Lets imagine that you are on a boat in the middle of the ocean.
A storm explodes (bummer!…) and your boat sinks (dang…).
First scenario: You try to swim as hard as you can for a while, trying to survive your situation, but the angry ocean overpowers you, and you nearly drown.
Next thing you know: you are waking up on a sandy beach, your body is sore but you are alive!
You have no idea about what happened in the water. The last thing you are remembering is you struggling to keep your head out of the water… then nothing.
In this case, when the rescue team will come and finally get you, you will be emotionally fine, not even shook up really: just happy to be alive and well!
Chances are that next time you will be on a boat or in a situation that will be identified by your subconscious as “similar” to be on a boat a fear pattern will appear and will not leave you alone for the rest of your life.
Second scenario: The boat sinks, you start swimming for your life… It is tough, scary, stressful, hard on your muscles and joins, but you are lucky and you finally reach a tiny island in the middle of nowhere. You lay on the sand regain strength and finally are rescued.
In this case you will be emotionally “shaken”, impacted, for about 2 to 3 months.
It is the time that the brain needs to reach “emotional homeostasis”: Integrating a new (sometimes life changing) experience. After the period of natural homeostasis, you would have integrated this experience, learnt from it.
You will then have a fascinating story to share around you but you will not have any emotional weight tight to it.
To recap what we’ve learnt here, we could say:
An unwilling loss of consciousness creates an amnesia and this amnesia will be the root of a future disruptive recurrent emotion.
No loss of consciousness: emotional regulation will happen within 2 to 3 months. No “permanent” root will be created. No disruptive emotional patterns will take place.
Loss of consciousness: no emotional repercussions will be felt right away. But an emotional difficulty may / will appear when the person will be exposed to a situation perceived as “similar” by the reptilian brain. This emotional difficulty will then be recurrent.
Often an event that we consider being at the origin of a fear pattern, was only a triggering event that reactivated an information that until then remained “asleep” in the neuronal system.
Intellectually “digging” around this triggering event will not resolve the pattern.
The only way to allow a complete integration will be for the person to re-experience physically and not intellectually the true origin of the emotion.
Most of our losses of consciousness happen during a time of our life too early to be intellectually remembered*… (*Luc Nicon: “Sensory Reliving”)