The One-Eye Technique

The One-Eye Technique

With the One Eye Technique, it activates alternately to the cerebral hemispheres, so that the person is able to "see" two different points of view about a specific conflict or situation. The objective of this procedure is to achieve better interhemispheric communication andintegration of the cerebral hemispheres through the corpus callosum, in this way, the subject acquires a more complete and clear "vision" of the situation, so he can "walk lighter through life" without so many emotional packagings.


  • 1 What is the technique of 'one eye at a time'?
  • 2 How does the brain work?
  • 3 How is the “one eye at a time” technique performed?
  • 4 For what problems has the technique of one eye shown to be useful at a time?
  • 5 Traumatic memories and desensitization

What is the technique of 'one eye at a time'?

This technique is part of Brain Integration Techniques (ICT), the emotional charges that cause dysphoria, discomfort and that they generally imply both somatic and cognitive responses, can be worked on and reduced significantly, eliminate those “knots” in the visual field, in the body and mind, in a short time and obtaining good results, so that the brain once released from said weight, can optimize its superior functions and adapt better or more adaptively the bodily functions.

This procedure is based on the Desensitization and Reprocessing by Eye Movements (EMDR), was matured by the doctors: Autrey Cook and Richard Bradshaw (2000), they observed the psychotherapeutic work with their patients, since: through the eye we can access the visual cortex, they did it sequentially and alternately, activating both cerebral hemispheres. They have currently created the hemispherical glasses technique which applies these principles with a new technology that facilitates psychotherapeutic treatment, both for patients and for health professionals (Ferrazzano Solvey et al. (2007).

How does the brain work?

The interhemispheric fissure is a cleft that divides the left and right hemisphere, although both operate in very different ways, the hard body unites them, allowing the exchange of information; with the technique of one eye at a time, it seeks optimize the “connection” between both hemispheres and improve the superior brain functions, remember that being this: the "central command" of the central nervous system (CNS), is also responsible for regulating our bodily functions.

The prefrontal cortex helps us to perform cognitively complicated behaviors, problem solving and decision making, when anxiety levels are very high, you are not so 'efficient' in your tasks, because the alert system of the body, giving priority to other functions.

When the brain function is integrated, by means of the technique of one eye it is “activated” to the frontal lobe at a time, so that the individual is able to choose other more adaptive or functional behaviors for their circumstances. Therefore, it is used to treat phobias, since in a short time you can get effective results, sometimes they require it, because there are patients with phobias or fears that can affect their lives, many times they need to lose that fear to be able to continue with their optimal development in the different areas in those that the subject develops, as in the case of social anxiety, which can be a cause of school absenteeism for a student, sometimes it is out of fear, as is the case with many patients who have been victims of school violence, it is important that parents pay attention to our children and their educational needs; This neurotherapy, allows the patient to reintegrate into academic life, with cerebral reintegration, the student can incxlusive improve classroom skills.

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How is the "one eye at a time" technique performed?

This neurotherapy is a non-invasive and very simple technique. During the session, the patient is asked to 'think, visualize and tune in' with the problem, the emotion or the 'pain memory' To which one wishes to apply the treatment, it is common for the subject to be asked to narrate the conflicting situation, while the person covers one eye.

Subsequently, the individual will be subsequently executing during the protocol the guidelines given, alternating with the right and left eye, at the request of the psychotherapist. It is done in 'beta', which corresponds to a waking or alert state.

The praxis of the technique of one eye at a time, can be with the patient's own hand or with the device previously given to the patient by the psychotherapist, this always under its indications as to the alternation and other variables that must be controlled, when patients perform this technique, the therapist visualizes certain “points in the visual field”, Dr. Ferrazzano Solvey, calls them “knots”, are emotions that cause us somatic and cognitive discomfort, because “body and mind meet intimately related. ” Gary Craig, creator of EFT: the emotional release technique, I affirm that:

"The cause of all 'negative' emotion is a disorder of the body's energy system."

The technique of one eye at a time helps to reprocess the conflicting information, so that the person "can see things more clearly" by dissolving those "emotional knots" How do you manage to lighten those extra emotional charges? Achieving to minimize the levels of stress, anxiety, dysphoria and physical manifestations of these states, or at best: eliminating or significantly modifying this type somatic, cognitive and behavioral responses, since that type of reaction subtracts us energy, while exacerbating confusional and distress states.

For what problems has the technique of one eye shown to be useful at a time?

It has been applied with good results in the treatment for to modify emotional and somatic maladaptive responses, such as some confusional, dissociative and "psychological shock" states, the latter, is a phenomenon in which the person is "blocked" before an object, person or situation (stimulus), altering their cognitive, behavioral and bodily functions. It happens to some students in front of an academic exam, the “famous”: 'Mental blockage', where the pupil effectively has that information that is required in the test stored, but experiences an anguish so great that he cannot 'recover' that data, just at the moment that most requires it!

Likewise, a very varied range of psychopathologies can be treated, since It is a good tool for anxiety, anger and stress management, that are implicit in many conditions. It is used as a complement to another type of therapeutic process, in case the disorder warrants it and according to the psychological assessment, it is therefore important to go with health and behavioral professionals. Some of the conditions for which this technique is very effective are:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD))
  • Phobias and fears
  • "Panic attacks" or crisis of anguish
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Lack of emotional regulation
  • Acute or chronic stress
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Difficult to focus

Traumatic memories and desensitization

The psychological abuseIt can also be very harmful, especially when it comes to young children and teenagers, remember that they are building their self-concept, so it is suggested to strengthen it. The brain of a person who has suffered verbal, physical, psychological and other traumatic or violent experiences, especially constantly, learns to respond in a certain way or not adaptively respond to situations of this type or that are painful, as it happens with the learned helplessness, that before an evidently threatening reality. The psyche is 'comfortably numb' or 'desensitized', the person is so accustomed to abuse, in any form, that it isolates painful memories and emotions.

Many times he manages to save himself from the "mental bombardment" by also using repression with their masks, denial, as well as different types of defense mechanisms and othersbad adaptation mechanisms and emotional well-beingIt should be mentioned that although they sound similar and share characterology, these strategies of the intrapsychic structure of the self are different.

With the 'one eye technique at a time', it is possible to desensitize a traumatic memory or a 'pain memory', as well as somatic alterations typical of the states of anxiety.

When painful experiences occur, memories are stored in the body, a hemisphere knows with certainty that the experience that caused trauma (s): "indeed it happened"; However, the other party “cannot or will not believe it”, perceives it as a 'bad dream' and has the 'feeling' that upon waking up: “everything will end”, he does it to protect himself, he uses it as a shield to not feel so much pain and  emotional suffering.

The prefrontal cortexIt helps us to execute cognitively complicated behaviors, to solve problems and to make decisions, when anxiety levels are very high, it is not so 'efficient' in its performance, because the 'alert system' of the body is activated , giving priority to other functions.

Some people may suffer so much that they manifest identity dissociation, states of "psychological shock", affective dullness, confusional states, mood disorders and sometimes, you can see a detriment in their cognitive processes such as: thinking, attention, memory, language and learning, among others.

When anxiety levels are very high, distress is generated, in which: the prefrontal cortex is not so "active", being she who gives support to perform superior brain behaviors and functions, the decision making of the individual is directly affected and its cognitive processes, the "one eye technique at a time" represents a good psychotherapeutic resource with which the emotional burden of traumatic memories can be eliminated and the responses changed.

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