Prototypical Charge

The Principle of Charge

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According to Freud, Janov and many humanistic psychologists, we have all lived intense negative experiences that have affected our existence. These events often come from psychological, familial, physical or medical sources and have left a deep traumatic mark inside of us.

Depending on our particular experience, these events produce two reactions in our nervous system: the creation of memories and the creation of an original prototypical charge. These two dimensions seem to obey different principles. It is therefore possible, for example, to explore memories with a psychologist without triggering the charge. On the contrary, we can technically stimulate this charge with vibroacoustic stimulation without interacting with the individual. However, these two access doors remain linked in a form of symbiosis.  

Consequences

Why should we focus on this prototypical charge? Because according to certain theoretical models in the field of psychology, psychological traumatism is the source of psychological psychosomatic disorders. Depending on our particular experience, a more significant charge will cause:

  • More serious disorders and symptoms;
  • Less success with any form of treatment.

Among the consequences, there are familiar disorders such as depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, ADHD, anorexia, bulimia and also borderline, antisocial, narcissistic, histrionic, avoidant, dependent and obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, etc. These illnesses can be found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).

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Process

During the process, the intensity of the charge follows a spiral motion from the exterior to the core. The outside tensions are relived first, like isolated fragments that are less charged and easier to assimilate. The process then gets deeper towards the core and the successive liberations facilitate the reunification of the individual consciousness.

When a “reliving” occurs, these charges may be expressed through visual perceptions, screams, cries, physical sensations, emotions, realisations, spasms, etc. They are characterised by intensity, depth and duration. In a private practice office, not only is direct access not pursued, but the soundproofing conditions to achieve a “reliving” are not adequate. Access to the charges requires great availability and one hour meetings once a week can be insufficient.

This is why VASC Québec offers access to a soundproof vibroacoustic lodge that favours contact with prototypical charges and also allows the client to carry on meetings with a professional. For the first time, traditional approaches and an in-depth access tool can be adequately combined for the client’s well-being.