The sound of pulsing rhytm. The secret of EMDR?

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Right now I am writing an article for my specialization. I want to see if EMDR leads to better results on neuropsychological tests and will have to dive into the theory of how EMDR works to see if my gut feeling can be right. Off course, my article will just touch upon the issue, but it will give me some ideas for research I can do in the future (I realize how much I want to know, and if I can`t find the answers in the literature, research can be done). Some ideas have already manifested themselves as I have read through books and articles, or as I simply have lived my life and noticed what happens around me.EM

Right now, I am in bed, satisfied after a good day, when one of those ideas lit up like a bonfire: What if there is a connection between EMDR, synchronity and OCD? I must explain a bit further, if this shall be meaningful at all. First of all, I recommend to read a bit about EMDR for yourself if you like (EMDR Institute) .and maybe this about Synchronicity .

My own history with EMDR:
“But sometimes, unexpectedly, grief pounded over me in waves that left me gasping; and when the waves washed back, I found myself looking out over a brackish wreck which was illumined in a light so lucid, so heartsick and empty, that I could hardly remember that the world had ever been anything but dead.”
― Donna TarttThe Goldfinch
It was a coincidence that I started to take EMDR-courses that eventually led to a certificate as an EMDR-practitioner in Sogn og Fjordane. I started to use it quite early, and had to try it on 25 patients, where one should be videotaped and shown to a supervisior, before I got the certificate. I have tried it on more than that, but I still remember the first patient because it really worked. Pieces of memories that were forgotten, came back, and I didn`t say a word! The good thing about EMDR is that you interfere little. What ever comes up, is okay, and you seldom have to say “you`r okay today”, because the patient feels this on their own.
At the same time as I trained for my certificate, I read and wrote a lot. I was very inspired by  synthetic order`s blog, who writes about how we can use the unconscious to find important messages about any subject we need. I learnt to just listen to my intuition, by what I read, listened to, and felt. The theory said the answers would be there, and work themselves out, because our neurons collect a lot of information that just need to be bound together. This made sense, and when I learnt more about EMDR, it felt like one version of this theory. It felt like EMDR does exactly what synthetic order said: Bind all the pieces of information together in a meaningful way.
I have now used EMDR two years, and as I have read and thought, questions have started to manifest themselves. What is it that makes EMDR effective? Some theories point to the fact that using our working memory (when we follow movements of the finger back and forth) at the same time as we think about traumatic material, gives less Space to the unpleasant images, thereby reducing their vividness. Some theories have tried to explain it by looking at how the two hemispheres interact. What I have thought about, is if other movements have the same effect as watching fingers go back and forth. For example: Why is it that the Ocean calms us? Why can we sometimes be transfixed when we watch something that repeats itself? If we go back to the fact that Our brain needs to relax and tune out now and then, could it be that everything that pulses in a steady rhythm, calms the brain? Babies in the cradle get sleepy when they are rocked back and forth, it soothes them. If we would watch birds flying around and around, this might soothe us too. For some People repetition is necessary: Like the OCD-patient who must Wash themselves again and again. Could it be that their nervous system has a “loop” that they can`t get out of?  Might tradition come from this same need? We have to repeat certain Things to soothe our brains? What about autism, where a lot of repetition is the norm?
Following the fingers, back and forth
This is just thoughts, and like most thoughts they are just that. But I like to think about issues like these, to see Connections between bits of information. I don`t know if any of this makes sense, but I do know that EMDR Works, and that there still is lots of Research that needs to be done before we know exactly how it Works. If somebody in here has experiences Our thoughts about repetition and rhythm, let me know!

8 thoughts on “The sound of pulsing rhytm. The secret of EMDR?

    threekidsandi said:
    November 2, 2014 at 03:27

    I do EMDR on my son, daily. I tap the sides of his knees, for nightmares, tantrums, when he is ¨stuck¨ in a crying jag for no reason. It works well. When he is crying or sleeping I cannot tickle him or apply pressure to his torso without upsetting him more, which is what I do for tantrums, so the EMDR is very handy. Works immediately. He has PTSD, and showed signs of trauma a month after birth. I am going to start doing it on my oldest child, but his issues are not as frequent. However, he is on the autistic spectrum and the PTSD I assumed was resolved is not, per the psychologist and his nightmares. Some symptoms are common to both ASD and PTSD, it is hard to discern which is the cause. So I am just going to start trying it and see how he takes it. I am supposed to do EMDR, too, but practitioners here are not so common. Someday I will try it. I spent some time learning CBT for triggers and now I am trying to make myself talk to a therapist.

      mirrorgirl responded:
      November 2, 2014 at 08:16

      It sounds like you do much for your kids!

    threekidsandi said:
    November 2, 2014 at 03:29

    I forgot to add- that the tapping I do is NOT rhythmic. I do an irregular tapping at different intervals on both sides. Nothing predictable about it.

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