Eye Movement and Desensitisation Reprocessing
of Traumatic Memories
EMDR emerged from within NLP methodology for working with unconscious strategies using the eye movement to access certain memories with emotions attached to them that have been arranged in specific sequences and re-arranging them for therapeutic purposes.
Eyes Up and Left: Non-dominant hemisphere visualization - i.e., remembered imagery (Vr).
Eyes Up and Right: Dominant hemisphere visualization - i.e., constructed imagery and visual fantasy (Vc).
Eyes Lateral Left: Non-dominant hemisphere auditory processing - i.e., remembered sounds, words, and "tape loops" (Ar) and tonal discrimination.
Eyes Lateral Right: Dominant hemisphere auditory processing - i.e., constructed sounds and words (Ac).
Eyes Down and Left: Internal dialogue, or inner self-talk (Ad).
Eyes Down and Right: Feelings, both tactile and visceral (K).
Eyes Straight Ahead, but Defocused or Dilated: Quick access of almost any sensory information; but usually visual.
EMDR involves alternate switching of dominant brain hemispheric activity and synchronisation of the whole thinking brain through the continuous and rhythmic repetition of certain eye movement patterns.
This accelerates information processing through the breaking down of isolated brain neural networks containing problem states and facilitating their re-connection with the much larger remaining part of the brain neural networks outside the problem state and thus with other memories of resourceful experiences to trigger emotional healing and new insights.