So, what IS the Self? And what’s with the Sense-Of-Self?

My take on it is here and here

Self has to do with what we think — about our identity and our place in the world. It’s what happens in our heads.

Sense-Of-Self has to do with how we experience ourselves and our place in the world. It’s what happens in our bodies, which intimately affects our heads.

The two are inextricably entwined. Can’t separate them. And the fact that we don’t understand that they’re separate, yet closely connected, is one of the things that delays TBI recovery, in my opinion.

It wasn’t until I took my Sense-Of-Self in hand and really focused on it, that my recovery took off. Sure, there were plateaus and stops and starts, but focusing on my “felt sense” of my life gave me a much firmer footing than any I’d had up to that point.

To get the brain back on track, you need to involve the body.

Not doing that, holds us back. Doing that, helps move us forward.

And that’s what this work TBI S.O.S. is about.

 

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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