Sebern Fisher focuses on extreme cases, however, I felt very similar while reading that book! By Work, I meant basically not neglecting the Top-Down approach which calls up for cognitive resources. Pretty much like what is called for in Samenow's book Inside the Criminal Mind. The work should be both: Bottom-Up and Top-Down.bm said:Hi Gaby, I am wondering though, whether for people who have been severely affected by developmental trauma, would it be wise for them to engage in rigorous self-work? I am unsure of what you mean when you say "the Work". I'm reading Sebern Fisher's book, and from it, I get the sense that being too focused on an aim can be detrimental to growth of a person who is developmentally traumatised. It is mentioned that many developmentally traumatised people tend to have personalities that are fear-based, and that they are not familiar with a more gentle, natural personality which lies buried underneath that fear. If treatment is successful, the patient feels like they do not know themselves because there is no more fear which used to be the normal mode of existence.
Gurdjieff highlighted the necessity of body work or working on the moving center. But that was never clear for me, at least not so clear as it is now.
Perhaps it is important to keep in mind what is explained in the book Healing Developmental Trauma. It is important to encourage being in the present moment which is the key moment for change. Dwelling in the past or the future, or focusing on "being broken" defeats the body/brain's capacity for regulation and organization from chaotic arousal.
And it seems that some people will only find enough freed-up cognitive resources after a dedicated Bottom-Up approach.
For me, it seems that owning anger makes me see the Work with "newer eyes". From everything that I have tried, it seems that the Bottom-Up approach (work at a pre-verbal stage with NF) was the key for that.
Hope that made sense and that you'll have a productive experience with NeurOptimal.