Whenever something in the present “triggers” a trapped emotion, the person being triggered will typically “project” the trigger onto whatever triggered him/her. Rarely is the person aware of what has been termed as automatic thoughts, only about being triggered. When a person is regressed back to the source of the trigger, they can then be aware of what thoughts accompanied the trigger. Energy of the trapped emotion will resonate with the trigger and commonly will be projected outward onto others. In family systems, trapped emotions among various members family members create impediments to the positive thoughts and loving feelings that are what most parents want for their families. In this case, 2nd order change is strengthened through reducing emotional barriers in the family system.

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