Web IVy article, 2011
(c) 2011 by Rolf Dane, Rolf_Dane@Yahoo.com
DEFINITIONS COINED BY ROLF DANE
DEEP : Decisions, Emotions, Efforts and Polarities (a new processing approach)
DIR : DEEP Incident Running
Addressing Three Levels of Experience in Incident Running
An Introduction to Deep Incident Running (DIR)
DIR is a new method of dealing with traumatic incidents. It is related to several existing methods. But it runs deeper and can resolve even severe trauma in a workman-like fashion. This is the claim of the developer, who in this article outlines the theory behind this new technique.
By Rolf Dane, the developer of DIR.
It is a well-known fact that our personal history will leave us with
emotional and physical scars that past generations had no real answer
for beyond the medical patch up - and maybe a "sympathetic ear" of a
friend, the advice, "let time heal the wounds" or to make "a change of
environment" and the like.
Area Complaint: The complaint can also be about the person's
feelings and reactions towards a certain subject or an area of
inability. One would find pains, emotions, feelings, attitudes, etc.
connected to that subject or area and run them as general complaints.
Examples of area complaints could be "feeling bad about one's time in
middle school," "having troubles with study," "having troubles in one's
The Main Difference from Earlier Techniques
Compared to the techniques mentioned above, the DEEP techniques take a greater interest in the person's subjective emotions, feelings and reactions. This is based on the observation and analysis that the same or comparable incidents (such as loss of a loved one) can have a very different effect on different people. Different individuals have different thresholds for being overwhelmed. A paramedic can arrive at an accident scene and just consider it "business as usual" while a bystander, seeing the same thing, can be horrified and traumatized for life. We conclude that it is not the incident itself that does the most damage but that it is actually the person's reactions and decisions and perpetuated reactions to the incident that seems to be the permanent damage. By concentrating on that subjective side, the emotional and cognitive damage can be more easily and fully repaired. Even physical conditions that didn't respond to medical treatment can be unlocked and now respond to treatment or simply heal up.
Relief and significant case improvement also happens routinely using the older techniques; but the end goal of DIR is to exhaust the person's reactions to the event (such as emotions, feelings and pains) rather than have the person look at all the bad things that happened to him or her. The person, in other words, gets an intuitive lesson in his or her own participation and unknowing cause of subsequent troubles and sufferings. These are the subjective elements the person can do something about - and the clinical record shows that this is the fastest and most complete way to overcome such trauma.
DIR is still incident running; but once an incident with the
complaint is contacted, the processor works directly on the discomforts
contained therein by having the person re-experience and intensify them
and even recreate them in the session using various techniques. The
theory is, that the person basically continuously, though involuntarily,
generates these unwanted sensations him- or herself. By using the DEEP
techniques the person can be made to gain control over them and then
turn them off.
Main Spheres of Interest
The most physical is force. This is dominant in physical trauma. By force we mean physical impact, something solid collides with the person. When the person him- or herself uses force we usually call it effort. This consists of the person exerting muscle power, typically to counter or attack the force coming from the outside. Also to affect or attack the physical world or another person's body. Force and effort are physically measurable phenomena covered in mechanical physics and physiology related to motion. It is recorded by the person as Motor Memory. In the force band we have physical pain stemming from collision of two forces or efforts. There is too much force or effort to tolerate or the person is colliding with force or solidity and experiences pain.
Also included in the force/effort band is less traumatic phenomena such as motion, action, physical performance and even body language. If it includes use of muscles it is classified as an effort. If it takes any amount of physical energy it is classified as force.
Phenomena in the Force band: Pain; sensations of: impact, injury, motion, falling, weight and other physical universe phenomena; exhaustion, etc., including the catalog of physical sufferings well known to emergency room doctors handling physical trauma.
We are here dealing with all the phenomena that easily can be explained or illustrated by physical causes.
Just a note: animals have demonstrably primary emotions. They also have secondary emotions stemming from physical trauma. They may lack a range of secondary emotions. Animals are not considered capable of reflecting over things by either using reason or emotion.
3. Body sensations: This category is comprised of various
feelings stemming from the body, such as ache, soreness, itch, thirst,
full stomach and dozens of other impulses, good and bad. The body is
trying to tell us about its condition. By perceiving the range of body
sensations we are aware of and in contact with the body. Sometimes these
signals stem from past situations that should be located and processed
as it is unpleasant and distracting "noise" related to the past.
Sometimes these signals should be cause of alarm and immediate action.
Sometimes one needs to change habits or diet or seek medical help
immediately as a consequence of these signals.
1. Analytical thought (reason) is clear thinking with a high
ability to differentiate and see minute differences among very similar
things. It is characterized by the ability to discern differences and
similarities and recognize things that are identical. Working with,
studying or looking at something, one can perceive and classify things
correctly and work with the concepts of things in the mind. One can
combine ideas and arrive at new ones. One can forecast correctly, be
aware of consequences by using logic, etc.
The Shock Moment
Examples of locked up thoughts in shock moments: A woman gets
raped and decides in shock and panic that "all men are bad!" and lives
by it ever since. A man gets injured in a car accident and in a flash
decides "I should never have driven!" and agonizes each time he is in a
car after that. A boy gets blown to sea in a small boat and gets
suddenly really scared and says to himself "I won't make it!" That may
act as a decision of defeat for the rest of his life. Getting these
decisions - these often urgent exclamations and outcries - isolated and run
out may turn things around. The incidents were remembered as nightmares.
Through DIR processing they become invaluable lessons of life: on the
analytical level, on the emotional level and on the behavioral level
(the effort level.) They become accessible without any pain or negative
emotion. They add simply to what could be called the person's intuitive
understanding of the situation. And this is life experience at its best.
General principle of Running DIR
One can also work from a general complaint, such as an unwanted emotion, sensation or pain the person wants to get rid of. One finds incidents, one after the other, which may have caused the complaint and run the incident out. The interest factor is important. If the person has strong interest in doing something about the complaint, the chances for success are much greater. The person is motivated and has a good awareness in the area. When the interest factor is high, the chances of finding earlier similar incidents containing the same complaint are much greater too. Once the first incident has been discharged, one can simply ask for an earlier incident containing the same complaint. This is used if the person at this point still seems preoccupied with the complaint.
Running an Incident
Once that is done, one can go into DEEP mode. In DIR, the
practitioner would have listened carefully to how the person described
the experience and now uses this knowledge in the following step. The
practitioner asks into the emotions, feelings, reactions and thoughts
expressed and suspected. In physical trauma the force band, recorded as
Motor Memory, is the most important area to contact and run. In
emotional trauma the emotions, feelings and reactions are, of course,
dominant and would be emphasized.
One thing that can be used in DIR is to explore the two sides of effort and force colliding. This is done by viewing the two (or more) sides separately. First we run the general experience of the injured person. Then we would review the outside force hitting the person and then the person's own efforts in dealing with that, fighting back, holding it off or fleeing - whatever the case may be.
This collision of physical objects or energies causes a permanent ridge in the person's energy field as the two sides lock up against each other. The person has a motor memory recording of both sides. Say, a football soccer player was tackled by another player and was injured. First we run the person's own experience and motor memory of the accident. But obviously, it was "the other player" who was the negative cause of the person's injury. It is hard to see one's own cause in relation to that. However, it is the injured person's own motor memory recording of the other player's actions that causes the permanent damage. The injured person has this recording of being hit as well as a recording of his own actions and reactions in the situation. To run out the outside force (the opponent), we have the person assume the viewpoint of the other player and have our hurt person run the incident from that perspective. By doing so, we access the injured person's own motor memory recordings of the hostile force hitting him and can now dissolve that side of the ridge as well.
By working both sides, the ridge will dissolve and the person can now
move up to present time, so to speak. The frozen moment in time,
battling a hostile force or opponent, has become liquid and can now
virtually evaporate. The same can be explored when it comes to emotion
In running the shock moment, we are interested in the statement contained therein. Sometimes it has to be sorted out as the person didn't put words on it previously. Also impulses, which could be said to contain thought as well as effort, may be found. They should be worded and run out, including acting out any impulses and efforts. If no wording can be found, impulses can simply be acted out under the processor's control.
As said above, it should also be noted that what gives these thoughts such a command value is the force and threat that was present at the time, the threat of consequences, to wellbeing and survival. It is therefore mandatory to get any such force discharged of these moments to make the statements lose their negative command value.
Note: The technique of running viewpoints can also be used to
specifically discharge the shock moment. Each viewpoint present in the
shock moment is simply run. The person is made to view the moment or
short sequence through the eyes of each principal person, group or
viewpoint present, one at the time, and the confusion in the shock
evaporates. This is not included in DIR-1, the seminar, but is part of
Deep Processing and Conflicts
We took up identities, one at the time, the person had trouble dealing with and processed any charge found. Then we found the own identity used in dealing with that trouble person and processed any charge found on that (own) side. Here the "Polarities" (as the P in DEEP) is the obvious clashing of identities, roles or characters. This processing has been very successful in research with selected persons and has been underway for about 5 years.
An easy to read and illustrated introduction to that can be found on our web site:
Copenhagen, June 12, 2011.
Last edited: 21.06.2011