Create a Trust Environment


I remember what I was wearing, the room I was in, the furniture, the color…the smells. Past memories surface when least expected. In a fleeting moment confusion may occur. The mind races towards how to direct behavior. A task or person may trigger past trauma, pain, or uneasy sensory memories.

Aware or not, everything registers in to the brain as a memory (ASA 2014). So colors, objects, people, patterns – anything in the line of sight (and peripherally), smell, taste – all registers as ‘data’. The brain organizes this information to use as a response behavior. Trust is included in the life memory bank. Comfort, safety, restful environments or things are included as trustful.

This intellectually driven method aids to establish trust. Conflict resists trust. The brain organizes conflict into ‘fight’ behaviors like passivity, anger, or manipulation. It’s capable of experience-dependent change. It needs present experiences to change its original interpretation.

Repetition and awareness of time is necessary for lasting change (Hillary et a. 2003). Paint a wall or a do-it-yourself project may create a trust environment. Foster wellbeing styling an environment or modifying a task to adjust feelings towards safety, comfort, and rest.

GIG Design | Intellectual Lifestyle

CONTEXT

DESIGN^touch | In context of relationship to real time a hand fidget or an awakening color while reading may ground the mind through present movement and sight.

OCCUPATION

DESIGN^touch | Elements in the occupation of self-care may benefit to be discreet, organized behind hanging soft, neutral color fabric.

SENSE

DESIGN^touch | Use sense to regulate behaviors like using this soft, floral envelope for bills and financial goals.

American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). (2014, March 18). Rats’ brains may ‘remember’ odor experienced while under general anesthesia, study suggests. ScienceDaily. Retrieved November 12, 2015 from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140318093045.htm

Hillary FG, Schultheis MT, Challis BH, Millis SR, Carnevale GJ, Galshi T, DeLuca J. Spacing of repetitions improves learning and memory after moderate and severe TBI. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 2003 Feb;25(1):49-58. PMID: 12607171