PCS - Personal Change System

Helen Kramer

(212) 674-6743
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222 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10003

Joan Erskine

(718) 398-6132
45 Plaza Street, 1B
Park Slope
Brooklyn, NY
Helen Kramer, Dr. Joseph Le Doux and the current brain research

PCS Reflects Dr. Le Doux's Research
The most current brain research, especially that of Joseph Le Doux, MD. has dramatically altered our view of the potential for enhanced brain development. Dr. Le Doux explains why lasting emotional and psychological changes are difficult to achieve. He states that our emotional patterns from childhood are indelible and will be re-stimulated throughout our lives. As a result he believes that traditional therapy alone is not sufficient to deal with this physiological tendency for the primitive brain to be triggered. He called for a system that would help people cope more effectively with this biological reflex that accounts for so much of our unwanted patterns. Helen Kramer's method of identifying and then transforming these primitive emotional responses is just such a system

PCS Corrects Primitive Reflex
One fundamental obstacle to creating lasting change is physiological and not psychological as previously thought. When stressed, our brain "misfires" sending signals to the primitive part of the brain. This is the "fight or flight" part of the brain which is meant to respond quickly and reflexively to danger. Our brain has not evolved sufficiently and misreads stress for danger. As a result when we are stressed our emotions are "hijacked" and we respond primitively. Helen Kramer has identified this misfiring of the brain as emotional dyslexia™. For just as in the learning disability dyslexia, the brain misinterprets signals and a person might recognize a word and then write it backwards. With emotional dyslexia™ signals go to the primitive brain bypassing the "adult brain". As a result we end up reacting as children when we need to access our full, adult brain power.

PCS Transforms Emotional Dyslexia™
When we understand that Emotional Dyslexia™ is a physiological reflex we no longer have to blame ourselves for reacting to stress with childlike emotions. PCS will teach you to recognize these stress responses so that you can literally exercise your brain and transform this stress response. You will learn to send signals to your adult brain and develop emotional responses that are more effective and reflect your adult resources.

More About This Reflex
This reflex was helpful in primitive times, when we frequently faced life-threatening danger. It helped us to react automatically. However, this automatic process is not helpful in our everyday lives, when we need to remain in the 'thinking' part of our brain, the neocortex. This is where our insight and information about who we are as adults resides. Reactions formed in this part of the brain allow us to feel ourselves as the adults we truly are. We become better problem solvers because we are fully aware. This allows us to live in the now!

PCS Moves Beyond Traditional Therapy
In the early 1990's, as Joseph Le Doux was developing his research about the effects of the brain on our emotions, Helen Kramer was also questioning traditional psychological views of behavior. Until recently, in our psychologically oriented culture we assumed that all childlike unproductive behavior was due to psychological problems originating in childhood. When people didn't maintain change they were seen as masochistic, self-sabotaging or just plain resistant to feeling better.

Transform Emotional Dyslexia™
Helen Kramer considered this a complicated way of burdening and "blaming" patients for not receiving the benefits they so desperately desired. Based on her belief in the human drive for mastery, she hypothesized that the difficulty existed in the way our nervous systems respond to stress. In his work, Dr. Joseph Le Doux offered a scientific basis for her hypothesis. Kramer went on to write Liberating the Adult Within, in which she explains how much of the unwanted behavior that we experience results from these physiological causes. We now have a substantial body of research proving that in order for lasting change to occur, actual change must occur at the neurological level. The good news is that is neurological change remains possible throughout our lives because the brain remains malleable, capable of growth and development. Transforming emotional dyslexia™ is one of the ways that PCS changes neurological and brain function.

"We believe our program serves as a bridge between insight and the desired change."

More about the Theory of Positive Intent

What do we mean by a non-pathological approach and positive intent? Our approach is based on the newest brain research and the work of Dr. Kurt Goldstein, who developed the first western organismic theory of human behavior. He believed that all living organisms have one primary instinct and that is the instinct for mastery. Mastery is our desire to be the best that we can be. In other words, to master each task we face in life. Our difficulties arise when the environment does not provide us with what we need to achieve mastery.

Fulfill Your Drive For Mastery
Helen Kramer developed the theory of Positive Intent to further explain this phenomenon. Since all organisms are engaged in an attempt to actualize, all behaviors evolve out of this initial positive intent for mastery. PCS teaches you to uncover your innate desire for mastery and helps you remove the interference you may have experienced in your life.

PCS is a non-pathological approach
We teach you to see that you are always attempting to do your best, based on your individual “brain style” and what you learned in childhood, both emotionally and intellectually. Unfortunately without the proper “emotional education” you continue to use skills learned during childhood. Because these skills developed when your choices and resources were limited, they are usually ineffective in adulthood. Instead of getting what you want, you may be using obsolete behavior that produces unwanted results. You don't however, do those actions, and make those decisions out of self-destructive tendencies or masochism. Youdo them because it most often seems like the only way because it iseither familiar, comfortable or because no one has taught you a better way.

Discover the Positive Intent In All Behaviors
These behaviors reflect our attempt to cope with a less than ideal world. They reflect the interaction of our unique "brain style", early childhood conditioning and our physiological predisposition towards emotional dyslexia™. Even when it seems obvious to others that these actions are not in our best interest, without being taught new ways of reacting we are stuck repeating old patterns. We teach participants to discover their own and others positive intent enabling them to create new more satisfying lives.

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