Walking helps get the rhythm going and is very balancing all by itself. Combining walking with this exercise makes it work that much better. The love and gratitude flowing back and forth, will help move the uncomfortable emotional energy through and out of the body.
RELEASE NEGATIVE EMOTIONS WITH NLP
Rinse, repeat and swish some more.. watch as the negative emotions lose their hold over you.
TAKE CONTROL OF EMOTIONS WITH EMF TECHNIQUE
Dr. David Jowdy of the Hansa Center for Optimum Health shares tips and techniques for controlling emotional responses. www.hansacenter.com We all have emotional stresses. How we deal with them can make all the difference. There is a way to deal with emotions other than with drugs or unhealthy reactions.
So how can we release this trigger?
How are negative emotions caused?
Step 1; you have a distressing memory.
Step 2; you have a disruption in your energy system due to a trigger
Step 3; The trigger can be taken away, and have a positive one put in it’s place, using acupressure.
EMDR AND RELEASING TRAUMA
A clip used during a recent CalSouthern lecture by Sarah Gilman and Susan Brown exploring Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
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