How Emotional Logic can help you become trauma responsive

12 Feb 2020

Some new ‘buzz phrases’ are about these days- ‘Trauma informed’ and ‘Adverse Childhood Events’ are being regularly mentioned in schools, mental health meetings and by the police.

Research in the USA, looking at a wealthy, generally healthy group of people, discovered a subgroup who were unable to adjust unhealthy lifestyles. These people were found to have had more Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) than the rest, for example, parental split or someone in the home experiencing domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, chronic mental illness or spending time in prison- to name a few. It has been found that around 12% of people in western society have four or more ACEs, as they cluster together. Compared to people with no ACEs, these 12% are primed for ill health in adulthood and an early death. They have seven times the risk of developing alcoholism, four times the risk of chronic lung disease and, interestingly, twice the risk of developing cancer. Attempted suicide is commoner too- THIRTY times more common in those with six ACEs.

What has this to do with Emotional Logic? Well, Emotional Logic has been trauma informed from the outset- diagnostic labels have been shunned in favour of ‘What is this person grieving for?’ We have always addressed the areas that have now been shown to be helpful- finding and being a Safe Relationship, enabling the person to feel truly ‘heard’ and helping them move on from Shame (a Shock/Guilt Whirlpool in our language). 

Research suggests these 4+ ACE people have suffered chronic, long-term anxiety (Shock) affecting their body chemistry to make social development, learning and relationship-building difficult, as well as setting the scene for poor physical health. But there is HOPE. Emotional Logic can help people learn healthier ways of coping with loss, even loss of childhood rights.

In 2019 we started running ‘Trauma Informed Workshops’ bringing a working understanding of Emotional Logic to those already working with trauma-affected people. More dates are booked for 2020 and participants are already booking. What about you or your organisation? If you would like to be trained to be trauma responsive, contact us for more details.