I have had my need to respond to a commenter (at this link: EARLY TRAUMA BUILDS DISSOCIATION INTO THE BRAIN) who wrote while I was up north visiting my children, and realize that I do not have the motivation or the inclination to go into great depth in my response even though I am now back home in Arizona. I am exhausted in MANY significant ways.
So for now this information will have to do because it has appeared over and over again in my thoughts since I read the blog comment.
First, there is this link on ‘Remembering the Self’. It contains information and my working notes on —
Remembering the self
Includes mirror neurons
Theory of Mind
*Chapter 1-Remb self
A series of other previous posts related to my personal research also comes up. I am hoping blog readers will find some interesting and useful information here to think about today in these working notes:
*Siegel – early left brain development
*Chapter 2 – on neurological consequences of early trauma
*Chapter 5 – Attachment cannabinoid system
*Siegel – Emotions and states of mind (attachment)
+SIEGEL ON MINDS CREATE MINDS
+RISK, STRESS AND DISTRESS
*Chapter 4 child adverse experience
*Chapter 2 Learning
In essence the thoughtful information that is in the back of my mind regarding the questions the blog commenter asked me about center on research that may or may not actually be referenced in these post links.
Humans were finally able to access and develop our verbal language skills and abilities at some very recent time point in our evolution BECAUSE language could ‘borrow’ the massive left brain abilities we had ALREADY strongly and competently evolved to accomplish our actions through a sequence of activities.
I believe ‘dissociation’ is greatly about a breach in the sequencing patterns related to altered formation of our left brain through early and severe abuse and trauma.
I picture a little one going down the road of their own life – desperately trying to develop into an individual person — in an environment rampant with insanity and abuse. Every time an inappropriate traumatic response from adults in its earliest attachment environment sideswipe a child, dissociation HAS to occur. The ongoing development of self-related experience in SEQUENCE is interrupted – which affects a little one in all areas related to ongoing experience of self in the world.
I am not going to take time to search around today in my own study notes or in anyone else’s research to document this next strong suspicion I have about dissociation, either. I have too many things currently that I need to attend to.
Our brain DOES NOT actually allow for multitasking. There is a bottleneck in our brain’s operation that allows for one thing and ONLY one thing to be processed at a time.
This bottleneck region/operation is supposed to be supremely fast and exquisitely efficient in its ability to get information through the bottleneck so the next action/activity can move through for us.
I strongly suspect that severe trauma and abuse during critical stages of early body-brain development detrimentally impact how this bottleneck operates. Perhaps it is something like, “What’s in the cue gets interrupted and cannot be processed in cue as it is supposed to.”
I don’t know.
Dissociation for someone like me, traumatically abused from birth, is a CONTINUAL threat to my ongoing experience of myself in the world. That I DO know!
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