Slow/Short Bilateral
Processing (SS-BLP)

Literature

[1] Artigas, Lucina; Jarero, Ignacio (2014):
The Butterfly Hug Method for Bilateral
Stimulation.

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[2] Artigas, L., Jarero, I., Mauer, M., López
Cano, T., & Alcalá, N. (2000, September).
EMDR and Traumatic Stress after Natural
Disasters: Integrative Treatment Protocol
and the Butterfly Hug. Poster presented at
the EMDRIA Conference, Toronto, Ontario,
Canada.

unpublished / source not found - probably
similar to [1]

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Definition

A form of Bilateral Processing (BLP) that uses (relatively) slow and (relatively) short sequences of Bilateral Stimulation.

slow pace

meaning 1/s or slightly less stimuli, i.e. a cycle of 2 stimuli (one right + one left) takes 2-3 seconds

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to avoid the "triggering" effect of FL-BLP

short duration

4-10 cycles only!

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to avoid the "triggering" effect of FL-BLP

Bilateral Processing

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Bilateral Stimulation

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Differentiate from ...

Rapid/Long Bilateral Processing (FL-BLP)

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Applications

Within the ECS

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SS-BLP is widely used to reinforce positive
emotions, resources and cognitions -
usually in the context of other methods,
like:

Resource Work

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Inner Safe Place

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SAFE Method

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Variants

Butterfly Hug (BH)

Definition within the ECS

The Speed and Duration of Tapping

resembles SS-BLP

The Position

it is secondary where on the body the
tapping happens

"The “Butterfly Hug” (BH) is a
self-administer[ed] Bilateral Stimulation
(BLS) method (like the eye movement or
tapping) to process traumatic material for
an individual or for group work.
Desensitization (self-soothing) is a
reprocessing byproduct using the BH as
BLS." [1]

Self-administered BLS should only be
applied under very strict safety measures
and specific circumstances.

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BLS

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Mechanism

Interpretations

let's avoid interpretations when the actual reason why this works is still unknown!

no BS, please!

"mother's heartbeat"

metaphysical explanation

feels like a hug

don't feel it

Evidence-Level

Level III

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The BH has only empirical evidence.

"The Butterfly Hug was originated and
developed by Lucina Artigas during her
work performed with the survivors of
Hurricane Pauline in Acapulco, Mexico,
1998." [1,2]

"The Butterfly Hug had become standard
practice for clinicians in the field while
working with survivors of man-made and
natural catastrophes." [1]

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Although I wish this was the case I believe that the current evidence base is not sufficient to call the method a "standard" - neither does the lack of distribution speak for this. I assume that the method is known to a specific circle of specialists and probably considere a "standard" among them.

Literature Research

"Butterfly Hug"

Web Results listed under Literature

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Pubmed - no results

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"Artigas, Lucina"

Pubmed - no results

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Evidence from the context of Bilateral Stimulation

Examples

Moscow Workshop

The "full sequences" all contain SS-BLP elements, often in the form of the "Butterfly Hug".

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