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The "why to" is in many other diaries and comments. This diary is complementary -- it's a condensed "how to": how to prepare & how to bounce back quicker and quicker:

  1. Come up to speed on Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein.
  1. Understand the keys to preparing yourself against shock.

Shock works by throwing human emotions to the lowest level of the emotional scale: resignation. Resignation is an emotional state of powerlessness.

Zero action comes from powerlessness. So that is where the Shocksters want you to be: resigned, powerless, in a state of shock.

  1. Learn to neutralize shock using these 8 steps:

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a) recognize you are in a state of shock, and step outside it, and examine it.

b)
shift from resignation, to sadness, which is 1 step up the emotional scale. Sadness still is inactive, but allows you to take back control of your perspective. Mentally step back, acknowledge and let go of your sadness about how screwed up the world is, that "sadly, this kind of shit happens in the world, but what can I do about it?", and move on.

c) shift from sadness to fear, which is 2 steps up the emotional scale. Fear begins to motivate action. But fear leads more to "flight" than to "fight" -- so there is still further to go in order to truly "bounce back".

d) shift from fear to anger, which is 3 steps up the emotional scale. Anger not only motivates action, but it empowers the "fight" reflex over the "flight" reflex.

e) shift from anger to Being Present, which is finally out of the negative side of the emotional scale. Being Present brings back awareness, perspective, and rationality. Being Present allows you to get back in touch with your core choices in life, such as commitment and courage. In the face of whatever unspeakable thing just happened, integrity and boldness open up as exciting possibilities.

((simulate and practice, and get good at doing these "bounce-back steps" in faster and faster times. Learn to bounce back from shock in hours instead of days, and then minutes instead of hours, and then seconds instead of minutes. After inoculating yourself, you become emotionally immune to Shock Doctrine tactics.))

f) Now you connect with others without bringing them down, and you can more effectively help bring them up. Separate facts from interpretation and emotion. Think, plan, and move into action.

g) shift from neutral into positive emotions, such as enthusiasm and gusto. Get back to your activism, with renewed vigor.

This stage is well known as "when the going gets tough, the tough get going."

(or, as snarkish alternative, "when the going gets wierd, the wierd turn pro!")

h) use the absurdity as fuel. start laughing, and making fun of the Shockersters. Get your conversations revved up to disempower the Shocksters. Don't cooperate, don't give them your power -- take your power back. Work together with others to accomplish your mutual goals, and playfully thwart the intentions of the Shocksters.

Realize that if we don't cooperate, the Shocksters can't have what they want.

Realize that the rest of the world does indeed have some influence (especially now that the corporate finance US Shocksters have given them so much "funny paper" for all the resources, oil, and manufactured goods they have provided us) -- and the rest of the world is fed up with BushCo, and really is with us in wanting a US regime change.

Realize the Shocksters need us to be shocked. When we instantaneously bounce back from shock, they have a big problem.

Realize that there are a lot more of us than there are of them.

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Consider this outrageous thought: You are powerful and dangerous, and they are afraid of little old you.

Most of all, be at peace in your integrity.

Translating all the above into dKos-speak:

If it spreads worry and it disempowers, it's "concern trolling".

If it warns, empowers, inoculates, and leads to preparedness and action, it's a contribution to the community.

And that, my fellow geekiwonks, is the underlying theory of why we eat concern trolls for lunch here at dKos.

Originally posted to iVote on Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 05:53 PM PDT.

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  •  tips... (14+ / 0-)

    for better shock absorbers.

    You and I -- we be in the driver's seat now, baby!

    #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

    by ivote2004 on Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 05:56:01 PM PDT

    •  Cliff Notes Video on Shock Doctrine (6+ / 0-)

      •  Thank you, MsGrin! (4+ / 0-)
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        Excellent video, I saw it a while back. Thanks for contributing it!

        #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

        by ivote2004 on Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 05:58:27 PM PDT

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        •  I'd heard Naomi Klein interviewed (5+ / 0-)

          seriously a half dozen times and didn't get what the book is about until I saw this a week or so ago when SD started popping up in a bunch of diaries - I bookmarked it since it helped me grasp her thesis.

          I have PTSD, so reading this kind of stuff is really hard for me.

          Given my situation, I DEEPLY appreciate your fine, sensible steps above.  That IS how it's done.

          And am very grateful to this site and all the brilliant minds here that encourage me to stay focused as the public world reflects what's going on in my private world.

          •  PTSD (4+ / 0-)
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            My partner Mary is an RN, specializing in psych nursing. Her comments are:

            People with PTSD definitely have lot of anxiety and are dealing with an experience so traumatic that it imprinted a permanent cycle of memory of the traumatic event, playing over and over in their head.

            The actual event is often generalized to anything that makes them feel that level of anxiety.

            PTSD is sometimes completely resolved, but usually some residual remains.

            Panic attacks, headaches, insomnia, other symptoms. Can turn into physical illnesses. So it's important to work on healing.

            Generally, stay away from triggers, while also gradually  healing. When in a safe supportive intentional healing environment, bring up the triggers, and confront them.

            War veterans brought PTSD to our attention. We're still working on it. But there are better treatments now. But warriors and war victims, and others who needed it most, are often not interested in going through the treatments.

            Yes, warriors and war victims, and others who needed it most, are often not interested in going through the treatments. Partly due to social stigma, admitting that there is an issue, but even more because effective treatment demands emotional stamina --- because healing requires going back into something that is very painful, confronting it, being present to it, and then embarking on the steps I've outlined above.

            Thank you for acknowledging your PTSD. That is courageous. That is the gating step. You are on the path to healing.

            On the other hand, it appears John McCain has never acknowledged his PTSD. He is in denial. His POW "engine" is driving him, he is driven forward, he is driven to the behavior we have witnessed from him.

            Anybody who goes through a prison camp experience like McCain did sure gonna be scarred for life; ya know it can't be good for their mental health.

            John McCain's unaddressed PTSD is driving him over the cliff -- and he damn sure wants to take the rest of us all with him.

            #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

            by ivote2004 on Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 06:32:28 PM PDT

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            •  McCain PTSD quote from another thread... (0+ / 0-)

              It's PTSD.  Increased cortisol production heightens the degree of the flight or flight reaction so that interactions, even everyday ones that aren't negative, seem more like confrontations.  Avoiding eye contact keeps all kinds of bad things from happening: increased anxiety, inability to think clearly, and so forth.

              I also think that he's either been coached to avoid eye contact to control his rage or he's decided that it works for him.  Possibly it's not a conscious decision.  I never really realized what I was doing for a very long time.  But still, to avoid eye contact completely requires some conscious effort or coaching.  Typically you'll naturally try to make contact with other people, but then experience discomfort, then avert your gaze.

              But I recognize that difficulty in making eye contact, the alternate sense of panic or hostility that results when eye contact is forced because I've dealt with it to some degree myself.  You look someone in the eye, and even though rationally you know that it's just contact with another human being, you feel threatened.  Scrutinized.  Sized up.  You avert your gaze, or you start to shake, or feel more hostile toward the person for no good reason, or the need to move away or become more dominant, and so forth.

              by JAS1001 on Sun Sep 28, 2008 at 12:02:31 AM MDT

              #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

              by ivote2004 on Sun Sep 28, 2008 at 01:05:11 AM PDT

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  •  Fear (7+ / 0-)

       I must not fear.
       Fear is the mind-killer.
       Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
       I will face my fear.
       I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
       And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
       Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
       Only I will remain. [1]

    "If I pay a man enough money to buy my car, he'll buy my car." Henry Ford

    by johnmorris on Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 06:00:06 PM PDT

    •  You're welcome (4+ / 0-)
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      As an Obamican, how do you recommend we reach out to those well-meaning Republicans who are naive to the tactics being used against them, and all of us, by the Shocksters?

      #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

      by ivote2004 on Thu Sep 25, 2008 at 06:05:34 PM PDT

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      •  Honestly, it is a class/economic issue that has (2+ / 0-)
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        to begin with improving the quality of our public education system.  We have to educate people, beginning at a very young age, to become critical thinkers. But, I think we all have to be involved to help contribute to the process, beginning with educating people to support Obama, who has a plan to improve our educational system.

        I think those of us who have the knowledge of truth have to keep passing it on to those who are unaware or lacking the truth.

        I really believe Obama will make the changes we desperately need to improve our nation and the world, but we all have to participate in the process to help him fight those who resist.

        •  It's about conscience,integrity,and character (2+ / 0-)
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          Bush went to the finest schools but it failed to give him the conscience he needed to develop compassion for others.He is a schemer, a cheater who lacks integrity and character. Even his religion is a sham.It serves him, he doesn't serve it.When God stops being useful to him, he will either start to drink again or commit suicide.

          He doesn't have the courage it takes to look yourself in the mirror and say,"I messed up.I need to change before I hurt someone." His ego is too fragile.

          I taught church school.You can't make other people moral but you can foster moral development in others by encouraging compassion through empathy.Empathy is intuitive.Babies will cry together in sympathy.Even a toddler will try to comfort another toddler by sharing a pacifier or cookie.Ever had a toddler try to feed you a cookie by shoving it in your mouth?Sharing is natural.

          It's perfectly ok to get pissed if you see bad things being done to others.Real outrage is a good thing.We need more of it.How have we managed to sit by and put up with all the rotten things that have been done to others?

          I love Ghandi and Martin Luther but we are dealing with bullies who have institutionalized torture and neglect.You aren't supposed to put up with it.

          These are cynical times but we don't have to cave to them.We can act with the courage of our convictions.Our faith in the "good" will guide us in our actions and we won't be alone.There are more good people out there.

          •  lindalrs and obamican08, thank you both (1+ / 0-)
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            You have each contributed complementary facets of an underlying wisdom.

            I think those of us who have the knowledge of truth have to keep passing it on to those who are unaware or lacking the truth.

            I really believe Obama will make the changes we desperately need to improve our nation and the world, but we all have to participate in the process to help him fight those who resist.

            It's perfectly ok to get pissed if you see bad things being done to others.Real outrage is a good thing.We need more of it.How have we managed to sit by and put up with all the rotten things that have been done to others?

            I love Ghandi and Martin Luther but we are dealing with bullies who have institutionalized torture and neglect.You aren't supposed to put up with it.

            These are cynical times but we don't have to cave to them.We can act with the courage of our convictions.Our faith in the "good" will guide us in our actions and we won't be alone.There are more good people out there.

            Allow me to just add this: we accelerate and gain momentum and become increasingly powerful and effective as we move through the 8 steps/stages/phases -- especially c > d > e > f > g.

            #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

            by ivote2004 on Sat Sep 27, 2008 at 01:12:57 AM PDT

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  •  Excellent diary, ivote. (1+ / 0-)
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    This is really the subject that brought me to the intertoobs in the first place. (see: my screenname)

    I highly recommend that anyone who wants to become a master of this subject of emotional up-leveling read 2 books. One - Power vs Force, by David R. Hawkins - including the intro.  The intro explains the scientific method for the findings in the book.  It's quite wonky, but very powerful.

    Basically, the lower down you are on the emotional scale - the more more forceful you will have to be to accomplish anything, the higher up the scale - the more powerful your actions will be.

    And the other book I recommend is Holodynamics, by Vern Woolf.   This excellent book actually gives a very useful and helpful method to move our mind/emotions out of 'stuck' mode and into productive power mode.  The bottom line here is to remember that there are actually different parts of the brain formulating different responses to an overwhelming experience.  We get bogged down when the different perspectives do not mesh.  For example when we want to have courage, but are too f'ing afraid to know how to get there.  Holodynamics sets the courage and the fear up as allies to work together, rather than working against eachother in inner-battles that freeze us up.  

    Seeing the fear, or other debilitating emotion as a symbol for a message to the self - that can be acknowledged and learned from, allows the fear to let it's grip go and allow forward progress to naturally unfold between the two.  

    When it was said - there is nothing to fear but fear itself - that was a mind f*ck (although perhaps not necessarily meant to be.)  Fear itself should not be feared, but rather learned from so that we can witness what got us there and remember the signs.  That allows the basic 'survival self' to feel that it is not being ignored.  When the 'survival self' feels heard, the higher emotions can enter and take part in the solution.

  •  Good stuff/please spell check 'weird'/n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    •  now fixed... Thanks for proofreading! (0+ / 0-)

      (and now I know where that weird feeling was coming from... ;) )

      #3: ensure network neutrality; #2: ensure electoral integrity; #1: ensure ecosystemic sustainability.

      by ivote2004 on Sun Sep 28, 2008 at 01:10:49 AM PDT

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