Rick Doblin: The future of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy | TED Talk

I found out about MAPS.org in 2014 and their – then phase 2 – trials addressing the many challenges that patients suffering from (complex) post-traumatic stress disorder are confronted with day in, day out on account of the condition. As … Continue reading

Reactivated Trauma in Senior Citizens (Interview, German)

„Hinhören – ohne das Trauma zu beschwören“. Ein Interview mit Prof. Gereon Heuft, UKM Münster

Source: „Hinhören – ohne das Trauma zu beschwören“. Ein Interview mit Prof. Gereon Heuft, UKM Münster – Alter und Trauma – Unerhörtem Raum geben

Here’s an interesting text about crisis prevention and intervention in the context of care for the elderly. Unfortunately, it’s in German, hope, GoogleTranslate can do a half decent job translating.

A Text about Dying (German): Das Sterben zu verstehen, kann Ängste nehmen (via ZEIT | ONLINE) // trigger warning

Beim Sterben verändert sich unser Körper, die Atmung, der Blutkreislauf, das Bewusstsein. Wie genau, erklärt dieser Text, den wir am Karfreitag erneut zeigen.

Source: Tod: Das Sterben zu verstehen, kann Ängste nehmen | ZEIT ONLINE

As usual, I’m not sure how much meaning gets lost in translation when employing Google’s Translation Service. At the risk of the source’s meaning getting all garbled, I’m posting it here again – of course, with a major trigger warning.

However, as I read through the article, they mention Sam Parnia’s AWARE study and in particular the phenomena Near Death experiencers report. Similar to what another study about DMT seems to suggest, I very much side with those that attribute mystical phenomena during an NDE to the physical changes going on in the brain when a person dies. Moreover, yet another study on dying rats strongly suggests that an increased level of consciousness occurs right after cardiac arrest, which might explain for the perceived hyperrealism NDE-survivors commonly report. (the conclusion follows the fact that the brains of rats and humans are fairly similar in structure and function).

As I’ve been struggling my entire life with making sense of an experience at age four, which I today rate under medical trauma from effects of the anaesthesia and the situation of perceived isolation and terminal aloneness, looking into and analyzing NDEs seems to have been a tool for me to help with that endeavour. In particular, I seem to have tried assessing NDEs’ potential as evidence for an afterlife. Being a sceptic myself and preferring to rely on the resources at hand like science, logic, rationality, reason I’ve always tended to trust immediate evidence more than spiritual interpretations. I have to admit that some deathbed phenomena like e.g. visions of deceased ones even perceived by palliative care personnel or relatives attending to the dying person are hard to explain in terms of known science, granted. However, I find it a lot more conclusive to assume that science simply hasn’t evolved to the point yet where we might explain such so-called paranormal phenomena in terms of natural phenomena occurring at the time of death and maybe having to do with a transformation of energy or something along those lines.

Be that as it may… I’m afraid I am simply not capable of truly embracing the idea of a spiritual realm as it sounds and feels too much like a cop-out to me.

So what’s the alternative or conclusion from that? I guess for me that conclusion would be the prompt to make peace with my mortality, no matter what.

Sorry for these morbid thoughts. But maybe Good Friday – in the world of Christians – is not too bad a timing for such a post… (bear with me)

Dear Friends, I Love You, But I Can’t Go Out Tonight. Sincerely, an HSP

As a highly sensitive person, I get overstimulated easily, due to deep processing. It means I sometimes can’t handle the noise or crowds at bars or parties.

Source: Dear Friends, I Love You, But I Can’t Go Out Tonight. Sincerely, an HSP

Yeah, I find myself described here to a T. Spot on, all the way from headline to the last full stop!

Sense and Sensitivity | Psychology Today

They tear up at phone commercials. They brood for days over a gentle ribbing. They know what you’re feeling before you do. Their nerve cells are actually hyperreactive. Say hello to the Highly Sensitive Person

Source: Sense and Sensitivity | Psychology Today

Here’s another great article on understanding HSP’s “make”. As I’ve tested positive for many of the traits and characteristics that makes HSPs, I find it important and greatly supportive to read (and share) articles that will hopefully help the “other 80 percent” to make room inside themselves for understanding HSPs in general – and hopefully even more those they may have in their inner circle. (there’s actually a chance at least one out of five people close to you will be an HSP).

This one above is a bit of a longish read. There is a condensed version of it following this link. Whichever one you choose to familiarize yourself with, I truly hope it will give you some insight and ideally compassion with folks of our ilk and the many challenges we have to face and somehow manage in addition to everything everyone else is also dealing with.

Radikale Akzeptanz: Ich schaffe das! | ZEIT ONLINE (ZEIT Online article on Marsha Linehan and her Conception of CBT – trigger warning)

Eine Patientin hasst und verletzt sich selbst. Ihre unglaubliche Geschichte führt die Psychologie auf neue Wege. Wie die radikale Akzeptanz uns hilft, Krisen zu überwinden.

Source: Radikale Akzeptanz: Ich schaffe das! | ZEIT ONLINE

Again, this is an article which unfortunately appeared in a German newspaper publication. Maybe Google’s Translation bot can make good enough sense of it. It talks about Marsha Linehan and how she came up with the concept of radical acceptance as a starting point for change and personal transformation even after the most grave of human travesties. Trigger warning.