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All events in life are accurately recorded by the subconscious.

These “records” are memories. Some memories are things we can look back on and recall easily, and some get placed deep into the subconscious. A memory can be complete and resolved or it can be unresolved. Unresolved memories can belong to one of two distinctly different categories:

  1. The memory is always present (to different degrees), disturbing, haunting, relentless and painful. It keeps the person from being present in the moment. Patients with these memories are often highly dysfunctional. Post-Traumatic Stress-Disorder belongs to this category. We refer to this condition as “Unresolved Psycho-Emotional Trauma”. Significantly traumatic circumstances – usually in late childhood or young adulthood – are the cause of this condition.
  2. The memory is suppressed into the subconscious and the patient is not aware of all details of the original event and of the psycho-emotional impact it had and still has. These patients (all of us in one form or another) are often fairly functional in life but have specific areas of dysfunction. Both unresolved psycho-emotional traumas and unresolved psycho-emotional conflicts are a common cause of illness, chronic pain, accidents, psychological problems, or relationship and job-related problems.

The neurophysiology involved is fairly simple:

Researchers have demonstrated that unresolved psycho-emotional conflicts create a significant bioelectrical disturbance in conflict-specific areas of the brain. The abnormal signals produce abnormal neuropeptides and abnormal electrical currents that reach the hypothalamus.

From here, the signals travel in the autonomic nervous system to distinct target organs, which are conflict specific. Chronic abnormal stimulation of, for example, the sympathetic fibers that reach the liver creates the presence of abnormal, noxious neuropeptides and leads to chronic illness, pain, and other dysfunctions.Theoretical Background of the Subconscious and the Nervous System

The nervous system of the conscious mind is the well-known and studied motor and sensory nervous system. The nervous system of the subconscious mind is the autonomic nervous system.  The subconscious is in charge of survival. It cannot, however, distinguish between real danger and perceived danger. The memory of a snake that was responsible for an unresolved psycho-emotional conflict many years back is as scary to the subconscious as a real snake.

Therefore, the subconscious uses certain “defense mechanisms” (a term coined by Freud) to keep the unresolved psycho-emotional conflict down in the subconscious.  In contrast, the consciousness will steer a person again and again in the direction of healing the original traumatic event.

Resolving an unresolved psycho-emotional conflict involves remembering it by the conscious mind.  After this, it must be understood, and the coupled response in the autonomic nervous system has to be disconnected. We call this process “uncoupling.”What is Applied Psycho-Neurobiology?

Applied Psycho-Neurobiology is a practical process of first having a dialogue with the subconscious mind to uncover the unresolved psycho-emotional conflict, then understanding the limiting beliefs that were formed as an attempt to resolve the conflict, and, finally, replacing them with freeing beliefs. This process uncouples (disconnects) the autonomic nervous system from the unresolved psycho-emotional conflict.

APN uses slight changes in specific muscles as an indicator for the state of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system and the specific test-muscle are the delicate testing instrument.  Researchers have shown for over 30 years that whenever an unresolved psycho-emotional conflict is activated by a therapeutic dialogue or procedure, the prefrontal cortex becomes active.

Simply put, muscle testing can be used to confirm activity in the prefrontal cortex. The changes after a successful treatment can be confirmed by an objective test called Heart Rate Variability Testing, which measures the function of the autonomic nervous system.This article was compiled based on information from the following resources: