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Scratch … We are working to understand these two pages. We will remove this page after we get a working account that is most likely to be more descriptive.  This is the first time we’ve worked in this capacity … not sure how it will conclude.  At this instant, we are focused on this particular chapter and it’s Introduction.

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“Right Brain Affect Regulation:  An Essential Mechanism of Development, Trauma, Dissociation, and Psychotherapy” (Schore, 2012).   (Full Reference – See below)

“Introduction:  Regulation theory and the primacy of affective structures and functions” (Schore, 2012).



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We’re updating now … Last night’s chore was to use the mind map to organize our notes.  We started the notes through Amazon’s Kindle, but then went to our own capture journal, and then we transferred the work to the mind map.  This morning, we used MS Word, to create an outline from the mind map, and then we reworked that to fit the formatting of our WordPress Page.  This is where we’re up to.  We have a Dr. Marvin appointment.  I don’t know if there will be time to skim it, and/or discuss with him.  It might have to wait until we got home from his appointment, or tomorrow morning when we have more upfront thinking abilities.  


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Right Brain Affect Regulation (Schore, 2012)

Ann’s Outline (w/ our own Multiplicity thoughts combined)

07-25-17 @ 9:19AM

  1. Right Brain Affect Regulation – Notes (Schore, 2012)
    1. Definitions
      1. Cognitive – The mental activities involved in acquiring and processing information
        1. Cognition – A Cognition – an item of knowledge or belief. i.e. “I AM a Multiple.” See also information processing
      2. Golden Thread – Understanding emotions and behavior as working together —> what’s happening that resolves emotional dilemmas
      3. Implied – Not plainly expressed
      4. Ontogenesis – Development of individual organism – self(s)
      5. Phylogenesis – Development and diversification of an organism (multiple system — selfs)
      6. Physiology – study of functioning of organisms
      7. Primacy – Priority
  1. Human Condition
    1. Seek goals (whether known or not)
    2. Ancient emotional systems (independent power – separate from neocortical/cognitive processes)
      1. Priority (Primacy) of affect/emotions
        1. Primary – survive
        2. Secondary – when safe, deal with emotions
          1. Emotional “body-based” survival functions
            1. Each of the self have their own body memories —> they carry-around their own stories
            2. Survival with body memories (holding trauma history) of infant/child sexual abuse
              1. Periodically “act-out,” or “act-up”
        3. Relational interactions – impact …
          1. Brain Systems – Multiplicity is a system (within brain – as “many” minds)
            1. The selfs within system are implicit (not plainly expressed)
            2. Multiplicity – Internalized other people who were safe, hence (“safe” selfs unconsciously created)
              1. Survival functions (Infant/child’s) “ability” to stay alive
              2. Ability (goal/need) to stay alive (as a Multiple system – with self-relationships)
              3. Live/not die as an “internal system” (love/care)
              4. Without system, we feel we would perish
                1. Outer world too dangerous
                  1. Die/not live due to lack of external system (Attachment) love/care
        4. Visualized as layers (multiple selfs) —> promotes cognitive-object relations
          1. Selfs are orphans —> needs basic mother-object-relations
            1. Through Dr. Woollcott and Dr. Marvin, we gain the necessary rich emotional experiences
            2. Build a therapeutic alliance (patient/therapist)
              1. Emotional communication – right to right brain
                1. Internally with selfs, externally with Dr. Marvin
              2. Addresses psychobiological core
                1. Human processes – caring is essential for selfs’ development
              3. Psychotherapy change processes (core of therapy) – essential right brain processes
                1. Interpersonal neurobiology of several right brain processes – reactions
                  1. Nonconscious emotional regulation in self-development
                    1. Trauma-based dissociation affected psychopathogenesis
        5. Regulation Theory – Summary
          1. Primarily, we are emotional structures (selfs) and we are functioning
          2. Critical aspects of human experience
          3. Implicit emotions (implied not expressed), & Explicit emotions (in accordance with facts)
            1. Evolutionary functions
              1. Primary emotional responses are adaptive
                1. Feedback —> provides immediate assessment to meet goals/needs interaction w/environment
                2. Reset organism to meet changing circumstances – affects
                  1. Behavior
                  2. Physiology
                  3. Cognition
                  4. Experiences
              2. Preserve emotions through body memories and through selfs’ memories
              3. Phylogenesis —> Multiples —> Develop & diversify
                1. Survive adaptively —> Right hemisphere’s functions
                  1. Dominant in relational context, at all stages (ages of selfs) of lifespan
                  2. Dominant in relational context in therapy
              4. Underlying the conscious mind
                1. Biology/chemical
                2. Right brain implicit selfs
              5. Conscious mind
                1. Intimately involved in the processing of emotional body-based information (shock/trauma)
                2. Associated w/various motivational states
                  1. Various conscious minds/selfs/ w/various reasons for acting-out behaviorally (at any given time)
              6. Therapy encounters —> central focus
                1. Is to appreciate patient’s motivations
                  1. Running story/explains behaviors
                    1. Perceive/recognize emotional experience (whether evident or not)
                  2. Golden thread – access and share patients’ storyline to
                    1. Discover deep-seated emotions in conjunction with behavior being investigated
                    2. What is patient reaching for? Goals?
                    3. Is her method working?


Colman, A. M. (2015).  Dictionary of Psychology.  Oxford, UK:  Oxford University Press.

Colman, A. M. (2001).  Dictionary of Psychology.  Oxford, UK:  Oxford University Press.

Schore, A. N. (2012).  Right brain affect regulation:  An essential mechanism of development, trauma, dissociation, and psychotherapy.  In Schore, A. N. The science of the art of psychotherapy (Norton series on interpersonal neurobiology).  New York, NY:  W. W. Norton & Company.

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