About Adoptee Rage

Statistics Identify large populations of Adoptees in prisons, mental hospitals and committed suicide.
Fifty years of scientific studies on child adoption resulting in psychological harm to the child and
poor outcomes for a child's future.
Medical and psychological attempts to heal the broken bonds of adoption, promote reunions of biological parents and adult children. The other half of attempting to repair a severed Identity is counselling therapy to rebuild the self.

Monday, March 20, 2017

"The Limbic Imprint" Begins at Conception Determines Life

"The Limbic Imprint" Begins at Conception Determines Life

The fetus, post conception begins recording all sensory information that constitutes the potential infant's "Limbic Imprint". The new baby prior to birth, during birth and through the age of two records experienced sensory information in the limbic imprint that is prior to the development of speech. The newborn infant is an extremely sensitive being, in fact, more sensitive than he/she will ever be during the adult life. The newborn has the ability to experience all of the sensations and feelings, yet will not cognitively be able to recall them.          

Since conception, the newborn's early feelings, sensations, impressions experienced and recorded in limbic memory, remain throughout our lives. Twenty five years of thorough research and studies in the field of prenatal psychology show undoubtedly a direct correlation between the way we were born and the subconscious behavioral and emotional patterns in our adult lives. This is due to the mechanism called "limbic imprint".

The basic structure of the human infant brain brain at the tip of the spinal cord there is a segment called the reptilian brain, responsible purely for the physiological functions of the body. The part of the brain that still remains functional when a person is in a coma. The basic physiology of the body  continues to function, the female coma patient's menstruation and pregnancy can continue gestation. The cortex, referred to as "gray matter," responsible for our mental activity. The part of the brain responsible for cognitive functions: logic, calculating, planning. And the limbic system within the brain, responsible for emotions, sensations and feelings. Limbic imprinting occurs in that part of the brain, which is not directly connected with the cortex, responsible for cognitive memory. 

During gestation, birth and early childhood, the limbic system registers all of our sensations and feelings, without translating it into language of cortex, simply because it's not developed yet. That memory lives in the body through out the rest of our life whether we know of it or not. We are born into this world eyes wide-open to receive love from our maternal and genetic linked mother. When we do receive love, as our first primal experience, our nervous system is limbically imprinted – "programmed" with the undeniable rightness of being. Being held in the mother's loving arms, feeding from her breast and seeing the great joy in father's eyes, provides us with the natural sense of bliss and security; it sets the world as the right place of genetic safety and biological comfort.

If our first impressions of being in the body are anything less than loving (painful, frightening, isolated), then that "anything" imprints as a valid experience of love. It is immediately coded into our nervous system as a "comfort zone," acting as a surrogate for the love and nurturing, regardless of how painful, frustrating and undesirable it actually was. And in the future, as adults, we will unconsciously, automatically re-create the conditions that were imprinted at birth and through our early childhood.

Research in prenatal psychology, Dr.Thomas Verny, Dr. David Chamberlain, Dr. William Emerson shows that an overwhelming amount of physical conditions and behavioral disorders in are the direct result of traumatic gestation time and complications during delivery, including unnecessary mechanical interventions, including overdose of anesthesia.
On top of the devastating effect of trauma during the birth, what happens after it,- like routine impersonal postpartum care,- is also a source of psychological fear: lack of immediate warm, soft and nurturing contact with the mother, premature cutting of the cord, rude handling, circumcision, needles, bright lights, startling noises... all this sensory overload becomes instantly wired into the newborn's nervous systems as the new "comfort zone"...against all logic. 

As logic resides in a different part of the brain, which is not yet developed. That person will continue to unconsciously recreate/attract the same repeated situation of perceived abuse and/or become abusive. Even if later on in life rational mind/cortex will recognize this as pattern of "abuse," the imprinting already experienced in a different part of the brain, which doesn't have the skill to reason or stop the pattern.

According to a 1995 study by Dr.William Emerson, 95% of all births in the United States are considered traumatic, 50% rated as "moderate," and 45% as "severe" trauma. As tramatic birth experience affects all of us. Born into excruciating labor pains, into the numbness and toxicity of anesthesia, we are limbically imprinted for suffering and numbness. Traumatic birth strips us of our power and impairs our capacity to love, trust, be intimate and experience our true potential. Addictions, poor problem-solving skills, low self-esteem, inability of compassion, to be responsible, - all these problems have been linked to birth trauma. 

Normally, a woman gives birth the way she herself was born, due to the same mechanism of limbic imprint. That's all her body knows about "how-to" procreate. If she was born with complications, it's most likely, that she will automatically repeat that scenario. Unless she consciously alters that limbic memory, she will unconsciously hand down her own birth trauma to her daughter, as she herself received it from her mother. Giving birth for the first time is a huge step in healing. That's why the following deliveries are usually much easier. That, of course, is a very general observation.