Psychotherapy Out of Bounds

PSYCHOTHERAPY Out of Bounds, continued
When the spirals of hair were thus imprisoned, she was asked to watch herself entering through the door into the other half of the room, pausing and looking around. She was asked to say how the she in the other half of the room appeared to feel. She said that she appeared to feel just fine. She was asked to watch herself in the other half of the room walk up to the frame to look closely at it. How did she feel? She felt OK. She watched herself in the other half of the room, as she reached out, touched and caressed the black things in the frame. How did she feel? She reported no feeling at all. She was asked to walk into the other half of the room, join herself in there, and do the same things. How did she feel. No feeling at all was reported. Felicity was delighted. He suggested that she take a handful of the black shells, put them in her purse and take them home with her as a souvenir. She giggled as she complied in her mind with that idea.
The same procedure was then done, first using the black spiny house dust neutralized by the black shiny coal dust particles, and then using the green spiny spores neutralized by the green shiny sparkles for the Christmas tree. She claimed no distress at all picturing herself in the other half of the room after each of these exercises. She even said she had fun doing the procedures.
In the year which has elapsed since this procedure was undertaken, Primula claims never once to have suffered from any allergic responses, neither hay fever, nor asthma, nor itchiness. This has been true although she has spent a lot of time in houses with cats, in dusty houses and walking outside on the grass and under trees. Was this a ‘cure’? In the case of allergic responses, Felicity is inclined to believe that it was ‘a cure’. The method seems quite directly to correct the error made by the brain in reacting to the allergens as if they represented danger.
The problem many people might have in accepting this as a real treatment method is likely to be that the brain would be thought to be incapable of detecting the presence of the allergen consciously. How, then, could it learn to react differentially to the presence of the allergen? The problem here is that most people assume that the brain is only capable of learning responses of which it is conscious. The error in this idea is demonstrated by observing that a cat (only) allergy responds to a cat but not to a dog, even if the person cannot detect consciously whether there is a cat or a dog in the house. The body makes the discrimination, mediated by the brain which triggers and orchestrates the immune reaction.

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