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to our belief that the major contrib-uting factor of blocking and stutteringare those mental frames of fear andanxiety behind the stuttering. Then,when we add to this are all of thenegative mental frames associatedwith the early psychological develop-ment of a person, no wonder we canget some very strange ideas” embod-ied somatically. Then, these mentalframes, when activated by the fear ofblocking or stuttering will functionsimilar to how a panic attack oper-ates. The only difference will be in theexpression occurring in those musclessurrounding breathing and speaking.Today, human anatomy and medi-cal science recognizes that the ner-vous system is an interactive system.Today the neuro–sciences speak aboutauto–immune–disease, and psycho– immunology, and many other hyphen-ated words. There is no “mind” apartfrom “body,” or “body” apart frommind. Researchers today describe thebrain functions and anatomy as re-sponsive, processing, and always chang-ing. We have a dynamic system that isalive and forever in process.That’s why the old metaphors ofthe mind–body system no longerwork. The mechanistic idea of steamand energy and “things” have givenway to processes, systems, commu-nication exchange, information trans-fer, etc. And yet how
manifestsitself in the
of nervoustissue, and creates the sense of con-sciousness, and self–reflexive con-sciousness, self, identity, and internalmovies of past and future events—all of this is still a mystery.What we know is that—“mind”is not a thing, but a process. We knowthat our mind does not have me-chanical structures for “storage” of“memories” and “thoughts” that arestatic like what we use in a computer.There are no comparable computerchips… there is only the constanttransform of information, the ex-change or transduction of energyfrom electromagnetic to bio–electric,to chemical to the exchange of ionsat the level of molecules.In there, everything is so com-pletely dynamic that they only way itcan be sustained is through using thehigher levels of mind (our meta–cog-nitions) to set up beliefs that keepon thinking the same thought so thatit habituates and becomes musclememory. Of course, if we stop thatprocess, then that memory will bechanged, altered, or erased. That’swhy we are such good forgetters. Thethings we program into our nervoussystem have to be constantly re-freshed. And, of course, all of thisalso identifies processes for interven-tion and transformation.
If this is true for our thinking, it iseven more so for our emotions.These
in our body,what we call “emotions” must alsobe re–framed. We must also recog-nize that they are processes as well.They are the embodiment of ourthinking, appraising, and understand-ing into our protoclastic tissue—nervous tissue, signals and messagesof arousal, threat, safety, etc. That ev-erything is interconnected and affectseverything else is a given in the neuro-sciences today.What does all of this mean?Itmeans that
there is no mind-body-emo- tion problem because it is an intercon- nected system in the first place, a sys- tem that cannot be broken up.
We canonly break it up linguistically as wetalk about the parts. The parts donot operate singly. Of course; this in-cludes the cortex, the hippocampus,and every other organ come into playincluding muscle groups.Neuro–Scientist Susan Greenfield’sstates, that “consciousness, memory,learning, etc. are gestalt (connected)phenomena, and not located any-where, but everywhere.” We recog-nize this
in terms of “cellmemory” or “muscle memory.” Ac-tually, this is a misnomer for it impliesthat somehow the
of memoryin certain areas of the body. The er-ror in this is the nominalizing (or freez-ing) of a process. The memories areactually the expression of a dynamicprocess. With blocking and stutter-ing, the driving emotions find expres-sion in certain muscle groups but theyare not just there, they are
but there as well.In all of this, the modern neuro-sciences confirm our suspicion thatemotions can and do find expressionin particular areas of the body. As asystemic whole, the mind–body sys-tem works together and cannot beseparated.Consider a panic attack. When aperson has a panic attack, part of thediagnosis involves physical symptoms.I certainly do not believe this diag-nosis is the result of some accident.It is the result of what people expe-rience as is the case with blocking/ stuttering. The DSM IV offers this