Aesthetics & Trauma Therapy

Trauma is a human experience, which is believed to be more than a human mind can bear and this kind of psychological overwhelming can be caused by various acts of nature or man. The parasympathetic nervous system freezes the response during the extreme danger experience. Usually the normal psychological state is restored after the shock or extreme danger experience has passed but when the parasympathetic nervous system does not return to its normal state, human being becomes immobile. Trauma therapy does not mean to treat or help escaping from trauma; it actually help to provide psychological potential or ability to overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and traumatic experience. Therapist usually tries to relive patients from the after effects of trauma.

Every one may not experience the persistent of post traumatic syndrome, as most of the cases the after effects of trauma disappear automatically after few weeks or months in certain positive circumstances. But in some cases few patients need careful treatments, as they cannot get out from the aftereffects. Depending on the intensity of traumatic experience, PTSD is classified into two stages- acute and chronic. Which kind of therapy should be applied is usually depends on some physical signs- rapid breathing, startled look, increased heart rate, quick body movements  and vocal constriction. As, it is a state of psychology psychotherapist can provide the best treatment to recover but the psychotherapist must have handful experience of trauma treatment to serve the result. It is important to identify the post traumatic symptoms to start an ideal or respective therapy.

Dr. Peter Levine developed somatic experiencing, which actually catches body experiences in different levels and reprogram it to take the body out of the trauma state. Body working is another recognized trauma therapy, as body working helps to stimulate the healing process and make a safe discharge of trauma. In many cases psychotherapists try to investigate the background of patient in order to decide the proper healing process. In this case the patient should talk to the therapist before starting any therapy. The therapist provides a safe heaven, in which the patient can recollect beautiful memories and thus the patient quietly passes into a comfortable zone. Talk and touch therapy together, show the best result but must be from the experience therapist. An experienced therapist usually approaches to the therapy through three stages. He first tries to deal with the changing emotional responses, and then identifies how the altered responses affect the behavior; finally tries to reduce the negative emotional aspects by getting the response in acceptable level. Different therapists follow different models of therapy but one should be careful of choosing a therapist, as a wrong step can make the psychological state of post traumatic stress disorder more complex and ever lasting.

Defining Aesthetics

Critics often use the word “aesthetics” to describe or in a comprehensive view to analyze the beauty that lies in a particular art. Most of the people carry the misconception about the meaning of aesthetics by associating it only with arts and artists and they consider the term as a dignified degree. But actually defining the subject matter of aesthetics is difficult, as every task or activity has its own aesthetic value. All our reactions or acceptances, even our preferences and fancies seem to depend on our aesthetic tastes. Although, aesthetic has its own profound descriptive philosophical variations, in modern sense, it points the branch of philosophy that deals with the taste, art and beauty. In a broader view it also takes the concern of each thing, which plays with the things that appeals to the senses, though every culture and civilization has its own conception about aesthetics depending on the religious notions.

In 1735, Alexander Baumgarten first attributed the term “aesthetics” in modern sense. The word “aesthetic” came from the Greek word “Aisthetikos”(sentient, sense of perception), which was derived from the word “aisthanomai”(sense). Traditionally Aesthetics was being used to mean philosophical pursuits. German philosopher Immanunuel Kant gave this term the explicit aspect. So, it can be said that the acceptance of aesthetics in various usable definitions have flourished in 18th century.

Keeping aside the term used by philosophers, aesthetic has more useful values to describe anything in nature, which appeals to our sense. Philosophical overview outline that aesthetically sufficient things do not mean to appeal everyone. The term aesthetic can significantly be applied to anything seen beautiful from any aspect or any point of view. Though aesthetic is very much related to art but it does not mean whenever we discuss about an art, we are discussing about the aesthetics. It is the psychological barriers that limit our thinking.  Apart from the beauty or ugly, aesthetic points our view to the political and moral experiences. Every civilization depicts its own aesthetic values whether it is subversive or not. An art may serve its aesthetics to some prophets but at the same time it may not have the acceptance to others. On the other hand, same aesthetic experience can give several paradoxical conceptions. We, the common people experience or observe a thing through our intellectuality, which gives the actual conceptual content and that is why, some times an art or creation loses its aesthetical reality. The power of imagination along with the experiences gives the aesthetical outline. So finally, it must be said that, when an art or creation holds some aesthetical values, it does not supply the way of charm sometimes. When some one describes that he have had an aesthetic experience, then he must have gone through a charming and sensational experience.