Measure Your Inner Tension - Stress Test
If you have unresolved psychological trauma, then you have excessive inner tension. Just because someone wears an apparently happy smile and says that they feel relaxed does not make it so. There are many ways to measure inner tension and I shall discuss those that I think work both easily and well.
In The New Primal Scream, Dr. Arthur Janov (1991, p. 244) has described a "repression index," which includes blood pressure, pulse rate and body temperature. (His index also includes brain wave measurements that I'll not discuss because few of us have access to such brain measuring devices.) He has shown that as the amount of psychological tension in your body falls, then your blood pressure falls, your pulse rate falls, your core body temperature falls and your extremities' temperatures rise. These changes happen both temporarily in a major way during primal therapy sessions and permanently to a lesser degree afterwards.
None of the following measurements is surefire proof of the presence or lack of inner tension. But taken together with an understanding of where these measurements can lead to faulty conclusions, these bodily tests can reveal to you where you are probably lying to yourself. Also importantly, what do these indicators indicate about your spiritual brothers, sisters, guru, and shaman?
© 2008 by Thayer White
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