Constantly, we keep in mind real-life situations, feelings and the behavior adopted to face it. During periods of great stress, a painful event or an injury, a neurological convergence fuses by associating the situation, the emotion and the behavior adopted at that time.
Later, under stress, we react in a similar way faced with the same situation. This learned behavior allows us to react as quickly as possible and avoid the memory of the real-life pain
This automatism also contains limits: it does not offer us the choice of wider present options.
A few indicators of auto-limitation:
- Interpersonal conflicts
- Attention deficit
- Recurring behavioral patterns
- Painful feelings
- Restrictive thoughts & auto-sabotage
- Psychosomatic pains
- Feeling of powerlessness
- Binary alternatives (fight or flight; to express oneself or keep silent)