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The Observing part of our personality

The Observing part

Lets explore the part of our own being which dances its way trough the interactive brain systems

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Introspection !

And the Observing part of our personality

We are all able to observe or examine our own mental and emotional state, mental processes, etc.; the act of looking within oneself we call ‘introspection’.

The observing part we call the part which carries this ability of ‘introspection’. So you could say it’s normal to have an observing part. An observing part is not a traumatized Emotional Personality part or state, because than it wouldn’t be able to observe or examine our own mental and emotional inner self.

Introspection is a normal human capacity.


 

 

But what happens to this part of our personality if we become traumatized?

 

Then we don’t lose the ability of introspection but a traumatized personality doesn’t like to go on a exploring introspective adventure, so the main personality shuts down or ignores the introspective personality part – the ANP gets phobic to explore the inner self. Yet this observing part of our personality plays a very big role during therapy and the recovery process after trauma. It’s the communication line between our ANP and EP parts. If the apparently normal personality isn’t able to reboot the observing part after Trauma, or worse – never learnt to use this part proper – than this will slow down the recovery process. To recover from trauma we need to regain trust in our own capacity of ‘introspection’ – our own main observing part.

observing part

What if we suffer a tertiary dissociation of the personality,
also related to DID

 

If we suffer a tertiary dissociation of the personality than we also get acquainted with more than one ‘apparently normal personality’ state. And there it is also possible that every ANP has created their own misleading observing part which tells the ANP that it’s not their own emotion, or this memory didn’t really happen to us.

Those misleading observers are called OEP’s, the observers of the EP’s. Sometimes also called the inner gatekeepers. Their function is; helping out the ANP to ignore the nasty EP’s and reject the other ANP as being also parts of the own personality. And although those observers are very misleading, it’s also very important to gain there trust during the recovery process and ask for their help during therapeutically sessions. Because they also can tell a lot about the EP’s and they can be very functional as communicators of the inner self.

 

Now the question could be:
What happened to the main observing personality part if you suffer a tertiary structural dissociation of the personality?

It’s in there somewhere. It’s a part of our main personality so it can’t be gone. And within a tertiary SD, one of the ANP’s is very often able to communicate with the other ANP(’s). And mostly this ANP holds also the main observing personality part. Very frequently this is also the most numb ANP because there the observing personality part survives and function at its best.

 

A personal note to the understanding of the ANP parts
Not so long ago I got confused by the distorted information which is spread on the internet about the theory of the structural dissociation of the personality. So I asked my Clinical psychologist and therapist (traumatology) at the Dutch Top referent trauma center Assen-Drenthe:
“How many ANP’s can a person own which developed and suffers a tertiary structural dissociation?”

And he answered to me:
“In all those years that I treat, teach and contribute to the research of traumatology and also contributed in the writings of the book The Haunted Self, I personally have never met or heard of someone having more than three main ANP’s.

 

The more I understand, the more I start to recognize and feel
although I still not understand why I feel scarred of a task such as ‘body hygiene or body care’.

I can’t feel my own body as my own body on those moments and the world around me seems very small,
very close and nearby but also locked away in a very thick Fog.
I don’t see sharp and I’m still not able to think clear on those moments.
I function mechanic on those moments and do what has to be done.

It doesn’t feel as me taking care of me, but it is me ANP ‘Nique’
If we need to survive, the mind is stronger than our soul.
Maybe I have lost contact with my own inner soul, who knows.
But I will beat this monster inside me 

Complex Trauma PTSD

The interactive brain systems

How about the interactive brain systems 

(the magic of our brain complexity)

Hypnotic Thoughts

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What is the Default Mode Network?

The default mode network (DMN) is a network of brain components active when during daydreaming, self-generated thought, and when not attending to outside stimuli.  Some neuroscientists theorize that the DMN is involved with the Freudian ego functions.   There is increasing evidence that moderation of thedefault mode network is the mechanism of hypnosis effects.

As stated in “Bringing Unconscious Thoughts to Awareness: Default Mode, Body Rhythms, and Hypnosis“, a study reviewing the changes induced by neurohypnosis and hypnotherapy:

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“The default mode network is vital to our sense of self and sense of agency, moral sensitivity, organizing memory to reconstruct the past, simulating the future such as inner rehearsal and daydreaming, and imagination such as free association, stream of consciousness, and taking other people’s perspective.”

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The Central Executive Network(CEN)

The Fronto-parietal Central Executive Network (CEN) handles inhibition, task switching, and updating.  It inhibits the default mode network, engages your conscious brain to think and maintains attention on a prioritized task.   It’s helpful to think of it as active when you put effort forth to keep your mind from wandering during a goal directed task.  Many psychiatric conditions including ADHD are associated with poor inhibitory regulation of DMN activation by the CEN.   The dance between the CEN and DMN are coordinated by the Salience Network which, based on the amount of relevant outside stimulus triggers a switch out of REST mode into cognitive functioning.

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The Salience Network

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The Salience network is made up of the anterior cingulate cortex and the insula.

Together they coordinate to monitor the conditions in the body for homeostasis (insula) from temperature, to pH, to pain, to hormonal discomfort and notify the anterior cingulate cortex.  You may recall that the ACC handles conflict.  Well, those would be the conflicts.

Also keep in mind that information coming in through the senses, including auditory, visual, and tactile are part of the data integrated by the insula

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The autistic brain

Once the salience network is activated it modulates the default mode network.

It kicks the brain out of daydreaming, mind wandering,  and other self-referential behavior and into ready for action mode.

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focusDorsal Attention Network (DAN)

 

The Dorsal Attention Network increases attention to external stimuli based on goals and activated mental representations by increasing the salience of goal relevant stimuli.

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coldPolyvagal Theory

 

Polyvagal Theory doesn’t exactly fit into brain networks…but it does.  I’d like for you to stretch the network concept to include any system with a bunch of interacting nodes.  Polyvagal Theory explains the role of the vagus nerve (cranial nerve 10) in your social cognition.  In a nutshell, the vagal nerve has a dorsaland ventral branch. The dorsal branch is associated with lower vertebrate fight, flight, freeze behavior.

The ventral branch is associated with tend and befriend type responses to stress and allows continued use of facial micro-expressions and empathy.

Freeze

 

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Complex Trauma PTSD

Structural Dissociation and amnesia

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But first a note of attention:


To all the professional mental caretakers and psychotherapists out there

please inform yourself on a professional way about the trauma related structural dissociation of the personality such as given by Kathy Steele, Onno van der Hart and Ellert Nijenhuis.

And to all readers pleas note
In order to correctly understand the explanation of my own personality systems, you need some knowledge of the summary of a SD. Be ware: Switching between personality parts is not a phenomenon that only belongs to a trauma related Structural Dissociation (SD) – such as a very complex PTSD the dissociative identity disorder (DID) – or a complex PTSD Secondary SD (OSDD) – or a less complex Post traumatic stress disorder PTSD.

There are other disorders that have symptoms of identity problems and switching behavior between personality states such as a theatrical personality disorder, a Borderline Personality disorder, a bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. A Dissociative Disorder (DD) has a wider range of being a co-morbidity disorder. And also the tertiary SD, DID, the trauma related Dissociative Identity disorder is a polysymptomatic condition which is characterized by a hidden presentation (S.Boon & N. Draijer).
So keep in mind: Diagnoses of a ‘trauma related’ structural dissociation of the personality can only be done by an experienced clinical trauma psychologist/psychotherapist which is specially taint to do so. 

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Structural Dissociation and amnesia

ptsd vrijFirst notice:

The memory loss is not caused by a physical neurological or a somatic problem.
If caused by psychological Trauma;
The memory loss is often not permanently.

 

How to explain memory loss to a Trauma related Structural Dissociation

  1. PTSD – DD – primary
    partial or full dissociation of the traumatic experience (the ANP is phobic to remember the traumatizing experience)
  2. Complex PTSD – OSDD or DDnos – secondary
    partial or full dissociation of more than one traumatic childhood experience. The ANP suffers big stress under the influence of more than one EP which holds traumatizing experiences of the past or which go in contact with memories of the past (EP’s).
  3. Very Complex PTSD – DID – tertiary 
    partial or full dissociation of more than one traumatic childhood experience
    but also amnesia during and for daily life tasks (not traumatic experiences)

I start again with a very small summary of the three levels of a Trauma related Structural Dissociation of the personality, and the understanding of an Apparently Normal Personality part and an Emotional Personality part which holds a traumatic experience or a part of a traumatic experience.

 

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Dissociation between ANP & EP (PTSD dd – CPTSD osdd ddnos)

Traumatized experience – a memory (EP) – can be:
partially dissociated
ANP can remember a part of the traumatizing experience
fully dissociated
ANP can’t remember a thing of the traumatizing experience

this can occur within
1. primary SD
2. secondary SD
3. tertiary SD

Note: partially or fully dissociating of an EP, a traumatized memory of the past

 

A note to paragraph 1

Not remembering the past or a traumatizing experience we call ‘dissociating a traumatic event’. The ANP is Phobic for remembering the traumatizing experience. If the EP is triggered and starts to influence the behavior of the ANP, or even takes control of the ANP’s behavior by switching to an emotional personality state, then the ANP loses the ability to comprehend the implementation of a daily requirement or task. The influence of the EP (or more EP’s) on the ANP can cause severe agony in daily life.

This can happen within all three the levels of a trauma related structural dissociation,
primary, secondary and tertiary SD
Because all three levels have an ANP and EP part.

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Paragraph 2)

 

Amnesia ANP & ANP   ( tertiary SD – DID)

amnesia of daily life activities which are taken care of by more than one ANP.

example:
On a daily life base losing track of time, or not remembering doing things (tasks) in the present time. Like not knowing what you did this morning or not knowing that you did already take care of the groceries or not remembering that you did go to work this morning etc. the present time tasks (amnesia)
Amnesia caused by switching between more than one ANP.


A note to paragraph 2

This we call a Tertiary SD which is related to a Dissociative identity disorder

Amnesia for daily life tasks or daily life events, caused by more than one ANP which goes in control of taking care of daily life tasks. This only can happen by the tertiary SD, because this is the only Trauma related SD level which has more than one ANP (DID)

An example of amnesia caused by more than one ANP
Let’s take an example of 2 ANP’s

Trauma Fog

One of the tasks of ANP 1 system is:
going to work on a daily base and she/he doesn’t like physical contact

One of the tasks of ANP 2 system is:
taking care of the kids, husband/wife, and she/he has no problems with handling psychical contact.

Both ANP’s leaves aside the EP’s (memories of the past) and together they don’t leave a lot of room to the EP’s to take control of their consciousness mind. On this way they minimize and avoid the influence of EP’s on their daily life. The ANP’s focus purely on surviving daily life tasks and emotions.

If someone, without a warning, touches ANP1 on a physical way, an EP could get triggered. Then a nasty memory comes to close to the consciousness mind of ANP1 and by instinct this ANP will redraw to avoid the EP. Forcing ANP2 to take over the moment of daily life. Normally the ANP’s switch during the day by doing the tasks they each are best in and trainet to take care of, but they also provide protection against the influence of nasty EP’s

The switching moments between the ANP’s can be experienced as coming out of a very thick Fog realizing by an instant of being in the kitchen without remembering how he or she did get there. ANP2 gets confused for a moment and needs to adjust to the situation. But ANP2 can’t remember the nasty feeling which hit ANP1 before the switching moment. And ANP2 also can’t remember what took place on the moment that ANP1 was in control. Now ANP 2 suffers amnesia for the time being of ANP1 was in control, and ignores or avoids thinking about it. Likewise the other way around.
Both ANP’s are focust on thinking, there is only me and I don’t suffer a Trauma or trauma related disorder.
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And although the memory is not really gone….

ANP2 suffers amnesia for the time being that ANP1 was in control. They never learnt to communicate and work together and they are dead-scared for their own – but also for each others – memories. They only learnt ‘how to survive pain and nasty traumatizing events and memories’.

So here the EP’s couldn’t take over the consciousness mind of the ANP. Because if the EP’s had succeeded  ANP1 would have experienced the same agony and suffering such as described under paragraph 1 – a switching behavior to an emotional personality state – a personality state that goes under the influence of an EP –  caused by a trigger moment such as a physical touch.

ANP living
Being traumatized is also very often explained as living in a Fog
The ANP does the job that has to be done – as being on an automatic pilot.
A foggy mental state, not fully mentally sharp and or touched by daily life emotions.
Sometimes a very deep fog is needed to keep a distance of traumatized memories (EP’s)

 

 

Complex Trauma PTSD