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Resolving addictive behavior using ego state therapy

Dr Gordon Emmerson

An addictive personality is the psyche of the person who has not yet resolved past trauma, and who has found a means to escape from that trauma by being able to zone out in some way, or in the case of drugs, someone who has found a chemical substance that blocks the trauma feeling ego state. Until this trauma is resolved the person may go from one addiction to another. This workshop will provide a theoretical understanding of addictive behavior and will provide techniques for addressing the cause of addictions.
Repetition of behaviour over an extended period of time creates a physiological response state of axon/dendrite growth by practiced synaptic firings. An Ego State is therefore created as a physiological part of the brain produced by repetition. When an Ego state becomes executive it brings with it the previous learned experience, emotion and skills particular to its function.

PACFA Biennial Conference 2012
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Recorded: 27-28 October 2012, Melbourne, Vic, Australia
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Dr Gordon Emmerson

Dr Gordon Emmerson is an Honorary Fellow of the school of psychology at Victoria University. He is the author of the books ’Pathways to your Ego States’ (currently under publication) ‘Ego State Therapy’ (2003, 2007, 2010), and ‘Advanced Techniques in Therapeutic Counseling (2006, Crown House). He has conducted Ego State Workshops in Australia, South Africa, Germany, and the USA and has conducted numerous keynote conference and convention addresses on the therapy subject.

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