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Synergypath - Unraveling Cognitive Dissonance

Updated: Jan 10



Empowerment Coaching Hub Founder©
Empowerment Coaching Hub Founder©

"Using my injuries to help others navigate theirs.

True empowerment comes from within."


"Feed your brain, like you feed your belly."

- Christina Blaskavitch

 

A Pathway to Healing for Individuals

with Trauma-Specified Disorder




First, I want you to know you are not alone. The world today targets people who have injuries and the best way to combat these attacks is to self educate and then educate them. Becoming familiar with the definitions of those injuries and the coping mechanisms available to you through alternative forms of self-care, you gain the confidence to empower your own journey.


Second, eat well with natural, holistic food with increased vitamins and mineral uptake as the secret to healing. Take back your power. We notice the resistance to this natural process through the micro-regulation and inflation of costs. There truly are people who want to keep you sick and injured, you are easier to control that way.


 

In the realm of psychology, cognitive dissonance is a concept that has been widely studied and discussed. It refers to the mental discomfort experienced by a person who holds two or more contradictory beliefs, values, or perceptions simultaneously. This discomfort often leads to a change in one's beliefs or behaviors to reduce the dissonance and restore balance. For individuals aged 25-40 grappling with trauma-specified disorders, understanding and addressing cognitive dissonance can be a significant step towards healing and recovery.



Understanding Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive dissonance is not just a fancy term for feeling undecided or conflicted. It's a powerful force that can influence our thoughts, behaviors, and overall mental health. When our actions don't align with our beliefs, or when we hold two conflicting beliefs, we experience a state of tension. This is cognitive dissonance.


  • Imagine you have two favorite books, but you can only read one at a time.

  • You might feel a little confused or upset because you like both books equally.

  • This feeling is a bit like cognitive dissonance.

  • It's when our brain holds two different ideas or that don't quite match up, and it can make us feel uncomfortable.



The Impact of Trauma

Trauma can significantly disrupt a person's life, leading to a range of disorders such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Acute Stress Disorder, and Adjustment Disorders. These conditions can cause a person to experience intense feelings of fear, help, or horror, often leading to a disconnection from reality and self.


  • Stressors are things that make us worried or upset.

  • They can be big things, like moving to a new workplace, or small things, like a personality test.

  • Trauma is a very big stressor that happens when something really scary or hurtful happens.

  • It can make us feel very upset and can sometimes cause cognitive dissonance.



Cognitive Dissonance and Trauma-Specified Disorders

In the context of trauma-specified disorders, cognitive dissonance can manifest in various ways. For instance, a person may believe they are safe and secure in their current environment, but their traumatic experiences may trigger feelings of danger and vulnerability. This conflict between belief and perception can lead to cognitive dissonance.


 

Why is Healing Yourself so Important


Medical abuse is a serious issue that can have long-lasting impacts on a person's physical and mental health. Medical abuse can occur in situations where healthcare professionals are pressed for time and make speedy diagnosis' without truly assessing the client. Oftentimes, allowing the clients to diagnose themselves. Licensed doctors who are lazy, take previous reports and use those reports as a template which causes further distress to a client when previous medical abuse has already occurred. This results in additional harm and injury to patients in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons. Inflammation of the brain over a prolonged period causes damage to these brain regions however stress and abuse are often the causes. Those external factors result in internal inflammation.


While injured, certain areas of ourselves receive less focus as we struggle to make sense of what happened. It is our responsibility to nurture those internal affected areas and bring them back to life. When medical abuse occurs, every other area is impacted also. This is often not intended, however can be by design to keep you sick or injured. Similar to an injured knee causes swelling impairing the ability to play a favourite sport or even walk. Functioning is the factor to consider and actual healing through conscious nutrient uptake to facilitate the healing cycle. We are in control of our bodies, as the gate keeper. We can control the regulation of our growth and healing cycles. We are responsible to care for our vessels.


We do not have to accept medical abuse. If you can diagnose yourself, you must be willing to educate yourself.


 

Let's examine the analogy of planting potatoes; these plants need more nitrogen at the beginning, when first planted. As we move throughout the growing season those plants require other minerals such as potassium and phosphorus to increase in size and density to produce the best possible crop. We as the gardener, are responsible for nurturing our crop. Similarly, we are responsible for nurturing our bodies-our vessels. We can reclaim control over our person. We must feed our brain through education, the same ways we feed our bellies with good quality food.


 

Example of Medical Abuse Leading to Cognitive Dissonance

Let's say a person named Alex gets hurt and has to go to the doctor. Alex knows that doctors are supposed to help people feel better. If the doctor doesn't listen to Alex or hurts Alex more by mistake this can cause cognitive dissonance because Alex's belief that doctors are helpful doesn't match up with what actually happened.


  • This is called medical abuse, and it's a very serious issue. It can make someone feel scared to go to the doctor again, even if they're hurt. This fear can cause more cognitive dissonance because the person knows they need help, however due to their past expdrience, they're scared to.


  • Dissonance, Stressors, and Trauma can all make us feel very uncomfortable. But it's important to remember that it's okay to feel this way and there are other people, like trusted adults, coaches, mentors, and counsellors who can help us find ways to feel better. We don't always need answers from doctors.



Remember, it's okay to ask for help when you're feeling confused or scared. Everyone experiences cognitive dissonance at some point, and it's a normal part of being human. So, keep exploring, keep learning, and remember to take care of your feelings, too!


Similarly, survivors of trauma may blame themselves for their experiences, creating a dissonance between their self-perception as a 'good' person and the belief that they 'allowed' something bad to happen to them. This self-blame can exacerbate feelings of guilt, shame, and worthlessness, further complicating the healing process. The good news! These feelings and responses are all rooted in metabolic functioning. Everything is manageable with the proper advice, mentorship, and coaching. I highly recommend the book "Brain Energy" written and read by psychiatrist, Christopher M. Palmer MD.



Brain Energy.  Source: Audible.com
Brain Energy. Source: Audible.com

 





 
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