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Emergence Personality Theory

a New Theory of Human Personality

Our Wounds Become Visible

The Emergence of Layer 5

(we see clues to the stage on which we were wounded)

the emergence of layer 5 - sysmptoms  (per emergence personality theory)

the 5th Layer of Personality: "symptoms and painful events"

All children get childhood wounds. This is true no matter how loving and careful their parents may be. In this, the fifth layer of personality, then, these BLocks will prevent children from consciously experiencing life in the affected life areas.

Over time, these selective inabilities to experience life will often manifest as visible suffering, a condition commonly called, "having symptoms."

Please note though, that despite the fact that the symptoms of many BLocks will become visible, many, many other BLocks will remain hidden; asymptomatic. For non medical people, this means people often can have BLocks which, in ordinary life circumstances, exhibit no symptoms.

Of course, in many cases, a trained Emergence Practitioner will be able to find signs present, given they suspect a BLock. How? We define "wounds" differently, as the "missing beauty" rather than as the "visible suffering."

Even for Emergence Practitioners though, sometimes, the evidence of a BLock is so hidden, there simply are no visible symptoms, except in cases wherein the person directly experiences the wounding stage itself.

When there are "symptoms," what do they look like?

In general, symptoms are any visible suffering, including suffering which seems to come out of no where. Thus, many symptoms can not be logically connected to what appears to be a "cause."

For instance, if a toddler falls down a flight of stairs, afterwards, he or she may become overly cautious when approaching stairs, and this is logical. On the other hand, children who witness another child fall down stairs may also begin to exhibit these symptoms, if, in the course of their witnessing, the witnessing child gets startled.

Equally possible is the idea that a child may fall down stairs and not get a BLock.

In these cases, children will exhibit no symptoms because there they have not incurred a BLock.

How is this logically possible using the traditional form of defining "wounds?"

It simply isn't.

My point?

Logic can never accurately predict when and where a person will get blocked, let alone what the symptoms of this BLock will look like. And even in cases wherein it may seem logically obvious as to where the symptoms are coming from, in all cases, it is simply wiser to use these visible symptoms for what they do best; for recreating the stage of an injury so as to help this person to heal the BLock.

For example, I recently worked with a woman who has suffered for years from being overweight. Our first wounding stage? Her scale. In fact, in our first session in and around her weight, I had her bring in her scale and used her "overreactions" to guide our work.

Did I heal her injury by sessions end?

Actually, no. But by sessions ends, I had helped her to open the door consciously on what was certainly one of the main impediments to her seeing the beauty in managing her weight.

Another example of how logic can not be used to understand symptoms would be a six year old who suffers an incident with a mean, second grade teacher.

In this example, the child may begin to exhibit hatred for school, certainly the logical symptoms of his or her having been injured by this teacher's meanness.

Then, too, the child's symptoms may also manifest as something less related but still somewhat logically connected to the incident; clinginess and nervousness just before having to leave for the school bus.

Or they my look quite unrelated to the school incident, such as the child having trouble finishing breakfast or excessive playing with their food, even on non school days. In fact, exaggerated stomach aches and or ordinary complaints about being sick can be often be symptoms of a BLock involving a school teacher's meanness. Whatever the case though, the suffering present is the Layer 5 content of this child's personality, and this content is the visible evidence the child has incurred blocked abilities to be conscious in some specific life area.

What else can be found in this layer?

Certainly, things people normally consider symptoms, such as food and weight problems, addictions, learning difficulties, repeated physical illnesses, etc. Equally important though is the class of symptoms which manifest as the absence of reaction to life situations, such as an absence of reaction when being given love for example, going blank when being given a compliment.

Or the person may go blank when addressed in a specific tone of voice or when witnessing a certain facial expression. Or when sitting in a classroom even with the kindest of teachers.

All these things, both the visible suffering and the missing experiences, are peoples' Layer 5 content, the visible evidence people have incurred personality BLocks, meaning that in the layer beneath Layer 5, these people have incurred blocked abilities to stay conscious in specific life areas which over time, manifest as symptoms.

the emergence of layer 5 - symptoms

the 5th Layer of Personality: "symptoms and painful events"

Appears at Age?
birth, through rest of life
Personal Consciousness Age?
mostly "Why"
(age 2 - 7)
Sense of Connection?
only to my symptoms
("I can't thing of anything else.")
Sense of Aloneness?
"I feel so alone at times, I can't get out of bed"
Sense of Blame?
"medical" blame
Who Do You Blame?
the symptoms
("my cancer.")
the "painful event"
("my accident.")
Who Should Be Punished?
whomever or whatever caused these symptoms and or painful events
Who Deserves Help?
whomever or whatever is (was / will be) experiencing symptoms
whomever or whatever is (was / will be) experiencing painful events
Type of Emergence?
I see the beauty (purpose; loving meaning) in my symptoms
"My symptoms are a part of me; a part which deserves love too."
Type of Blamelessness?
We are all blameless for:
our symptoms are not our fault
("I didn't cause my cancer no matter how I treated my health.
Neither did anyone else cause it."
our painful events are not our faults
("I didn't cause my rape, no matter how I was dressed.")
Urges - Inner Life? (experiential urges)
BLocks begin to significantly affect health
Urges - Outer Life? (behavioral urges)
suffering appears to come from no where
"Aloneness" as a "Drive"
reliving "moments of startling aloneness" causes suffering
(time is perceived as a single, painful moment)

What We Think and Feel? (realms)
"Realm of Visible Suffering"
scared, guilty, concerned, confused, blank, frightened
What Do We Look Like? (roles)
drink too much alcohol
("No harm in having a little pick-me-up once in a while.")
exhibit phobias and illogical fears
("I can't look down from high places.")
suffer anxiety attacks
("I tremble when I go to the supermarket.")
exhibit clumsiness and being accident prone
("I'm bad at sports.")
get cancers, heart problems, and other medical symptoms
go blank in learning situations
("I don't know why I can't seem to learn to multiply.")
over react to ordinary life situations
("I hate it when you ... ")
under react to violent situations
("I feel calm when I see my parents screaming at each other.")
eat when not hungry; have no appetite; not taste food
ignore obvious physical dangers despite prior injury
("Calm down. I'm not driving that fast.")
feel the pressure of no choices in normal life circumstances
("I had no choice. I had to yell at her.")