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Unread December 7th, 2010, 07:51 AM
Sandra Paulsen Sandra Paulsen is offline
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Default Re: Dissociative ego states

when people are dissociative with amnesia barriers the parts of self don't know each other or don't know what each other knows. then if one does emdr it tends to bash holes in those barriers and cause flooding and great surprise and distress. sometimes the holes aren't easily repaired and the person has lost their capacity to protect oneself from what they aren't ready to know. better to do ground work and prepare with ego state therapy.

if there are no amnesia barriers per say, no time loss in present time, the risk is lower. still, the defenses will become evident. shining on the cautionary statements ahead of time don't serve you but can be understood as defensive.

the most important thing is, for many people, and I have no idea if this applies to you, to get the powerful defensive parts on board, oriented to present time and circumstances. talking to one's therapist about all these things is the most critical thing one can do.
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