Brain Area Encoded?
All allostatic circuits are encoded at Brain State 4 or 5.
Identify by Brain State when circuit activated (Cycle
• Activation of a 4 Circuit observed as Brain State 4 in
Activation of a 5 Circuit observed as Brain State 5 in
Generalization or Association?
Example: “I am bad.”
Expectations about self, others or life.
Example: “I get my safety from smoking.”
Expectations about corrective action to decrease
stress and increase reward.
Identify by activating circuit, and facilitating the
patient’s introspective awareness of the
expectation (Cycle Tool).
Chronology: Primary or Secondary?
The primary circuit was encoded prior to the
The primary circuit was encoded in more primitive
regions of the brain (higher stress arousal when
The primary circuit is often a false generalization, the
original trauma or attachment disruption.
The secondary circuit is the false association, the
corrective response to decrease stress and increase
reward insufficiency caused by the primary circuit.