General Dissociation-related Stuff

General Dissociation-related Stuff – INDEX
  • Recognizing Dissociation at Work in your Life
  • My Beliefs About What Works and What Doesn’t in Creating Change
  • Healthy Perspectives and Approaches
    • Dissociative Symptoms Checklists
  • My Suggestions for Alternatives

Recognizing Dissociation at Work in Your Life

Troublesome effects of trauma and Dissociation are common in modern human existence. This is because Dissociation is a normal and natural survival mechanism that allows us to keep functioning during a crisis or trauma until safety and stability is reached.

However, at that point or anytime thereafter, Dissociation can cease to be helpful and instead cause a wide range of problems and interferences. These problems and interferences need to be addressed so the traumatic experience can be properly processed, healed and released.

On an individual basis, when troublesome Dissociative Effects are identified, the Dissociative Spectrum and any applicable Aspects of Experience provide great clues about how to help yourself or the dissociative person. NVC (Non-Violent Communication) is a fabulously helpful tool for identifying the needs involved, and for revealing where and how disconnects are occurring.


Do you know how the effects of trauma and dissociation are “squirting out” in your life? 

Is it through:
  • Addictions?
  • Abuse/violence?
  • Avoidance?
  • Poor relationships?
  • Eating disorders?
  • Mood disorders?
  • ADD/ADHD symptoms?
  • PTSD symptoms of poor concentration, extreme startle reflex, etc.?
  • Criminal behaviour such as shoplifting, vandalism, or more serious crimes?
  • Or something else?

What can you do about changing dissociative effects and responses?

How can you take control and create life improvements?

And how can you better interpret the behaviors and responses of others in your family, community, society, government, media, etc.?


My Beliefs About What Works & What Doesn’t in Creating Change

It is my fervent belief that the traditional methods and approaches in current use, in general, do not solve problems or provide solutions to issues stemming from dissociative effects.

Our psychiatric efforts have devolved to numbing, shutting down and controlling symptoms through drugs rather than treating root causes and producing true healing.

Likewise, our criminal justice systems treat the criminals with punishment and fear, but do not address the underlying causes and beliefs behind the criminals’ behaviours, or the lack of communication and interaction skills for developing healthier ways of meeting legitimate needs.

Compounding the effects individually and societally, most of our social, governmental, business and other communal systems have foundations built upon outdated and ineffective psychiatric and criminal justice systems that are rooted in the effects of dissociation. In my opinion, this whole interconnected dissociative mess is the “the root of all evil”, since it perpetuates the problems, and prevents the positive change and healing that we all desire and need.

I believe our only hope for progress is to step away from what evidently does not work, and start employing new approaches to create the changes we seek.


Healthy Perspectives and Approaches

For those of you who recognize a need for new methods and approaches to healthy change, here are some trailblazing suggestions and ideas. First though, I vehemently advise you to find your own truth as you explore these and other options. Do not allow yourself to be “brain-washed” into believing and accepting misdiagnosis or mistreatment in desperation, or by way of outdated societal and psychiatric labels. Don’t even believe what I say unless it resonates as true for you!

Dissociative Symptoms Checklists
To start, you might want to complete a checklist or two to get some clues as to the forms and degrees of dissociation at play in your life.  My suggestions are:
Mental Health Problem Solver –
This website provides free up-to-date information on mental health issues, with a dissociation-based perspective on traditional psychiatric disorders. They also have symptom checklists:
  • Dissociative Disorders Checklist
  • Symptom Assessment Questions
Checklists to find through Google include:
  • The Child Dissociative Checklist (CDC) is a 20-item parent/observer checklist for children age 5-12 years.
  • The Adolescent Dissociative Experiences Scale (A-DES) is a 30-item self-checklist for ages 11-18 years.
  • The Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) is a self-checklist for ages 18 years and above.


My Suggestions for Alternative Techniques and Treatments include:

In keeping with my belief that we need new perspectives and approaches to create the healing and evolutionary changes we seek, here are my best suggestions.
I wholeheartedly recommend each of these as highly effective tools, in particular because they address problems and issues in ways that fit with seeing and treating through the lens of understanding  the dissociative spectrum.
I must caution you though. It is sadly still the norm that many practitioners do not  yet  see and interpret problems and issues through the lens of  dissociation and the dissociative spectrum. So do be sure to check out what they understand and apply in their practice!
Natural Reassociation Method (NRM) is Melisa Noel’s new approach to RA/MC recovery that capitalizes on our innate healing capacities. NRM’s principles, benefits and paradigm shifts are  transforming how survivors and support persons view and experience recovery, while also improving results and sustainability for many. Learn more about  the Natural Reassociation Method at
Non-Violent Communication (NVC) (Also called Compassionate Communication)  For healthy needs-based communication, Marshall Rosenburg’s “Language of Peace” is a great tool that focuses on the needs driving us, providing a simple method to connect with and find new ways to meet the needs of all involved. Learn more about NVC and the Center for Nonviolent Communication: An International Organization at 
Information Handout  About NVC
Living in Families Effectively (LIFE) Seminars – Helpful to anyone dealing with Dissociation-related issues, Dr. Alison Miller’s empowering LIFE parent education course combines specifics of child development and growth needs, boundaries, consequences, and more, with equally important components about parents’ experiences, feelings, beliefs, and needs shaping and coloring how they parent. Learn more about LIFE Seminars, workshops, books, and DVDs, at
Information Handout  About LIFE Seminars  
Empathic Therapy Dr. Peter Breggin (“Toxic Psychiatry”; Talking Back to Prozac”; “Talking Back to Ritalin”) and his wife Ginger founded The Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education and Living, then created the Empathic Therapy Network psychiatric reform organization to promote mental and emotional health and well-being through treatment without drugs. They offer many invaluable articles and resources: ; ;
Information Handout – About Empathic Therapy
ThetaHealing is Vianna Stibal’s energy healing technique that uses theta brainwaves to create emotional, physical and spiritual healing and transformation. The gentle guidance and accompaniment requires your permission at every step. It helps you root out and shift or release limiting core beliefs, rapidly and effectively bringing about helpful shifts in self-awareness and self-understanding and promoting self-connection and self-compassion. Learn more about ThetaHealing at  or through dissociation & ra/mc aware practitioner Leila Kubegusa @
Restorative Justice is an alternative to criminal justice sentencing and jail time. It brings together victim and criminal in a reconciliation and resolution process that allows each party be heard and accommodated, facilitating a connection between them and the needs they are each trying to meet. Creating a plan of meaningful restitution together helps the criminal learn and make positive change to healthier and more legal ways of meeting their need, and gives the victim healing and closure. Learn more about Restorative Justice at ; ;

Information HandoutAbout Restorative Justice  
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is founder Gary Craig’s emotional version of acupuncture.  Where acupuncture, acupressure and the like primarily focus on physical ailments, EFT applies this ancient process directly to emotional issues. This, in turn, often provides benefits for performance and physical issues. Learn more about Emotional Freedom Techniques at      
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is Francine Shapiro’s comprehensive, integrative information processing therapy approach to healing trauma and PTSD by addressing past experiences, current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health. Learn more about Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing at