Definition extracted from their first level training manual with permission from EMDR Institute, Inc.
Adaptive resolution is the outcome when maladaptive or dysfunctional information from a traumatic episode in the history of the client is shifted into a form in which it is no longer capable of triggering disturbing emotional, somatic, cognitive or behavioral responses. Formerly disturbing memories and triggers are desensitized and more appropriate, functional information is integrated into positive, emotional and cognitive schema. The key to adaptive processing is that learning takes place. What is useful is learned, stored with appropriate affect and capable of guiding the person appropriately in the future. What is useless is discarded.