Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR)
Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) is a method of effectively reducing traumatic stress from emotionally and/or physically painful events in the past. It involves re-experiencing past traumas in a completely safe environment, free of distractions, judgments, or interpretations.
Basic TIR is used to address incidents we know have happened to us: a car accident, the painful end of a relationship, a medical procedure, the loss of a loved one, a combat-related incident, the loss of a job or a failure in business or in school, receiving a frightening diagnosis, etc. In Basic TIR, we work on a past traumatic incident until all of the force, pain, and resistance is gone, we reach an end point. Sometimes, by similarity in content, there will be an earlier incident that is hooked into the first one we started to address. Such earlier incidents may be something we haven’t thought of in years. If an incident comes up, we address it in the same way until an end point is reached.
Sometimes we have unwanted feelings, emotions, sensations, attitudes, or pains without necessarily being aware of what incidents underlie them. Thematic TIR addresses these unwanted feelings, using the common “theme,” or feeling, to trace down through a number of incidents until the force and resistance is reduced from all of them, and an end point occurs.