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Tuesday, August 23, 2005

(outlink) How to do a doyletic Speed Trace

NOTE: I am only cursorly aquianted with neurophysiology, so parts of the below may be my misunderstandings. Consider every sentence to be prefixed with "As far as I know".

Never heard of "doylectics"? Neither had I, until five minutes ago. Then I came across How to do a doyletic Speed Trace.

The theory is sort of interesting, albeit it seems to be based on incorrect premises. The amygdala does not "stop recording memories at age 5"; it attach emotion to memories through the ventral amygdalofugal. It keeps attaching emotion to new memories throughout life (check the box at the bottom of this page.) For young kids, however, the cortex and the connection between the cortex and the amygdala is not yet fully formed. The cortex can have inhibiting effects on the amygdala, and the lack of inhibition mean more numerous and powerful memories are usually linked to the amygdala in childhood than later.

Also, the brain works by association. Every time two things happen at the same time, they're linked together, and the links work both ways. Hypothesis on how that will end up working (which mostly match my experiences): New memory include specific feeling. Specific feeling trigger part of old memory. Old memory get linked to new memory. Triggering new memory will also trigger old memory, and may mostly increase the emotional level through the old memory. As a such, old memories can sort of work like "doylectics" predict, yet this is a side effect of the way the brain works. There is no particular cutoff at five.

I've worked with something similar to the "doyles", by isolating specific memories, and then repeatedly triggering them and relaxing (basically, repeated desensitization.) The isolation techniques I use are based on physical response. Usually, I use the O-ring test from kinesiology, without believing in the hocus pocus. I get similar results from just free-lifting a finger (asking myself a question and adjusting so my subconscious lift the finger on the "correct" answer.) Memories have turned out to be interrelated, blocking for release of each other and "feeding each other emotions". This has also turned out to be tied into muscle tension.

Little of this is surprising in retrospective, of course. As described above, it's reasonable to expect the result from the structure of the brain. The blocks of certain memories is also reasonable to expect: When another memory occupy "too much of the same pattern recognizer" and is stronger, that memory will be triggered instead - blocking the release of the original memory.

[1] More often called episodic memories.


  • Woah, that is intriguing - However, I cannot help worrying that regressing people back to times when they felt extremes of emotion could have a damaging effect on their current emotional wellbeing. Surely if they have found a way of living with and coping with such feelings then this is the natural and effective way for the feelings to be coped with?

    By Blogger Justgirl, at 10:49 PM  

  • I also avoid using regressions to "deal with past issues" for the reasons you list, and one more: It is easy to invent past trauma and have the patient/client believe they are real.

    On the other hand, not all present coping structures are good, and sometimes regressions are a good tool for helping with this. One example of a coping structure that works badly is a phobia. Here, regressions can be used in the form of the NLP phobia cure let people cure phobias in minutes instead of months or years.

    The isolation techniques I described do not use regressions per se. What they do is split a present problem emotion into source components (source memories and their "emotional energy"), and then release the emotional "energy" from each component. This can be turned into a regression fairly simply - and I almost never do. There's still some risks with the technique, though, which is why I've not described it in detail. (I feel I don't know them in sufficient detail to risk advocating the method.)

    One use of regressions that I find useful is to fetch past *good* states. That's also quite safe.

    By Blogger Eek, at 12:17 PM  

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