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Perhaps we should not discount such reports as naive responses from the psychologically unsophisticated. Real people have something important to say about relaxation. Brain-Wave Activity We can further appreciate how increased arousal may be involved with relaxation if we look at the brain, specifically brain-wave activity. The brain does not generate a large amount of electrical activity, only enough to light a 25-watt light bulb. And this activity is not continuous but fluctuates in wavelike fashion many times a second.
Generally, pleasant imagery is cortically activating, fostering opening up. Meditation Can contribute to all, depending on level of skill level and preexisting state of meditator. For example, a fatigued and tired meditator will experience sleep and withdrawal; one burdened with accumulated tension, tension relief; and an alert meditator with little distracting tension, opening up. PMR, progressive muscle relaxation; AT, autogenic training. 2 R-States and the Cycle of Renewal R-State Withdrawal Recovery Sleepiness Disengagement Physical Relaxation Mental Quiet Mental Relaxation Strength and Awareness Joy Love and Thankfulness Prayerfulness Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Opening Up Yes Yes Yes Yes relaxation questionnaire.
People not in psychotherapy can 26 ABC Relaxation Theory generally reduce cognitive or somatic arousal in a month or two (Borkovec & Sides, 1979; Lehrer & Woolfolk, 1993; Lichstein, 1988). Once arousal is reduced, the relaxation response hypothesis has little to predict. Yet people continue to practice, change, and grow in relaxation for months, years, and even decades. People continue to claim that the nature of relaxation itself changes over the course of long-term practice. If relaxation is only reduced arousal, this cannot be.