The primitive form of relaxed pleasure appears as satisfaction with pleasurable relaxation which facilitates the feeling of security (the basis of attachment) and the forming of close relationships with family and friends. Autistic children tend to express tensioned pleasure which promotes a rigid mind and narrow range of consciousness.
Developmentally speaking, tensioned pleasure appears at around 1-2 months of age, excited pleasure at around 3-4 months, and relaxed pleasure (feeling of security) at around 6-7 months. From this last one, attachment relations are formed between mother and baby.
We treat autistic children by repeating a cycle of tickling and resting (or relaxing) in early stages. Through making easily this cycle, we can make a cycle of tension raising and relaxation with pleasure. At first, we make a cycle of tensional change by using bodily stimulation, then by visual and auditory stimulation and lastly interaction with social meaning.
In attempting to elicit relaxed pleasure from autistic children, positive results were achieved.Increasing relaxed pleasure will dissolve the autistic state of mind.
Relaxed emotion plays a vital role in developing and maintaining good relations with others. With it, we feel satisfied, safe, and the sense of attainment, which is the basis of attachment, intimacy and love. On the other hand, a deficiency in relaxed pleasure can lead to stronger levels of anxiety.
Autistic children lack relaxed emotion, preventing the development of social skills. If tensioned emotion is excessively dominant, they will focus very narrowly and rigidly only on a very limited number of their favorite things, which is also how they will tend to think. At first, this behavior will appear together with tensioned emotion, but after enough repetition, the rigid and narrow state of mind will start to occur without the emotion. In order to dissolve this state of mind, we should transform tensioned emotion into excited and relaxed emotion. The elicitation of relaxed pleasure is particularly important for improving the autistic state of mind.
We explain how to elicit relaxed pleasure and ease tensioned emotion in this book in detail for promoting emotional development of autistic children..