Journal of Projective Psychology and Mental Health: Volume 10, Number 1, Jan 2003 Editorial
|The SIS-II/ Video Manual " Interpreting Inner World Through Somatic Imagery”
Wilfred A. Cassell and Bankey L. Dubey, Email:email@example.com, pages 1-162.
In the SIS-II and computer version a series of flowers are initially presented to induce relaxation and an altered state of consciousness. This alters the registration and conscious awareness of current sensations and memories. Intermediate and long term memories, specially those derived from unresolved traumatic events, may now compete far more strongly in flooding projective awareness. When this takes place long forgotten painful events may be visualized in the video or computer screen. Through this time machine reversing technology, the viewer is afforded the psycho physiologic, emotional and cognitive opportunity to process the activated imagery, while viewing flowers and nature scenes, reconditioning the nervous system in therapeutic fashion.
This complex series of mind-body events was first discovered clinically in 1992 after a policeman described his experience in viewing the SIS-II Video. He had been admitted to a psychiatric hospital for treatment of major depression. He had previously worked as a law enforcement officer in a remote Alaskan native village with an extensive history of alcohol related accidents. After he made a series of arrests of drunken drivers who had political influence with the Mayor, his employment had abruptly terminated. It was apparent that this immediate stressor had triggered his depressive illness.
When he viewed the SIS Video, new contributing stress imagery was found to be compounding his overall mental disturbances. In viewing image A2, he relieved an accident in which an intoxicated driver had injured a family fifteen years earlier. It was relatively easy to understand how such past occupational memories and post-traumatic dreams could inflame his hatred for drunken drivers. What was even more surprising and insightful into the therapeutic potential of the SIS technology was his comment that the viewing procedure had somehow, "helped him". This had been achieved, remarkably enough, prior to any professional debriefing or psychotherapeutic intervention.
In developing a conceptual model to understand this man's viewing experience, it appeared that even long forgotten traumatic dreams could be reactivated in memory storage by SIS visual stimulation. From this point onwards in evaluating traumatized individuals, a close parallel was regularly observed between the individual's dreams and the SIS responses. It became apparent that the significance of SIS responses rated by the subject as " Most disliked" was quite comparable to analyzing the direct and symbolic content of dreams.
This can be easily illustrated by considering a case treated in my hospital practice earlier this week. A fifteen -year old Alaskan native girl had been admitted after an unsuccessful suicidal episode. She was from a remote village and had been reared in an alcoholic dysfunctional family. At the time of viewing, her older brother was in an emergency ward, having had drug-induced convulsions following a series overdose of drugs. She was also grieving the loss of several family members who had died in alcohol related motor vehicle accidents. Death themes constantly entered her dreams, disrupting her sleep and tormenting her.
In viewing the computer screen, she rated A2 of SIS-II as the one she most disliked:" I see a cross formed with blood & I have a problem with blood'. When asked what blood brought to mind, she added, "It's just like the dream & a death dream that would just keep returning & I was taking a shower and where the water comes out, all of a sudden blood comes out and everywhere there is blood & Every time I have that dream someone dies.
A single subject research design was employed to treat panic attacks. The Hypnotherapy and Rational Emotive Therapeutic approach were applied in combination in 16 sessions and the results were very encouraging. Findings of the therapy have been discussed in the paper.
Relative to her personal death anxiety, she also reported the following dreams: "I am walking in to our church and everybody is crying & and then it turns out to be a funeral & and I try to talk to people but nobody sees me and nobody is listening & walk up to the coffin and I see myself lying there & and I try to tell them that I didn't die & I'm not dead, but nobody listens and I feel almost invisible. This illustrates how the SIS more readily allows the interviewer to be able to listen to the suffering person's inner cry and death fears.
The SIS-II/ Video Manual " Interpreting Inner World Through Somatic Imagery" that is published in this issue of the Journal provides detailed information about such cases.
Many of these involve individuals who have suffered from severe psychological trauma. Those who chose to learn about this need to be aware of the occupational risk of being exposed to material capable of inducing secondary or empathetic PTSD. In any case, the cases serve to illustrate how content analyze methodology in association with symbolic interpretation can enrich traditional diagnostic treatment approaches in clinical settings.
The Manual also includes a series of statistical scoring system with normative groups, Diagnostic indicators discriminating Clinical groups such as Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety etc from Normal subjects. Administration, Scoring and interpretation of the test is also described in the Manual. The later norms have also been particularly helpful in screening subjects in industrial type settings. All of this and much more are outlined in this manual.
In addition certain illustrations examine somatic-psychological-spiritual dimensions beyond the limits of traditional scientific inquiry. For example, continuing the "time machine" analogy the sis can explore the ultimate psychic trip during which suicidal impulses push the individual to death. The study of this inner struggle, between the forces of life and those for self-destruction, has many implications for health. Those who study the manual and learn this electronic based sound and visual technology have an opportunity to push the frontiers of human knowledge beyond that which can be explored with existing projective techniques. Participating in the SIS society promises to enrich one's life and give much personal satisfaction. Like the Native girl's death dream, imagining one's body at death can provide a motivating psychic force for redirecting our life's work. It can challenge us to rise above instinctual and materialistic based drives in order to optimally redirected energy to the higher human goals.
Prospective members are warmly invited to complete the following philosophical visualization exercise to facilitate spiritually connecting to members of our society. If you need to participate, conjure up in consciousness a mental representation of image B22. Now imagine that the figure represents your own body at death with your soul leaving. Next picture in your memory situations or dreams, in which your soul interacted with a deceased loved one or mentor that had a positive effect on your personal, emotional and cognitive development. Now incorporate these images into your living body image and spiritually connect with active members of our international society. You are now part of us.
The manual is also available on the web site: http://www.somaticinkblots.com Interested readers can download the manual and abstract of papers published in SIS Journal of Projective psychology & Mental Health from 1994- 2003. For more information please write to Dr.B.L.Dubey on Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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