The Dynamogenic Effect

(Or The Long Term Recovery Crisis)

William James was coined as a “Father of Psychology” of the Western Hemisphere in the early 20th century. He wrote in one of his famous text books a chapter on “The Law of Mental Dynamogenesis”.

The Law of Dynamogenisis states simply that “One stimulation in motion reinforces another already underway.” In terms of my Refocus Recovery practice it means that the premise of the Dynamogenic Model describes the client who has come to Refocus Advanced after multiple years of successful recovery. S/he has most likely suffered trauma at some point. Recovery from substances was driven by the need to achieve thereby proving to themselves and the world they are better than fine. Unable to let their guard down, our prospects will have tackled a successful life as an extension of a successful period of recovery. S/he has achieved what many only dream about. However, it is not enough for this exhausted over achiever. The expected sense of success has eluded her. Her all encompassing belief of not being good enough has followed her all of the years of her life. He has attempted to figure out the source but the hunt has only left him unsatisfied and resentful, a victim of his past at the hand of others. His attempts to high achieve his way out have failed miserably only confirming what he knew all along; he is a failure.

Finally understanding the reason why she is suffering gives her the sense she has found the remedy for this lifelong companion of fear. She is hopeful, feeling as if she has struck gold. Now that she knows why she is the way she is, she will be able to conquer it.

But the win was short lived. She found that knowing why she is decimated will not get her well. Her perceived failures continued to stack up, making them even more painful. Her mantra, “your just not good enough” rings louder and louder until she can no longer stand it. Giving up is closing in.

Completely defeated, exhausted and hopeless he cries, “is this really all there is?” Nobody even knows who he really is. He has never told anyone. They will all be so shocked. He wonders how long will it take before his name will be forgotten completely.

If this account rings true, you have come upon a fork in the road. If it is one last desperate clutching at straws so be it. Before you decide to exit stage left, call me. You just might have found the way out without a final exit.

Again my name is Linda Shaw, text, call, email or use the contact form on this site. Refocus, Explore and uncover who you really are.


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