Appendix C: Glossary

Appendix C:  Glossary


Acronyms represent, respectively,|
Etiotropic Trauma Management
; Trauma Resolution Therapy; Strategic Human Ontological Management

Identification Basics

ETM TRT SHOM is a secular1, drug free2, strategically structured psychodynamic3, Etiotropic/etiology-focused4, and ontologically-based5 approach to management of psychological trauma and its individually-, systemically-, organizationally- and community-/nationally-/civilizationally-presenting influences.
What ETM TRT SHOM is NOT: It is neither a (to reference several competitors) Behavioral, Cognitive Behavioral, Nosotropic/symptom-focused, non-secular/conversion, non-structured psychodynamic (e.g., Analysis or Person Centered), pharmacologically supportive, eclectically-oriented, or Exposure therapy; nor is ETM TRT SHOM a Twelve Step-based, -related, or -configured, or other self-help or general counseling life-coping-based methodology.

Longevity: thirty-six years; but initiated earlier, 1976. TRT’s formal development started in 1979 – completed in 1982. Tested through 1991. Currently extant. See Professional Due Diligence for the First Secular Cure of Psychological Trauma (PTSD).

Concepts and Terms

Cope or Cure?!

That’s the question to ask and answer when contemplating psychological trauma and all its ramifications.

When having to face, confront or otherwise address ─ from any perspective, i.e., either clinically, managerially, or self ─ psychological trauma and its behaviorally identified extension (post-traumatic-stress-disorder), make your evaluation through a lens that either directs you to apply a coping approach (ever-continuing life management) to the trauma, or to, instead, cure it. In this usage, don’t be afraid of the “C” word! It’s for constructive analytical and implementation management, not marketing. In the Etiotropic paradigm, “cure” means to direct all respondent resources to alleviate the condition so that it no longer exists or presents, or is likely to present, within the life cycle. Nothing of the condition remains to be managed. Contrasting that with the Nosotropically7 restricted, and as well encumbered by the more temporary adaptive/coping conceptualization to problem-solving, ongoing, that is, as in ever-continuous, symptom-reduction/-control, or “coping,” skill-sets like those, for example, comprising Cognitive Behavioral, Codependency-based, and other behavioral-monitoring therapies and management devices are not required. They can and do even get in the way of efforts to sustain congruity through complete resolution. ETM TRT SHOM’s thesis asseverates that full (clearly delineated and incrementally sustained) reversal of trauma’s etiology ends the likelihood of behavioral presentations, which include post trauma symptoms, and whether they currently qualify under DSM promulgations as a disorder, or not. Speaking conceptually, metaphorically, and even practically, Behavioral therapy/management and their coping-ordered derivatives are good for air mobile assaults and amphibious landings; ETM TRT SHOM is intended to help us to not have to do those kinds of things in the first place, at least all the time, and particularly as was requred so routinely during the twentieth, and still now at the beginnings of the twenty-first, centuries.

1 “Secular”: Generally speaking, “secular” refers to the use of psychological (Greek version of "soul") as opposed to spiritual (e.g., Hebraic and some Eastern conceptionalizations of the same) variables when attempting to solve problems related to the human consciousness. Sometimes (NOT in ETM), “secular” refers to a policy/philosophy/methodology) that disallows any focus on a God, God, or other supreme Being. In application by ETM, “secular” refers to the first use. Although the primary help in ETM does not come from the application of Conversion, which is one component of a non secular helping remedy, ETM does not preclude the use of that non secular approach in parallel applications.

2 Drug Free: means that the management/therapy-where-required program is applied in non medicated or, again, drug free environs. “Medicated” refers to not just abusive or addictive use to, say for example, Marijuana, alcohol, prescription psychotropic medication, and opiates, but to social, controlled, medicinal, or entertainment use as well. The non-drug use policy attending ETM’s application is not based on moral, religious, addiction-interdiction, systemic prohibition and other behavioral-control rationales, but on the facts related to those both formal and informal medications’ interferences with neuro-molecular learning and unlearning that attends complete resolution, or the cure approach (referenced here as ETM TRT SHOM™), to management of psychological trauma.

3 Strategically structured psychodynamic: This linked phrase represents through summary the differences between ETM TRT SHOM and all other, and particularly psychodynamic-based, Behavioral, Cognitive Behavioral, and Conversion (non secular) social management problem-solving models. Clicking on the link will take you to a detailed explanation of both the phrase's meaning and the referenced differences.

4a Etiotropic/Etiology-Focused: generically refers to problem solving that focuses upon the origin, source, core, or medically speaking, etiology, of a problem or condition. When applied to management and treatment of psychological trauma, “Etiotropic” refers to the focus of problem solving on the identification and reversal of trauma’s etiology ─ i.e., restoration of event-sundered existential identity6. Putting the definition into perspective, “Etiotropic” means the opposite of “Nosotropic,” which in contrast focuses problem solving on thought/behavioral symptomatology.

4b Trauma Etiology, also recognized here as molecular extinction, presents in this epistemology's definition as a neurobiological phenomenon having psychological-to-behavioral consequences. The biology is manifested in synaptic learning theory pertaining to long term potentiation of the synapse (traces) retaining the existential aspects of identity. Imposed change, that is a traumatic event, also manifest in that same substrate as long term depression of the predominating identity-retaining synapse simultaneous with an inhibitation by another synapse (trace) forming the new reality, or also called now decimated or changed original/pretrauma identity. The entire process is called molecular extinction of the synaptic substrate of the referenced and target/attacked identity. And, moving into the Nosotropic aspects of the condition, the morphology is facilitated by the body's HAPA or also termed stress response. It produces the neuromolecular proteins and neurotransmitters (at least Opioid, Noradrenergic, Glutamate systems) to build the new and expanding synaptic base. The change is referenced as synaptic plasticity or morphology. To support that morphology required to augment or otherwise house the new reality created by extinction, the brain engages creation of abstract realities that give cover to and for the ongoing extinction. Those abstractions, which can include denial of the extinction through delusion and so forth, present as thought/behavioral symptoms of the etiology/extinction activity. 

5Ontologically-based: "Human ontology" equates, in general terms, to human essence. So it is in ETM definitional, i.e., specific terms as well, but with some attempt in the presentation of that detail to provide additional clarification to the concept. That is done within its own chapter found here. And, it is necessary in order to strengthen the understanding and remedies against onslaughts upon or into ontology. Summarizing, where human essence/ontology is felt, experienced, understood, known, or intuited as the spirit of a person, in ETM parlance (and without intending to detract from that conceptualization) the description encompasses the neurobiology (to include neuromolecular unlearning and learning) comprising the whole of the organism as it lives and represents itself through its both conscious and unconscious existence, thought, feeling and functioning. Historically, human ontology's configuration has been relegated to and through Greek (psychological), Hebraic or Oriental interpretation (spiritual) of soul or being. A purpose of the use of this term "human ontology" is that the focusing upon this referenced "essence" shifts otherwise error-ridden clinical psychological and social management construences away from more singularly, hard-lined, or myopically focused Behavioral interpretations (that is, we are only what we do and achieve, and which also can be categorized by third-party evaluation) of the human consciousness.    

6 Existential Elements of Identity: Identity configures with lots of elements, thus can receive the same numbers of descriptions and interpretations. Most of them play an important role when Etiotropically addressing trauma etiology. However, existential elements of identity standout as requiring the most focused and assured care response because they retain in the psyche the engineering for continuity of the organism or other entities, like a relationship or multiple ones, e.g., those comprising a family. Without those elements of continuity, ongoingness is lost, and so also sometimes is even the will to survive. So existential elements of identity include retention of such things as value, belief, reality, and image that pertain to or otherwise maintain the continuity core: we need it to continue to exist. Moreover, existential elements of identity provide one of the, say for purposes of emphasis, pylons/foundational-pillers, and also argued here to be core, of the earlier referenced (footnote 5) human ontology.

7Etiotropic Trauma Management: The remedy, therapy, trauma management response, whether individually or systemically applied, directs through ETM TRT SHOM’s strategic and structured application the response to achieve the primary clinical and managerial goal of individual and systemic etiology reversal ─ i.e., restoration of event-sundered existential elements of identity.

8 Nosotropic (Symptom-focused): Problem-solving focuses on the identification and removal or ending of thought/behavioral symptoms emanating from a proposed condition.

9Strategic Human Ontological Management (SHOM): SHOM is a theory and methodology that extends practical applications of Etiotropic Trauma Management (ETM) and Trauma Resolution Therapy (TRT) into a community, particularly one which has defensive (from attack/invasion) responsibilities for a group; for example, nations, states and civilizations. Where ETM TRT is based in several decades of actual application/testing and etc., SHOM (and due to incapacitating illnesses and injuries affecting its authors beginning in the late 1990s) has been created as adjuctive theory and method for achieving its (Etiotropic Management) goals in the broader application. They are published in part here (Author's Message) and more completely here.

10Exogenous Variables in Etiotropic Trauma Management

Exogenous variables refers to those cultural characteristics that influence the resolution or not of trauma. They include medication, other social (controlled) or pathological (uncontrolled) drug/alcohol use, and stringently applied thought/clinical therapy models which may intercede and interfere with the resolution activity referenced herein as TRT. 

The TRT Module Screens For, and Screens Out Exogenous Variables 

The goal of TRT’s application to an individual is to completely resolve that trauma attending a single source. “Complete resolution” is analogized as a “cure” for psychological trauma and its Behaviorally codified manifestation, “PTSD.”  Achievement of that goal depends from the onset on the establishment of a clinical environment which precludes interference by certain exogenous or cultural variables with delivery and thus use of the methodology. In TRT, that environment is called a clinical module. It consist of a set of rules, standards of clinical delivery of the service, and agreements between TRT therapist and patient that when adhered to establish the referenced environment which supports achievement of the noticed goal. Those rules, standards of delivery and agreements preclude: 

  1. 1.parallel application of psychotropic medications and previous applications of the same even though the patient has withdrawn from that use; in the latter instance, a substantial period of time since the use may support TRT’s application in the current period, but not with the expected complete resolution or “cure” level of results.
  2. 2.periodic social drug / alcohol use (not chemical dependency – see “3” next), for example, the patient engages in TRT group on Wednesdays and drinks even only two beers or glasses of wine on every Saturday, and no other alcohol or drug consumption occurs during the week.
  3. occurring issues, such as Bipolar Disorder and Chemical Dependency are not addressed within the module simultaneously with theShould they present parallel or in concert with the source of trauma being addressed or considered at this stage, these additional issues are addressed in separate clinical forums and not in this application of TRT.
  4. 4.non pathological social use is treated herein as an exogenous variable that will preclude reaching the highest completion of resolution (cure) level {see above “2”}; pathological drug / alcohol use is addressed as a primary issue of its own and one of the sources of trauma that should be addressed after the patient attains substantial sobriety within the ETM multiple sources definition and instruction for treatment.
  5. 5.application of TRT for the purpose of controlling or ending symptoms (meaning DON’T do this) rather than for resolving the trauma, that is, reversing the trauma’s etiologies (there are two); do not apply TRT when or if the person is engaged in a rigorous Behavioral control or modification program parallel to TRT’s application.
  6. 6.addressing a traumatic event(s) that occurred before the age of three years (this is not exogenous variable, but a limitation of the therapy; it can, however, possibly and even likely be addressed by TRT if done so within the multiple sources of trauma TRT application guidelines).
  7. 7.traditional application of TRT when a traumatized person is currently being exposed to an ongoing threat to the continuity of life, for example, as is a person who is (currently) living in the role of a battered spouse; specialized - strategic application of TRT is required in order to first protect the person’s life.
  8. 8.psychotropically medicated, social drug / alcohol using, or Chemically Dependent using therapists from attempting to administer TRT.

 11Hysterical: Within ETM TRT SHOM parlance, "hysterical" refers to the creation or adaptation of a continuum of interrelated abstractions (e.g., philosophies or other like attempts to answer "Why" the imposed change — extinction — is occurring.) that are hosted cerebrally and/or in the cortex, and that are intended to assuage actual and prospective trauma-affected discordance in functioning in compliance with the — as different from the location of trauma induced extinction of stored pre trauma elements of identity — narrative/directive/doctrine otherwise previously guiding the targeted/attacked entity's ongoing status: i.e., experience of state of continuity. The conscious adaptations may be temporarily beneficial as apparently much needed healing coping mechanisms, and at the same time paradoxically destructive as blockers of extinction's completion. In this use, "hysterical" doesn't have to be represented by ostensible loss of management control, which in easily recognizable action attends the culminating manifestation, but can be instead at the beginnings of its development the simple adaptation of cliche or the formation of original thought, philosophical in nature, but that always defends the psychology during survival from the onslaught of change to one's, to include where applicable a group's, psycho-basics. I've used this consolidating-of-clinical/management-descriptions approach because, as all TRT clinicians/managers inevitably see, the continuum for the beginnings-to-ending of hysteria occur synonymously with the pertinent professions' ordained culprits of final dissolution: lower level-to-moderate-to-massive denial, confusion-to-disordered-to-chaos of thought, contradiction-to-undermining of conscience, initial shock-to-diminished performance-to-full erosion of the capacity to carry on. They all come from the same start up — intellectual adjustment reaction to trauma etiology — attempts from the first interrogatory to restore the trauma decimated core with loftier philosophical visions promising new, but eventually faux hope: "That the extinction is not occurring."

Linear vs Nonlinear Problem-Solving Applications in
Etiotropic and Competing Trauma Management Paradigms


Behavioral, Cognitive Behavioral, and Rational Cognitive styled therapies and related social management techniques provide examples of linearally influenced — straight line — applications to human problem solving. In this scheme or narrative, "a", if not "the" primary solution for solving thinking related kinds of problems relies primarily upon exposure, that is development by the affected of conscious awareness of the improper functioning. In turn, education through its didatic application in web site activities is applied logically to the most apparently visible variables with the idea that awareness of the malady's behavioral manifestation will remedy the discord, dysruption, failure to act logically or in accordance with the views of those applying the fix.

One example would have it that a target or victim of a traumatic event could be shown that his or her behavior has gone askew following a very difficult event. The remedy would show how to respond to that event's influences more constructively. Control of traditional means of functioning would be restored after the awareness was imparted to or upon the trauma affected person. From interpretation to implementation, the fix is applied over and throughout a straight line of logic: linearally.


Nonlinear means, as it is applied here, that multiple, referring to two or more, processes occur at the same time and may even be presenting as opposites; the thinkings of one entity, either being an individual or system, are evolving out of the expression of intent to achieve goals that are not only not the same, but positioned paradoxically. Achievement of one goal would counter achievement of another perceived as equally important. That prospect would produce a nonlinearally thinking or otherwise functioning entity, individual or systemic. At the same time, the entity is moving in completely different directions where one effort is pitted against the other.

That nonlinear development for a traumatized individual or collective psych epitomizes the problem identification component of the perspective underpinning the Etiotropic approach to trauma management. Hence, the problem solving application is nonlinearally adapted to address the referenced opposites, which otherwise precipiate an apparent division of the psych. From this view, linear remedies, when applied alone, support the division — split in the psychology — by focusing only on one side of the paradox (referring to the born-to-clash opposites) and to the detriment of the other. In linear problem solving, that other is ignored, even excluded from participation in the remedy. In the nonlinear approach, the "other" is equally defined and addressed simultaneously. Because Etiotropic Trauma Management considers and then addresses both elements of the otherwise paradoxically operating phenomenon splitting the psych, or pitting it against itself, ETM functions to the address of that end as both a linear AND nonlinear convention for trauma management. But there is more to that idea.

Historically, before clinical Behaviorism from Victor Pavlov came on to the scene, nonlinear psychic challenges were routinely addressed with psychodynamic-styled remedies like psychoanalysis and, then later at mid century, Person Centered therapies. But psychodynamic models had their problems. Dealing with the unconscious where opposites and their contradictions prevailed didn't just take a while, but were also notorious for lacking in linearly established problem identification, clear cut  establishment of goals, and direct methods for their achievements. That would change, though, beginning in the last quarter of that century. Strategic psychodynamic applications like ETM TRT SHOM provided an approach where the exactness and preciseness qualities attending linear management could be merged with the nonlinear principles formerly used to address "internal processings," i.e., the functionings of the unconscious as it related to dealing with psychic conflict. Nebulous time and lack of remedy direction, not to mention the failure to experience the congruity attending certainty, all negatives formerly attending the nonlinearal-only based psychodynamic approach, could be not just circumvented, but overcome.   

From the ETM TRT SHOM view, psychological trauma can only be partially solved through application of awareness-development, i.e., the otherwise cornerstone of rational cognitive, Cognitive Behavioral, Behavioral Therapy, each being either a derivitive of or adjunct to Behavioral Management techniques. That makes the problem, even, appear incurable. Not so. Instead of just applying awareness-development, the paradoxical manifestation may be addressed strategically through human interaction that allows the division of the entity, whether individually or collectively presenting, to be concluded, and with near or at least a comfortable level of exactness. Hence, ETM TRT SHOM is both a linear  and nonlinear approach to human problem solving when related to matters of psychological trauma.

The internet educational materials and blogs published under the ETM TRT SHOM model accomodate the linear vs nonlinear influences into the presentations.  


The Chirp™ Period

Chirp's Primary Purpose — Convention or Meaning

Before describing Chirp epistemology, its importance to ETM TRT SHOM online education should be considered. That is, its primary purpose of Chirp is to convey the presenter's/author's meaning as accurately as possible. To understand that purpose's relative value, on the one to ten scale, English or, say, Arabic grammar, spelling, paragraph, theme construction and other well formed conventions would rate an eight, and conveying meaning accurately would get the one rating. Morevover, one would be best. Ten would be the worst, or maybe to mean just less important. 

What is Chirp?

"Chirp" denotes the communication change adopted in response to the Internet's influence on expression. Several stages and phases hallmarked the era from early development to its currency, which at the time of this delineation is 2014. Chirp has been in transition, that is transforming itself, since its inception.

Chirp was Originally Comprised out of or from Email's Internetese

Beginning in 1993, Internetese was hallmarked by: anything — any words, any symbols/images — goes when writing in or otherwise sending an electronic note that fit within the screen's inner allotting  frame.

Rules Revolution in Expression

Grammar, spelling, paragraph and theme structure were ignored/absent/incongruous, but at least were turned over to a software for configuration.

Gatekeeper Absconding with the Loot

Races for establishing privately developed technical standards, most used portals, and mass attraction / management made traditional expressions that used to convey full meaning, meaningless. Expression had to fit within the new confines, which then would disappear with the antiquation of the ever changing technology, and sometimes those who owned it.

Frontal Lobe Everything: A New Way of Being

Electronic character restriction first summarized full thought combined with feeling, and then replaced both with fusion into something else not, yet, fully defined. But the development seems, in places, to be a facimille of what used to be termed "kneejerk-like" thought. But that might not be fair, given today's overall standards for being — most everything is short-term.


Statistical interpretation objectified away the fringe, which stunted exploration of both the frivolity of nonsense and depth attending growth through expression of new and even worthwhile ideas.


Benjamin Franklin is said to have stated that freedom of the press was a great thing, for those who could afford one. Now everyone can. So thank God, no matter the challenges brought about by its shortcomings, for the Internet. I always think it's entertaining to watch where it, and in part, we, are going, and thus what we appear as a mass to be becoming, at least for a little while.

Closed Captioned's influences on Chirp Identification, Internet Categorization and Naming 

When watching a streaming movie through one of those services, the closed captions at the bottom of the screen written in the selected language describing peripheral (walking through woods, or an open meadow) content read, even when I couldn't hear the real thing: "Birds chirping." "Crickets chirping." "Insects," and myriad small "bugs," even, "chirping." Every once in a while, emphasizing rarely, a bird will "tweet." It apparently represents a lesser sound element of the otherwise grander whole. Thus, I think the bigger view, the macro, should be symbolized by its actual manifestation. Hence, "Chirp."


Cult Management Principles Tied to Death Clauses
(Applied to these Circumstances)

"Cult" refers, generally speaking in this work, to organizations that exploit their members' individual ontologies for the primary purpose of advancing the overall's political — to include enhancing pecuniary interests — power. Although the term is not applied in these essays, usually, to beat up or otherwise discredit the group referenced as such, it does emphasize as a negative an identifier of collectively administered, doctrinally standardized, stringently conforming, and most probably pathological individual member to correlated public-/masses-management controls. Moreover, they can and often do come with their own systems of logic that get extra external attention when they include into their member psychologically manipulative strictures prospective applications of violence, and even in the extreme for maintenance of that control. For example and among other things, death for apostasy can assure the application of image maintenance controls by and from the collective — zero attrition supports the appearance of near ordination of the whole program, with everybody in it feeling part of the always-thought-to-be-ascending comfort and joy. Death for defamation adds both circumspection and politeness to group interactions. Death for blasphemy strengthens definitional focus on the spirit component, keeping members worshipping the approved words, symbols and philosophical notions which support the program in charge. And, death for psychologically dishonoring one’s family extends cult systemic control management authority for administering overarching organizational principles — everybody watches and attempts constantly to conform everyone else — into that (familial/tribal) core unit. Having said that, those death-based controls are not allowed, in this example application to Islam, in non Islamically managed countries such as those comprising the Anglosphere, and as say where they are so allowed/led in Iran, Sudan or Saudi Arabia. Giving us another perspective, the organization, therein, could certainly be considered non violently cultic in those (Anglosphere or European) vicinities. But if a transnational traveling Muslim, I would be circumspect regarding where I would visit, lest I should find myself subject, all of a sudden, to greater constraints.